Body piercings is a pretty common form of body modification in which the skin is pierced leaving a hole or opening for a piece of jewelry to be inserted. The word piercing can be referred to the act or practice of body piercing or to the opening in the body created by this act or practice. The history of body piercings have been obscured by lack of scholarly reference and by popular misinformation, but there is ample evidence suggesting that body piercing have been practiced throughout the world in various form and by both sexes in ancient times.
Stretching lobe piercings has become a popular trend lately and is seen on a lot of people now a days but it’s been around since 2000-100BC. They were worn by the Mesoamericans such as the Mayans and the Aztecs.
Inca men wore gold or silver plugs in their ears to signify nobility or wealth and their stretched ears could reach 1 or 2 inches. That later inspired the nickname given to them from the Spanish: orejones (“big ears”)
Ivory plugs were used by the Hymong people. Silver plugs, called rombin, were worn by Aka women.
Among the Tlingit of Pacific Northwest America, earrings were a sing of nobility and wealth as each set of earrings had to be purchased at an expensive Potlatch(a gift-gifting feast practiced by the Tlingit and other Pacific Northwest people). In Eighteenth century Egypt, earrings were worn as simple gold dangling hoops or common folk and for the nobility, the fancy gem-studded hoops were reserved.
Lobe and cartilage piercings aren’t the only ear piercing available. You can get others such as the ones marked in the picture below:
Fun fact! In the 16th century, ear piercings were more common among men than woman.