Long Gold Ear Ornaments
A chain of four gold linked, pear shape pendants, alternately kundan set with cabochon rubies and emeralds attached to a fine strand of gold linked pearls MATHAPATTI, passes over the ears or is fastened to the hair to support its weight.
The BALI is a classical form of ear ornament in North India, seen in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The large silver types are seen in rural parts, the large gold ones, set with precious stones for the affluent community. Traditionally, these ear pendants were decorated with crescent and suspended fish shaped pendants, and fringed with clusters of small pearls and glass beads. The crescent (chand) and fish (matsya) as decoration of jewellery originated in the Mughal period. The crescent moon shape was worn by Muslims and Hindu alike. The crescent is an old symbol of the humankind. The changing phases of the moon are related to the cycles of life, symbolising birth and growth, death and resurrection. It is a fertility symbol. For the Hindu, the fish symbolises the first incarnation of Vishnu (matsya avatar).