When I started this business over 25 years ago, these earrings were my first purchase because I listened to my wife. They are still just as popular! The Fulani are a people spread throughout W. Africa but these earrings are specific to the Mopti/Djenne area of Mali and nowhere else. Traditionally in gold, mine are sterling silver. The craftsmen using traditional tools and techniques start with a rod of sterling silver and hammer individual earrings ... pieces of art!