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Ear Ring Collection

From royalty to Hollywood glamour, the ear ring has adorned the most iconic women throughout history

Background imageEar Ring Collection: BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American singer. Photographed in 1948

BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American singer. Photographed in 1948

Background imageEar Ring Collection: HRH Queen Elizabeth II

HRH Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). She is wearing the George IV State Diadem or Diamond Diadem. Date: circa 1954

Background imageEar Ring Collection: MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962). American cinema actress

MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962). American cinema actress

Background imageEar Ring Collection: 1940s hairstyle

1940s hairstyle
An elegant woman with an elaborate 1940s hairstyle decorated with pearls. circa 1940s

Background imageEar Ring Collection: CLARA SCHUMANN (1819-1896). German pianist and composer. Mrs

CLARA SCHUMANN (1819-1896). German pianist and composer. Mrs. Robert Schumann: lithograph, 19th century

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) on a visit to St Columb, Cornwall

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Moroccan Harem

Moroccan Harem - three women of the Harem seated on a fine carpet with a young child and surrounded with lush plants and octagonal Mother-of-pearl inlaid table and comfortable cushions

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Portrait of a traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat

Portrait of a traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Diana, Princess of Wales - St. Columb, Cornwall

Diana, Princess of Wales - St. Columb, Cornwall
A portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) visiting St. Columb, Cornwall

Background imageEar Ring Collection: JEAN HARLOW (1911-1937). American cinemactress

JEAN HARLOW (1911-1937). American cinemactress

Background imageEar Ring Collection: ANITA EKBERG (1931- ). Swedish cinema actress. Publicity still from Artists and Models, 1955

ANITA EKBERG (1931- ). Swedish cinema actress. Publicity still from Artists and Models, 1955

Background imageEar Ring Collection: THE TAMBOURINE. Line engraving after a painting by Pierre de Coninck (1828-1910)

THE TAMBOURINE. Line engraving after a painting by Pierre de Coninck (1828-1910)

Background imageEar Ring Collection: ELIZ I / PLAYERS / 27 / 50

ELIZ I / PLAYERS / 27 / 50
QUEEN ELIZABETH I Reigned 1558-1603

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Shakespeare / Chan / Legoux

Shakespeare / Chan / Legoux
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE English playwright and poet. Rectangular portrait with a view of the Globe Theatre underneath

Background imageEar Ring Collection: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Playwright and poet

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Theresa May, Conservative Candidate from Lanchester, North West Durham. England

Theresa May, Conservative Candidate from Lanchester, North West Durham. England. Pictured taken 14th March 1992 Theresa May has been officially confirmed as Prime Minister of England

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Summer

Summer
Gigi Rosado

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Empowerment

Empowerment
Gigi Rosado

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A Samburu warrior resplendent with long, braided, Ochred hair

A Samburu warrior resplendent with long, braided, Ochred hair. The round ear ornaments of the warriors are fashioned from ivory

Background imageEar Ring Collection: An array of colourful beads and ear-rings. Date: 1954

An array of colourful beads and ear-rings. Date: 1954

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Presentation of Jewellery, by the Artisans of Birmingham, to Her Majesty and Prince Albert

Presentation of Jewellery, by the Artisans of Birmingham, to Her Majesty and Prince Albert (engraving)
1095580 Presentation of Jewellery, by the Artisans of Birmingham, to Her Majesty and Prince Albert (engraving) by English School

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Study for The First Ear Ring (w / c, graphite and chalk on paper)

Study for The First Ear Ring (w / c, graphite and chalk on paper)
XYC291024 Study for The First Ear Ring (w/c, graphite and chalk on paper) by Wilkie, David (1785-1841); 54x35.9 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund; Scottish, out of copyright

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Elton John, singer and songwriter, performing at The Newcastle Arena, Tyne and Wear

Elton John, singer and songwriter, performing at The Newcastle Arena, Tyne and Wear, England. At this stage in Eltons career, 1997

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Etruscan painted antefix with shaped head of woman. 520-500

Etruscan painted antefix with shaped head of woman. 520-500
Etruscan painted antefix with shaped head of woman with earrings. 520-500 BC. From Cerveteri. British Museum. London. England. United Kingdom

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Gold etruscan jewelry. 400-350 BC

Gold etruscan jewelry. 400-350 BC
Gold etruscan jewelry: Funerary wreath with ivy leaves, pendant engraved depicting a woman and two men sitting around a bowl, earrings and necklace. 400-350 BC. From a tomb near Tarquinia

Background imageEar Ring Collection: AZTEC MASK: XIPE TOTEC. Stone mask of Xipe Totec, god of life-death-rebirth, agriculture

AZTEC MASK: XIPE TOTEC. Stone mask of Xipe Totec, god of life-death-rebirth, agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. Aztec period, Mexico

Background imageEar Ring Collection: INCAN GOLD ORNAMENT. Incan spade-like gold ornament topped with a figure of a man in an elaborate

INCAN GOLD ORNAMENT. Incan spade-like gold ornament topped with a figure of a man in an elaborate headdress

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A Turkana woman

A Turkana woman, typically wearing many layers of bead necklaces and a series of hooped earrings with an pair of leaf-shaped earrrings at the front, sits in the entrance to her hut

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Two Msai women in traditional attire chat to each other

Two Msai women in traditional attire chat to each other

Background imageEar Ring Collection: An old Turkana woman wearing all the finery of her tribe

