This pendant is a replica of a pair of golden EARRINGS from Cochin, a location in Kerala, South India. Muslim Malayalam women have used these earrings pierced to the earlobe. They WEIGHED up to 41 grams – approximately 5 times the weight of a modern pair of western earrings. This gives us a hint of the ECONOMICAL STATUS of the WEARER. Big elongated ear-holes were the result of wearing this heavy adornment. They were shown with PRIDE rather than being considered an aesthetic mishap. When western christian missionaries decided to eradicate such a barbarous fashion, the practice started to die out. Many had operations done to RECOVER the “natural” size and shape of their earlobes.