The story of these "Tuareg Cross" style earrings from North Africa is magical. Supposedly, there were 21 places around the Sahara Desert the Tuareg tribes were based, and each had its own "cross" shape. These "crosses" immediately identified the wearer for their origin, but they also had a specific use. Desert sands are always moving with the wind, and the dunes are always shifting, so there are no landmarks to navigate by. The story goes that the Tuaregs would align whatever "cross" they were wearing with the stars, navigating through the desert at night.
These traditional earrings are hand made with silver and colored glass.