Ear piercing has been practice since ancients times. The mummy Otzi the iceman, which was found in a glacier in Italy, was 5300 year old. This mummy had an ear piercing of 7-11 mm diameter. The oldest earrings found in a grave date back to 2500 BCE. According to the Anatomie of abuses by Philip Stubbs, earrings were even more common among men of the 16th century than among women.
In ancient African civilisation, piercings had many cultural meanings apart from being a body modification. Two tribes in Kenya, called the turkana and the masaai, are recognised for their numerous necklaces of coloured beads that weigh upto 10 kilograms. Yes I know it sounds heavy, but they also have a way of stretching their earlobes using stones, wood and bones. The long stretched earlobes were seen as a symbol of wisdom and respect. Nakaparaparal is the name of the aluminium ear ornament.
Most people can go between 18g or 20g, the length of the earlobe piercing is around 6-8 mm. Some people would pierce and if you leave it for a while, the lobe will go back to normal. My mum did my first ear piercing when I was very young, maybe when I was about 2 years and it was one with my grandma, so I had no choice in position or size. It was done perfectly; though I don’t wear an earring sometimes, it has never closed. I would say it’s safe to do it to a baby, as long as you follow a few rules. Babies can’t localise pain, so even though it might be a little bit painful, they can’t reach up and touch their ears.
When I was in high school is when I decided to add more of my ear piercings. I just got a needle, put it in hot water, let it stay for at least 30 minutes and applied spirit to the area they wanted to pierce. I did two additional ones on my own. It was painful, but I had set my mind. No pain no gain, I just said to myself and it was done. I nursed it myself and within 2 weeks or so it had healed and I had forgotten about it.
“Do not dissect a rainbow. In other words, do not destroy a beautiful phenomenon by over analysing it.” Denise LaFrance