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Different types of Earrings Designs Symbolism and Latest Modifications in Earrings

Earrings are worn as ear ornaments and both ears or single ear pierced this pieces are the most common type or  ornament worn by women and men. Traditional mythology ear rings worn by Gods and kings were heavy and had many designs and motifs,  a simple circle round metal rings Kundala, circular earrings dehri, karna phul or flower shaped earrings, as of today we see different designs of earrings.
Gemstone  diamond earrings

Contemporary diamond   design earrings

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Traditional gemstone studded ornaments for bride

As men also wore  heavy jewellery ear rings as also queens and kings these piece of jewellery was universally accepted as piece of ornament worn by both sexes. Even present we see many movie stars wearing this ornament representing traditional culture,  we saw Salman Khan flaunting a single bali or a pair in Surily Ankhiyon Wale song of Hindi movie Veer, and men wearing single gold ear rings in one ear or both. Traditional families still carry along the tradition of men wearing ear rings. And we  see many Jain and Gujrathi men wearing traditional balis.
Ear rings and Balis worn symbolized religious sanctity and religious rituals and those men wearing these piece of ornaments were higher level and got respect, as  being royal or religious heads.  Pandits wore balis and still men from these families continue to wear ear rings even after changing their profession today.

Traditional Jhumkas

From the Muslim tradition come the beautiful dangling Jhumkas that are made of gold or silver studded with pearls and precious or semi precious gem stones. The Jhumkas have gone transformation with designs but the original concept still remains the same , a pair of  earrings that have a shape of dome or ear pendants. A must in every ladies jewellery collection the jhumkas were worn as traditional ear pieces by famous film stars in movies like Rekha wore this in Umrao Jaan as also Aishwarya Rai in the sequel of this,  and Sridevi always flaunts the jhumkas in many occasions along with pure silk kanjevarams  and the latest being Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express wearing the traditional south Indian jhumkas and Vidya Balan seen wearing traditional jewellery at every other occasion.

Traditional jewellery

Bell shaped jhumkas, umbrella shaped jhumkas a piece of jewellery worn with traditional attires. There are also jhumkas attached with chains connecting the hair above the ears. Also the maang tika along with jhumkas look good with traditional attire.
Traditional designs, hoops, danglers all types of ear rings go along with different occasions and different dresses. Bali, simple circular rings worn in ears were  the first type of ear rings worn and every lady had at least one pair of balis in their jewellery box. These balis or ear rings were  then modified with extensions as motifs of peacocks , floral, elephants, lotus flowers  or circular flowers etc. The traditional balis also has gold ghungroos or beads attached at the base  of  each earring.
Stud ear rings are only single gemstone earrings or multi studded stones in a single motif.  These are light weight small in size and  easy and comfortable ear rings for daily wear. Small baby girls are usually made to wear small gold balis, consisting of light weight metal gold or silver. As skin piercing is quite easy with soft skin babies are soon pierced for jewellery worn in ears and nose. Flat designed ear rings with stamped motifs also covering the ear lobes are in fashion as always.

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The ear rings as jewellery pieces have gone immense modifications from the traditional balis and jhumkas. Now we  see so many different materials used to make ear rings.  Half rings, hoop ear rings all made of plastic, acrylic and mixed metals, oxidized ear rings and rhodium polished gold ear rings also look quiet cool. Diamonds still rule the part as also gold the king of metals a favorite among ladies in any type of jewellery. There are also elaborate ear rings that have gold chains attached to maang tika or hair decorations.
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