Women have always loved jewelry and the Buffalo Island Museum has two jewelry boxes full of necklaces and earrings of the early and middle 1900s. They were worn by Beulah Blankenship and are on loan by her granddaughter, Janie Blankenship Miller. Ms. Beulah loved her "earbobs", a term southern women called screwback earrings. They had a small screw that was tightened to hold the earring in place. The gold and coral rose necklace and screwback earring set shown here was one of her favorites.
You may think that men wearing earrings is a new fad, but even King Tut wore earrings. Ancient sailors were very superstitious and thought a pierced ear would improve eyesight or hearing. It was also a status symbol that meant they had sailed around the world or survived a shipwreck.
Today some people wear more that one set of earrings at a time. Most women have a jewelry box full of earrings to match whatever outfit they may wear, from casual to formal. Styles and materials continue to change. They are made of real gold or silver and jewels to plastic, glass, or metal. Visit the museum and see the jewelry that one early Buffalo Island woman wore. You may be surprised to see that this jewelry is back in fashion today.
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