Are you looking for a piece of jewellery that spices up your everyday life and cuts a fine figure both in the office and at a party?
Creoles are the classic earrings, because they always fit and with a simple variation you never do anything wrong. So that you don't have to think long and hard, but can shine with your favourite piece for any occasion!
The origin of the Creole Earrings
One of the most popular pieces of jewellery for ladies, the Creole, was originally worn mainly by men. And this tradition had very practical reasons: Seafarers, fishermen and pirates wore the earrings in gold and mostly only on the left ear. Their initials were worked into the creole, e.g. engraved or made of gold. The serious background is the following: if the sailor died at sea, his body could be identified by the creole earring. And the creole of gold had a second purpose: it guaranteed the sailor a proper Christian burial. The gold of the creole was the payment for it, this was then allowed to the parish, which buried him as a thank you keep. Creole earrings were thus a kind of insurance in the event of death at sea. Even today, seafarers still like to wear the typical seaman's creole, but only out of connection with the old tradition. Sailor's creoles are therefore manufactured with a tight-fitting closure, as they are usually used once and then remain in the ear. Here a frequent change as with ladies ear jewellery is not usual. Here you can find the fisherman earrings for example on the island Nordeney. Originally the round earrings were also worn by Sinti and Roma, or by slaves. They were also popular with immigrants in Central and South America who came from Portugal. By the way, the name Creole derives from the Spanish "Criollo", which is the name of all people in Latin America who had no Indian parents. This group preferred plain, closed earrings, so their name was adopted for this type of jewellery. The oldest Creole earrings ever discovered are about 8000 years old and come from Mongolia, they were decorated with jade stones. So it can be guessed that these pieces of jewellery have been popular for a long time and are real evergreens. With the primitive peoples the round earrings were regarded as a sign of fertility or as a status symbol for prosperity. Building craftsmen and carpenters still wear a creole on their left ear as a sign of their guild.
The typical creole form is the torus, which is a geometric form known in everyday life from the donut or ring. However, this timeless, simple, round initial shape gives the designers a lot of leeway, so that there are now a wide variety of Creole variants. For example, small creoles that fit snugly to the ear, as well as very large creoles that are especially popular with women. Wide creoles as well as thin, filigree variants are worn. And of course the shape can be transformed creatively, so today not only round, but also oval, angular or heart-shaped creoles can be found. New are also creole earrings, where one creole runs through the normal ear hole and a second smaller creole is guided through a piercing at the top of the auricle. Both rings are then connected by a chain. This variant is worn unisex by ladies and gentlemen. Also new is the variant that the Creole carries small pendants, which dangle down at short chains in different lengths at her or are fastened however directly (without chain) at her. Cross pendants are currently very popular here. For some time now, there has been a variant of the silver creoles that have small ornaments such as pearls or rope structures winding around the creole. A modern variant is the pin creole, which consists of a creole open at the top with two holes, one on each side through which a pin fits. The pin is a wider stick at the back, pointed at the front. This is threaded through the holes of the creole and the ear hole and the creole is attached to the ear.
Men and women wear creoles - even today
Creole ear jewellery was never limited to ladies - and is not today. In the past it was common for men to wear the earrings individually, usually on the left side. Today, men also wear the creoles in pairs on both ears. Especially small, close-fitting, wide creoles are a sought-after fashion accessory for modern men, the colour black is particularly popular.
Particularly large, eye-catching or strongly decorated creoles are also often worn individually, by women as well as by men. Women can, of course, wear the cool and casual, the simple and the elegant variants as well as (in contrast to men) the large hand-painted creoles with colourful Hawaii flowers or other feminine patterns and shapes.
Men tend to use metal creoles made of stainless steel, gold, brass or silver or a simple variant made of wood, horn or bone. With the ladies it may be more multicolored and more playful, here also sometimes flowers are carved into the creole, this is colorfully painted or shows heart form.
To which style do creoles fit?
There are hardly any limits to creativity with the creoles and there are a wide variety of models. For example, there are the classic metal creoles, some discreetly decorated or with small pendants and necklaces, these also fit bikers, rockers or punks. If the design is dark or black and there are also cross pendants and playful necklaces, the earrings also go well with Gothic and Emo. Also the hipster fraction is not missed out, here the wide, tight-fitting men's creoles or also the discreet plain organic variant of wood or horn as pin creole fit. The female, playful variants fit the typical "girl", e.g. hand-painted wooden creoles with colourful flower patterns or stars. To the tough, cool lady, large, thin silver creoles look very nice. Feminine and elegant are also the creoles in rose gold or set with South Sea pearls. Anything that pleases is permitted. Nowadays, no man is looked at crooked anymore just because he wears two earrings, and even women choose cool variations with necklaces that adorn only one ear.
There are also different versions of the closures. The classic is probably the normal shackle lock, i.e. a shackle that is firmly clipped or hooked in. Meanwhile there are also Klipp Creoles, these work like earclips, they are simply clipped close to the earlobe and hold without ear holes. These stick earrings are attached with a pin made of horn, wood or brass, these pins fit for normal ear holes. In addition, there are Creole earrings, these wear a normal ear stud closure, but instead of a small plug they wear a half or three-quarter Creole. These variants are available in large and small. Also popular are the modern ear spirals, which are also available in creole form. The bow is simply hung into the normal ear hole and continues behind the ear. In such a thin metal bow there is often a decoration at the bottom of the front. And what about stretched ear holes? In fact, there are also creole-shaped hook piercings, which are pushed through the stretched ear hole and hooked in. This is possible both as stretch snails, which fill the ear hole, and as ear weights, which leave the hole visible. And also the popular pin creoles are available in large sizes and with pins of 6mm, 8mm or 10mm thickness. Similar to a creole are also the donut earrings, so thick torus shapes with a narrow gap where you can get them in the ear hole.
Which material is best for creoles?
The question of material is not only a matter of taste, but also a question of price and which materials are well tolerated. In general, metal creoles are very stable and beautiful variations with chains and pendants or a connected second creole are possible. Many people like the metallic look and the shine. Surgical steel is well tolerated by the skin, also gold or rose gold. Sterling silver is well tolerated by most people. Brass as well, but there are few people here who sweat so aggressively that brass turns green. In general, brass and stainless steel are the cheaper variants, while silver and gold are very durable and noble. The disadvantage of all metal creoles is the cold and the weight. This is not the case with horn, bone or wood, because these materials allow the skin to breathe when worn, are light and take on the body temperature. Even when they are inserted, they are not ice-cold. The disadvantage here is that some people are allergic to certain types of wood. Wood is also sensitive to water and should be removed when showering, bathing or in the sauna. All three (wood, horn and bone) are not as stable as metal and should therefore not remain in the ear during sport or sleep. Organic materials are of course cheaper than precious metals such as gold and silver, but may be more expensive than stainless steel because they are often handcrafted, carved and hand-painted. Each pair of creoles is unique and this has its price.
Creoles as a gift idea
This form of ear jewellery is so timeless and classic and at the same time can be so modern that you can't be wrong. There are also creoles that go well with men and women. Simply choose a plain plain variant and give away a practical companion that suits every style and outfit. Your favourite person is a bit crazy and loves it conspicuously? Then choose an unusual variant, e.g. Creole ear weights, very large Creoles or colorfully painted. The recipient has no ear holes at all? No problem, what are Klipp Creoles for? Anyone can wear them and so they are the perfect gift idea. You are freshly in love and want to show everyone that you belong together? Then Creolen are THE ideal piece of jewellery, because they belong to the few earrings that men and women can wear equally, and therefore ideal for the partner look.
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