Ear Pendants, Chand Bali
A pair of large gold ear pendants, CHAND BALI, set with rock crystal and suspended basra pearls with green glass beads.
The Bali, is a classical form of ear ornament in North India, seen in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarath. Traditionally these ear pendants are decorated with fishes and/or crescent moon.
The range and variety of ear ornaments in India is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Bare ear lobes signaled widowhood of an Indian woman. Elongated ear lobes were considered a sign of beauty and wealth, the longer the lobe, the greater a woman’s wealth. By appending ornaments to almost every part of the ear, the woman also ensured a continuous state of mental and physical well-being. The ear is also identified as a microcosm of the entire body.