Nahum M. Sarna, for example, writes that the earrings “are no ordinary pieces of jewelry but talismans adorned with pagan symbols” (The JPS Torah Commentary, Genesis/tyvarb [Philadelphia/New York: Jewish Publication Society, 1989], p. 240) and Moshe Weinfeld observes that “as in the case of other pieces of jewelry, earrings…were often made in the shape of small figurines which also served as amulets” (Olam ha-Tanakh 1: Beresûit [Tel Aviv: Davidson-Iti, 1993], p. 197).