Thank you so much for Tudor Society member Lorna for inspiring today's Claire Chats video. In today's talk, I look at when ear piercing became fashionable in the Tudor period, the evidence we have on it and also ear piercing in men.
Here are galleries for you. Click on images to enlarge.
Elizabeth I wearing earrings:
Men wearing earrings:
Charles I's pearl earring:
Other English portraits of people wearing earrings:
Sources and further reading
- Scarisbrick, Diana (1996) Tudor and Jacobean Jewellery, Tate Publishing.
- History of ear piercings - http://info.painfulpleasures.com/help-center/information-center/history-ear-piercings
- Charles I's pearl earring - http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/portland-collection/jewellery/charles-pearl-earring/
- Pocahontas's earrings - http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8173407/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/pocahontas-earrings-go-display/#.WRQSHtKGO00
- Portraits of people wearing earrings - http://www.larsdatter.com/earrings.htm
- More portraits - http://opusincertumhispanicus.blogspot.com.es/2012/01/el-piercing.html
- Cheapside Hoard earrings - http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/119558.html , http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/119554.html, http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/126095.html and http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/72061.html
- “Marked Difference: Earrings and “The Other” in Fifteenth-Century Flemish Art” by Penny Howell Jolly in the book Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images by D. Koslin (Editor), Janet Snyder (Editor)