As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
– Proverbs 11:22
A nose jewel, or ring as we would say, was one means of ornamenting beauty in the Bible. Putting such a jewel on a pig’s nose does not enhance the appearance of the pig but rather draws more attention to the fact it is an unclean beast. It becomes more disgusting or downright comical as all recognize how out of place it is. A fair woman is a beautiful woman. The word for discretion means good taste or judgment. When a woman lacks sensible judgment, her physical beauty is then like the jewel put on the pig’s nose. She is a monstrosity. The outward appearance and ornamentation should agree with and adorn the inner wisdom (Proverbs 31:30; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 1 Peter 3:3-4).