Jewelry is a common thread among societies that serve as a way to celebrate the history and cultural trends at any given time. What is seen as a symbol of beauty and heritage to some may seem odd or repulsive to others. In western societies, some sub-cultures pierce parts of their bodies other than, what is most common, their ears. Nose, upper ear and lip piercings are becoming increasingly popular in western culture. Travel to the other side of the world and go deep into the jungles of the African continent and Brazil and you will find a few tribes that wear lip plates as symbols of beauty and fertility for women, and, for young boys, his venture into manhood.