Wearing Ear-rings Ear-rings, as ornaments and as a protection against the malocchio (evil eye), have been in use since very early civilizations, as shown from statues and archeological findings.
The custom of wearing ear-rings is present almost anywhere, in all areas and civilizations, and both for themale and the female sex. Gold was used, as an analogy with the sun, and silver, since it was themetal of the moon. The earliest extant example of the Abruzzese "sciacquajje" date back to the late 18th century, and the name may have been derived from theverb "sciacquare", meaning to agitate the laundry in water to clean it of the soap, possibly for the similarity of the movement, and when for the use of the poorer classes they were made in low-titre gold (12-14 karat) which gave them a typical reddish hue, while rich, elaborate items were reserved for the wealthy ladies. The ear-rings, following the movement of the face and appearing through the hair, gave light and fascination to the face of the woman wearing them.