The Five Timeless Piercings That Have Been Around for Centuries
For decades piercings have been used in western culture as a form of self-expression and rebellion. But this is no new phenomenon of style, individuality and fashion, but a practice which has been around for centuries.
It seems like the human race has always had piercings. Putting sharp objects through our skin dates back nearly five thousand years.
The oldest mummy discovered in Egypt even had ear piercings. Ancient African civilizations had tongue and lip piercings, whilst ear and nose piercings were fashionable in Israel. In those days, body piercings signified a variety of things, from wealth and status, and even as a means of warding off evil. This practice has become common throughout history and is performed across all cultures. It is done for both cultural and decorative purposes. These are five traditional piercings, each of which a timeless classic.
PIERCED EAR LOBES
The most popular body modification across the world is the piercing of the ear lobe. It is also one of the oldest practices. This particular body piercing is performed by inserting a sharp object through the lobe of the ear. It takes approximately six to eight weeks to heal. To prevent the hole from closing, there is an endless variety of beautiful pieces of jewellery and earrings that can be worn through the lobe of the ear.
These can be straight studs, circular barbell, or barbells. And if the lobe is stretched using a taper, then flesh plugs, flesh tunnels and ear weights can also be worn through the larger gauge piercing.
Another body modification that has been around for centuries, is eyebrow piercing. This practice is a vertical exterior piercing that is placed below the eyebrow and leaves the skin through the top. The most popular jewellery used with this piercing is a curved barbell. Eyebrow piercings found fame during the explosion of the punk movement. When along with the music, tattoos and fashion, piercings became the vehicle of choice for rebellion, individuality and expression, often using safety pins in the place of traditional jewellery.
Along with pierced ear lobes, nose piercings have been a common practice for many centuries, and it is still very popular in today’s society and culture. This body modification is done by piercing the nose with a needle which is trailed by a ring or stud.
There are several different stud or nose ring designs. We have a vast collection of piercing jewellery which is suitable for nose and septum piercings. Such as, nose pins, barbells, nose studs, segment rings, and circular barbells. As well as some beautiful, ornate septum specific pieces.
VERTICAL LABRET PIERCING
Men and women have been decorating their lips with a vertical labret piercing for centuries.
This popular piercing practise is done through the bottom of the lip and adorned with a curved barbell or standard barbell. This specific piercing has been practised for more than three thousand years in tribal communities. They were the oldest form of high-status symbol among the Haida women, though the practice of wearing them died out due to Western influence.
Tongue piercing has been practiced for thousands of years. The Aztec, Olmec and Mayan cultures each used tongue piercings as a ritual symbol.
Many of life’s greatest pleasures come from the tongue. It helps us taste fantastic cuisine and speak beautiful words. So what better way to celebrate it than with a tongue piercing and a beautiful piece of body jewellery? By far, the most common jewellery used in a tongue piercing is a straight barbell. We have varying sizes in black, silver, gold and rose gold.