“earring.” The Hebrew word simply means “ring,” but it was used of earrings, nose-rings, and finger rings. Generally, both men and women wore finger rings, women wore nose-rings because they could be easily seen, and some men wore earrings. Women did not generally wear earrings because their hair and often their head covering covered them up so no one could see them, so they generally wore nose-rings. The Hebrew word does not tell us what kind of ring Proverbs 25:12 is speaking of, but we assume it was an earring because the second stanza mentions the ear. The proverb is making the point that having a listening ear is beautiful, like having an earring of gold.