photo courtesy Dietmar Temps
photo courtesy Sandeep Achetan
Ladakhi woman wearing perak with attached silver jewelry and a coral decorated piece. Photo source
Earrings often consist of several strings of beads, usually of coral, turquoise, glass, mother-of-pearl, but most favoured are those of small fresh water pearls. The arrangements are made in various ways. In some, bead strands are attached to a metal ear stud, which can be set with turquoises, in others they are attached to a metal hoop whose weight is supported by chains. In another popular type small strands of pearls pass over the ear top, their ends fixed to the hair, and pearl tassels hang below.
photo courtesy Shirish Prabhudesai
Necklace from Ladakh incorporating coral beads and silver spacers. 1800-1850 Embossed silver, turquoise and coral. The Victoria and Albert Museum