As Lil' Kim once remarked in "Crush on You" Remix feat. Lil Cease and The Notorious B.I.G.:
I'm not the one you sleep wit, to eat quick / Want a cheap trick, better go down to FreakNik / You got to hit me off, buy this girl gifts of course / So I look sick, in my six, with my Christian LaCroix
About 1,700 years ago, these gold and sardonyx earrings may have been the answer.
Approximately 2 cm in height, these earrings were undoubtedly made by a jeweler or craftsman of the highest caliber in the fourth century CE. The materials of gold and sardonyx were markers of status as well, monumentalizing these miniature objects of luxury.
The tiny square frames are inset with sardonyx intaglios that are inscribed, "TE KALE," or "to the beautiful one" in Greek, while the hanging teardrop pendants are embellished with a wreath design. The translation of the inscription strongly suggests that these earrings were given to a woman as a gift.
Since these earrings were commissioned in a Late Roman historical context, the use of Greek would have been significant because it would have conferred higher status to the earrings, the woman, and the giver of the gift. In addition to Latin, Greek was a commonly spoken language by certain regions throughout the Roman Empire. Nevertheless, Greek was considered the written and oral language known by individuals who had received an elite education.
The identity of the giver of these earrings is uncertain, except for the relative wealth of the individual. Nevertheless, the inscription strongly suggests that the recipient was probably a woman, since the ending of "KALE" or the "beautiful one" is gendered as female.