Male earrings are an integral part of the wardrobe of any fashion conscious metro sexual man.The trend for men to have pierced ears and to wear earrings was popularized by celebrated sports personalities and famous music performers. George Michael sported earrings and inspired fans to follow the craze.

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Cartilage piercings are popular type of piercing for both and women. An estimated 17% of pierced American men have at least one cartilage piercing compared to 13% of women. Rook piercings, helix piercings, industrial piercings, and conch piercings tend to be some of the more popular ear cartilage piercing options for men. Some men also have a propensity to stretch their earlobes and opt for larger cartilage piercings like punched conch piercings.

Men have been known to wear earrings even before women did. Ancient Greeks and Romans borrowed the custom from the Persian and Indian men. Our own American Indian braves also wore earrings. And how about the early African warriors? And the pirates?

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Shakespeare, Rembrandt and King James II, are a few of the more prominent men known to have worn earrings.

Significance of wearing earrings in human society also evolves and changes with different geographical regions and different time periods.

A sailor who has sailed three years on the coast of China wore a gold ring in his left ear to prove that he has been there and done that. Among pirates the value of his earring was meant to pay for his burial if he were lost at sea and his body washed ashore.

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In our American society too, significance of mean wearing earrings has evolved with time. In the early 21st century, a man’s choice of wearing an earring on either ear was a personal choice, regardless of sexuality. During the 1980s and early 1990s, a pierced right ear was associated with male homosexuality, while the left ear indicated heterosexuality.

During this time it could also mean that a pierced left ear indicated a sexually dominant gay. Pierced right ear on the other hand pointed to a sexually submissive gay man.

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According to Jon-Jon Goulian in his memoir, “The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt,” men who wore earrings in their left ears were advertising not only their heterosexuality, but their liberal conscience.

Nowadays, the idea of wearing earrings to signal sexuality has become completely obsolete. It is common to find heterosexual men wearing earrings in both ears at once, as well as either their left or right alone.

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It has become a norm rather than an exception in the men fashion world for men to wear earrings. Occasionally more than one earring is worn on each ear. Most popular designs in male earrings are the Stud and the Hoop earrings.

Stud earrings appear to be hanging on the ear or earlobe without a visible connection. This is because they are invariably crafted on the end of a post. This post pierces straight through the ear.

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Hoop earrings are circular or semi-circular in design and look quite similar to a ring. They are made of metal tubing, with a thin wire attachment penetrating the ear. The hollow tubing is attached to a very thin wire at the front of the ear, and slides in and out of the tube at the back. A different type of hoop design does not complete the full circle, but a thin post attached to the semi circle penetrates through the ear in a manner similar to the stud earrings.

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In Babylonia and later in Assyria where the earring was worn by men to denote rank, the earring evolved into an exquisite work of the goldsmith’s art. In the 18th century, diamond earring became most fashionable. The 19th century saw extensive use of the cameo. With the invention of a screw device for attaching the earring, their popularity again increased.

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