Much like lip plates, ear gauging is all about stretching the body far beyond what would seem like reasonable parameters. The more copper and brass rings are worn, the higher the social and economic standing within the tribe. After healing, the young woman would replace the disk with a slightly larger one that she herself has created. Every couple of weeks a larger circle is squeezed into the space slowly stretching the ear and creating an ever widening hole. Traditionally, the process of lip stretching would start just after a young tribeswoman reached puberty. Currently one of the most popular mods, ear gauging takes the long-since mundane concept of ear piercing to a whole new level. In some areas, neck rings are still used today as a sign of marriage and social status.