A while ago I started designing and making handcrafted jewellery. From the beginning, my style has been influenced by my own favourite earrings, a pair of amber and a pair of turquoise earrings that I found in a hidden shop in Asunción when visiting my mum while she worked in Paraguay, a pair of coral earrings that my dad gave me one Christmas, and a pair of silver Nazca monkeys that he bought me one time coming back from Peru.
I have lots of earrings and most of them remind me of a special occasion or a special person. I used to wear them all the time, I don’t do it as much since I live in the UK, mostly because I have small children, but maybe also partially to not stand out too much -the only people wearing conspicuous earrings here are celebrities or rebel teenagers-. It’s always when I have South American ladies visiting that I’m reminded of the reason for my great love for earrings: They are a simple way of celebrating one’s beauty on a daily basis. I always notice how lovely my mum looks when she is wearing earrings, they make her face stand out.
A couple of weeks ago I realised I was feeling a bit out of touch with myself and decided to do something about it, one of the things was to wear my pretty earrings more often. The moment I started doing so my self-esteem felt a bit boosted, I like myself in the mirror more. I’m not prettier, what has changed?
Even though most Latin-American girls get their ears pierced practically at birth (not by choice), I think Latin-American women wear earrings as a means of expression. It has to do with womanhood, self-acceptance, self-expression and with social and cultural identity. I think you’ll find that most Latin-American women wear earrings no matter their country, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, income or marital status. And my guess is the prouder the woman, the bolder the earrings..