A feature of Greek jewellery is the use of gold, solid or of hammered sheet metal, to form sculptural motifs with intricate geometric and floral ornaments. The jewels mainly worn by women to attract the opposite sex included Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Eros or symbolic animals like her attribute, the dove.
Here the gold dove is coloured with enamel and a garnet. Colour became an important aspect of Greek jewellery by the Hellenistic period (323-27 BC).
This type of earring with a dove is common at the end of the Hellenistic period and can still be found during the Roman times.