The standard Parthian earring often takes the form of a hinged ear hoop, either alone or supporting clusters of hollow spheres. More elaborate versions can have large pendants, either fixed or hanging, joined to the basic hoop, often with multiple spheres or bells suspended from the base. The present pair incorporates the standard hinged ear hoop, but it is overwhelmed by the garnet and glass inlays. The quality of the workmanship is unusually high, signifying that the ancient wearer was a high-status member of society. The solar and lunar symbolism incorporated into the design is evocative of Zoroastrianism, the dominant religion of the Parthian nobles. For examples of Parthian earrings see pl. 139 in Pope, A Survey of Persian Art.