Ancient Romans adored jewelry, and almost everyone owned some. Warriors and merchants wore monogrammed rings, togas were closed with gem-studded clasps, and women (and men) wore all kinds of ear adornment. Years ago, I approached a Roman antiquities dealer and excitedly acquired a 2000-year-old pair of twisted wire hoop earrings. They were intended to be worn for a person's entire life - the jeweler would pierce the earlobe with a gold wire, then permanently bend it and fasten it closed. They inspired this design.