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It's hard to say how old these tribal earrings/ ear weights are, but I'll tell you what I know about them. They are worn by the Naga people who live on the Indian/ Burmese border. Jewelry for the Naga has social significance. No piece of jewelry is acquired randomly, rather it is an indicator of social status and achievement.
These Naga earrings were carved from conch shells from which many items of jewelry are made. They are inserted into the cartilaginous part of the lobe and inserted so that the opening faces down. These are not for the feint of heart! Recently a lot of body piercing aficionados have used Naga like ear weights.
These earrings are square in shape and because they are hand carved, they do not match exactly (one is thicker than the other). They measure 3.6 by 3.7 cm ( 1 1/4 by 1 1/2") and weigh 40g together.
For more vintage tribal jewelry, please feel free to browse through the shop. Thanks for looking!