Why Did Pirates Wear Earrings?

The tradition of wearing earrings goes back to early days when earrings were treated not as jewelry, but as amulets to protect the wearer from wicked spirits.

This tradition carried over to sea-going men, especially pirates who believed that earrings made them see better and could give them stronger eyesight.

Did it work? Who knows! But did you ever see a pirate wearing glasses?

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