The names of these ear-rings have been found in notary acts for marriage, and in wills of ladies, for many centuries. The ear ring was basically a gold or silver foil, engraved by hand with flower motifs, or a gold or silver fusion in a mold, with very elaborated symbols, and in the cavity of the halfmoon small pendants of different kinds were placed.
The earliest extant example of the Abruzzese "sciacquajje" date back to the late 18th century, and the name may have been derived from theverb "sciacquare", meaning to agitate the laundry in water to clean it of the soap, possibly for the similarity of the movement, and when for the use of the poorer classes they were made in low-titre gold (12-14 karat) which gave them a typical reddish hue, while rich, elaborate items were reserved for the wealthy ladies. The ear-rings, following the movement of the face and appearing through the hair, gave light and fascination to the face of the woman wearing them.
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