We can’t stress enough our love of hoop earrings! They’re ability to make your lounge outfits upscale, your tailored work outfits edgy, and your dressy outfits modern make them a must have for any jewellery collection. They compliment any hairstyle and any occasion – probably because there are so many styles to choose from. We like to think there is a hoop for just about everyone. Let's take a look at the history of the hoop earring and some of the different core styles that are always in demand.
The History of the Hoop
Hoop earrings are actually one of the oldest forms of jewelry and have been worn by various cultures throughout history. The exact origin of the hoop earring isn’t clear, but it’s believed to have originated in the Middle East and Ancient Egypt.
In ancient Egypt, hoop earrings were a symbol of wealth and status and were worn by both men and women. They were often made of gold or silver and decorated with gemstones or intricate designs. The size of the hoop earring was also significant, with larger hoops indicating higher social status.
In the Mediterranean region, hoop earrings were also popular among ancient Greek and Roman women. They were often worn with elaborate hairstyles and were a symbol of femininity and beauty.
During the Middle Ages, hoop earrings were worn by both men and women in Europe. They were often made of precious metals and decorated with pearls or other gemstones.
In the 1960s and 1970s, hoop earrings experienced a resurgence in popularity as part of the hippie and disco fashion movements. Hoops were often worn with long hair and bell-bottom jeans, and were a symbol of freedom and individuality.
Today, hoop earrings remain a popular fashion accessory and are available in a wide range of styles and sizes, from small, simple hoops to large, elaborate designs.
The 10 Styles of Hoops
Here are the core ten styles of hoop earrings and some LACONIC styles we offer for reference:
- Classic hoops - These are simple and traditional hoops that come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. (Bowie Hoop or Cassandra Hoop)
- Hinged hoops - These hoop earrings have a small hinge that allows them to open and close, making them easier to put on and take off. (Romy Hoops)
- Textured hoops - These hoop earrings have different textures, such as hammered or twisted designs, which give them a unique look and feel. (Christina Hoops, Aria Hoops, and Cameron Hoops)
- Diamond cut hoops - These hoop earrings feature diamond cut details that add extra sparkle and shine to the earrings, even without actual diamonds. (Marcela Hoops)
- Sleeper hoops - These hoops are designed to be worn for an extended period of time. They are made of a lightweight material, such as sterling silver or gold, and have a hinged closure that allows the earring to sit flush against the earlobe. (Sleeper Hoops)
- Hoop earrings with charms - These hoop earrings have small charms or pendants dangling from them, adding a fun and playful element to the classic design. (Sleeper Hoops paired the Letter Pendant or Diamond Letter Pendant)
- Thick hoops - These hoop earrings are wider and more substantial than traditional hoops, making them a bold statement piece. (Alissa Hoops, Tube Hoops, and Jhoan Hoops)
- Thin hoops - These hoop earrings are delicate and understated, perfect for everyday wear or for pairing with other earrings. (Halo Hoops and Gabriella Hoops)
- Croissant hoops - These hoops feature a curved, crescent-shaped design that is similar to a traditional hoop earring and resemble the shape of a croissant pastry. The added texture and detail gives them a unique and stylish look. (Croissant Earrings)
- Geometric hoops - These hoops combine the classic circular shape of a hoop earring with geometric elements such as triangles, squares, and hexagons. Some may feature intricate patterns or textures, while others may be more minimalist in design and are a great way to add a modern twist to a classic accessory. (Adaya Hoops and James Hoops)