This exceptional pair of complex bugdi or koppu ear studs is of gold with heads of dozens of pearls, all secured by gold wire, surrounding a single ruby, similarly secured.
The fasteners at the other ends screw in and comprise a cluster of pyramidal tips and have an overall clove-like form.
Usually, these were worn in the upper part of the ear.
The pair is in excellent condition, without losses.
Aitken, M.E., When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, Asia Society & Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004.
Ganguly, W., Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2007.