Although they probably wouldn't call it erotic jewelry, Roman Centurions used to wear armored breastplates that had rings inserted near the nipple area, and capes were often hung from these rings. Some people believe that the nipples were actually pierced, but who would voluntarily hang a cape from their nipples?
In the middle of the 14th century, Queen Isabella of Bavaria introduced a dress style that was open all the way to the navel. Women took advantage of this opportunity by adorning their exposed nipples with diamond studded rings.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|