Origin of Earrings in India
Since ancient times Indians have been wearing earrings as part of their tradition. The belief behind wearing of earrings lies with the animistic origins of the Saiva and probably the other Indo-Aryan religions, of great antiquity. The most famous example of the original intention as an animistic craze is found during the practice of Kanphata Yogis of India, a sub-sect of Saiva ascetics known for the practice of splitting their ears and placing a large earring which is made of agate, horn or glass which was about two and half a quarter ounces in weight, in the ear as a symbol of their initiation. Later gradually earrings gained popularity and then turned as a fashion accessory and eventually, grew into a tradition.
Earrings are being attached to the ear through a piercing in the earlobe or some other external part of the ear. Locations where earrings can be decorated other than earlobe for piercings include the Rook, Tragus or across the Helix. The term 'ear piercing' refers to an earlobe piercing. Piercings in the upper part of the external ear is referred to as 'cartilage piercings.' Cartilage piercings are more complex to perform than earlobe piercings, and take more longer to heal.
An object of ornamentation, earring are made out of number of materials, including metal, glass, precious stones and beads. Designs of earring range from bali or small loops or studs to large plates or danglers or jhumkas. The size of earrings a person wears is generally limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe to hold the earring without tearing. People who habitually wear more heavy earrings may find that over time, the earlobe and piercing stretch. It is seen that in parties of formal occasions women go in for larger and more prominent earrings. Men who like to sport earrings usually wear studs or small loops.