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While today we think of ear and body piercing as a trendy way to accessorize, piercing has actually had a long and storied history. An earring was found in Germany that dates back to the 6th or 7th century, and history tells us that piercing has been around for a very, very long time. Ancient Egyptian mummies have been unearthed by archaeologists with their ears “gauged,” a practice of stretching the earlobe, which has come into fashion lately.
Surprisingly, while piercing goes back to the ancient times, any type of piercing in American culture was rare before World War II. The door opened when ear piercing for women became an accepted practice in the 1960's, followed by the punk and modern primitivism movements of the 1970's. Today, ear piercing has become extremely popular, according to one study. About 83% of Americans have their ears pierced and 14% of Americans have piercings in places other than their ears.
With the increased popularity of ear and body piercing, many different types of custom body jewelry are available today. Body Shines/O.C. Engravers has all kinds of items to adorn your piercing, as well as piercing and engraving services. Check us out today at our Orange, CA shop!