Although earrings developed over time rather than being a product of invention, they were first worn in ancient Middle Eastern cultures. The oldest earrings existed in ancient Persia.
The ancient Persians molded hoop and pendant earrings from earthenware and gold, which have been found in the remains at Tillya Tepe, or "Hill of Gold." Ancient Persian jewelry also included rings, bracelets, pendants and belts. They infused gems, such as red garnet, mother-of-pearl, amber, lapis lazuli, turquoise and amethyst into their earrings.
Ancient Egyptians, namely King Tutankhamen and other royalty, as well as children, wore tube-shaped earrings with stud-like clasps constructed of gold. They probably learned this from Western Asia invaders.
During the 16th century, earrings grew more popular in the Western world. Clip-on earrings were invented in the 1920s, and in the 1950s, at-home ear piercings became increasingly common. Today, earring styles include stud, chandelier, hoop, ear thread, dangle and clip-on.