An old Turkana woman wearing all the finery of her tribe. In a hole pierced below her lower lip, she wears an ornament beautifully made from twisted strands of copper wire

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Detail of a Msai warriors ear ornaments and

Detail of a Msai warriors ear ornaments and other beaded or metal adornments. The Msai practice of piercing ears in adolescence and gradually elongating the lobes is gradually dying out

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A Dassanech man with a shock of hair

A Dassanech man with a shock of hair.; The Omo Delta of southwest Ethiopia is one of the least accessible and least developed parts of East Africa

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Copper mask (3rd c. AD). Moche or Mochica Art

Copper mask (3rd c. AD). Moche or Mochica Art. PERU. Sipᮮ Royal Tombs of Sipᮠ Museum

Background imageEar Ring Collection: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Background imageEar Ring Collection: BLACK MAN, 1675. Higiemonte Indus. Line engraving, German, 1675, by Philip Kilion (1628-1693)

BLACK MAN, 1675. Higiemonte Indus. Line engraving, German, 1675, by Philip Kilion (1628-1693)

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Advertising card for the Copacabana Club, NY

Advertising card for the Copacabana Club, NY
Advertising card for the Copacabana Club, New York, NY, USA. Minimum charge for entry of five dollars and fifty cents (per person)

Background imageEar Ring Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: COUPLES. Billie Dove in a still from Night Watch, 1928

SILENT FILM STILL: COUPLES. Billie Dove in a still from Night Watch, 1928

Background imageEar Ring Collection: GAUGUIN: TAHITI WOMEN. Tahitian Women in a Hut. Oil on canvas by Paul Gauguin, 19th century

GAUGUIN: TAHITI WOMEN. Tahitian Women in a Hut. Oil on canvas by Paul Gauguin, 19th century
GAUGUIN:TAHITI WOMEN. Tahitian Women in a Hut. Oil on canvas by Paul Gauguin, 19th century

Background imageEar Ring Collection: High-born family in India

High-born family in India
Prince with his family and a Hindu servant woman, India, 1800s. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Character from Il Trovatore -- Azucena

Character from Il Trovatore -- Azucena
Depiction of the character Azucena from Verdis grand opera Il Trovatore (The Troubador), first performed in Rome in 1853. The gipsy woman Azucena (a mezzo-soprano or contralto role)

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Bedouin Woman with interesting chin tattoo

Bedouin Woman with interesting chin tattoo
Bedouin Woman from Egypt with a very interesting chin tattoo

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Two Nubian men - Egypt

Two Nubian men - Egypt
A very fine photographic postcard depicting two Nubian men - Egypt

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Head and shoulders portrait of two traditional Cambodian apsara dancers

Head and shoulders portrait of two traditional Cambodian apsara dancers, smiling and looking at the camera, at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Up to a year before his circumcision

Up to a year before his circumcision, a Samburu boy will style his hair in a distinctive pudding bowl shape and often rub charcoal and fat into it

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A Turkana woman sitting in the doorway of her hut

A Turkana woman sitting in the doorway of her hut. Her heavy mporro braided necklace identifies her as a married woman. Typical of her tribe

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A Samburu warrior has his Ochred hair braided by a friend

A Samburu warrior has his Ochred hair braided by a friend. A mixture of cows urine and ashes is often rubbed into the hair first to help straighten it

Background imageEar Ring Collection: A young Samburu man leads a donkey carrying the basic

A young Samburu man leads a donkey carrying the basic structure of a temporary home. The curved sticks will be tied together in a dome and covered with hides

Background imageEar Ring Collection: Etruscan jewellery. 7th century BC

Etruscan jewellery. 7th century BC. British Museum. London. England. United Kingdom



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From royalty to Hollywood glamour, the ear ring has adorned the most iconic women throughout history. HRH Queen Elizabeth II, with her timeless elegance, pairs a delicate pearl drop earring with her regal attire. Clara Schumann, the talented German pianist and composer of the 19th century, exudes grace as she showcases her musical genius while wearing a simple yet elegant pair of earrings. Billie Holiday captivates audiences not only with her soulful voice but also with her unique sense of style, often seen donning statement earrings that perfectly complemented her glamorous persona. Marilyn Monroe's enchanting beauty is enhanced by sparkling diamond studs that add an extra touch of allure to her captivating smile. Diana, Princess of Wales effortlessly combines sophistication and charm in every ensemble she wears; whether it be attending royal engagements or relaxing on holiday in Cornwall - always completing her look with exquisite earrings. Traveling across continents, we find ourselves immersed in the vibrant culture of Morocco where harem-inspired earrings are worn by exotic beauties who embrace their rich heritage. In Cambodia's ancient temples of Angkor Wat, traditional apsara dancers mesmerize spectators as they gracefully move to rhythmic beats while showcasing ornate earrings that reflect their cultural traditions. Anita Ekberg epitomizes old Hollywood glamour as she poses for a publicity still from Artists and Models (1955), capturing hearts with both her beauty and choice of accessories. The 1940s hairstyle trend was incomplete without dazzling chandelier earrings that added a touch of drama to any outfit. Lastly, we pay homage to Jean Harlow - an American cinema actress whose platinum blonde locks were beautifully accentuated by stunning Art Deco-inspired ear rings that became synonymous with her iconic image. As we celebrate these remarkable women and their diverse styles throughout history, let us remember how something as small as an they are make a big impact on fashion and self-expression.