Labrets appear in the Mochica culture in Peru approximately 2300 years ago. They began to be used about 200 years after they appear in Ecuador. It's believed they were introduced into Peru from either Ecuador or western Mexico. This gold labret was made by a highly skilled Moche craftsmen. The Mochica people are famous for their metalwork, especially gold, but they also used copper and silver. Their most impressive gold work is in the form of headdress ornaments which can range in size up to twelve inches high and fifteen inches wide. This gold labret is decorated around the rim with gold balls and inlayed with a beautiful blue stone called chrysocolla.