The Regency gentleman's code might be summed up as, "no perfumes, exquisitely fine linen and plenty of it, country washing . . ."
Alas, not so much.
The robust and adventurous Tudors wore earrings. The courtier Buckingham sported major rubies. That man of action, Sir Walter Raleigh, a gold hoop. (This picture here shows him with a remarkably fine pearl earring.)
A half century later, Charles I wore a great pearl in his ear when he mounted the block to face the axe.
By the Eighteenth Century, however, earrings had become the province of buccaneers, exotic foreigners, and the most foppish of macaronis.
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