Hoop Earrings: The Style Guide

Hoop Earrings: The Style Guide

Styling Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are an Otiumberg signature. Designed to be worn as a single, minimalist statement piece or stacked up the ear to artful affect, we have designed our collection to complement every woman's personal style.

Responsibly crafted from 100% recycled solid gold, gold vermeil, and 100% recycled sterling silver, these timeless designs are created to be worn and loved for years to come.

If you have multiple piercings we advise you start bigger at the bottom of your lobe, and work your way up in descending size. Discover ways to wear this versatile earring style below.

Our Chunky Square Hoops paired with the Loop Drop Hoops.

Large Hoops

Designed to be noticed, a large hoop is a classic choice to elevate your aesthetic. Even our largest hoops are lightweight enough for comfortable everyday wear. Choose from simple and chic options like our classic Large Gold Hoops or Large Vera Hoops, or for something a little more unusual discover our Rectangle and Staple gold hoop styles.

model wearing gold earrings

Huggie Hoops

Our delicate huggie hoop designs are our personal favourite choice for piercings further up the lobe and helix, alongside a larger hoop for your first piercing. If you favour an understated look huggies work beautifully even when worn individually.

As well as simple huggie hoops we offer more detailed designs, one of our most popular iterations being the Pearl and Black Onyx Huggie Hoop.

These easy-to-wear 9 karat solid gold pieces can be worn continously, and are even comfortable to sleep in.

model wearing Otiumberg gold earrings

Diamond & Pave Detailing

An eye-catching choice for desk-to-dinner dressing. We particularly love stacking the Pave Staple Hoops and Small Pave Staple Hoops alongside our Ear cuffs. Wear with casually swept back hair for evening elegance.

Otiumberg gold hoop earrings

The History Of Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are a classic and enduring style of jewellery that has a rich history spanning centuries and cultures. These versatile circular earrings have evolved over time, becoming a fashion statement and cultural symbol. Here's a brief history of hoop earrings:

Ancient Origins:

The origins of hoop earrings can be traced back to ancient civilisations. Archaeological findings suggest that hoop earrings were worn by various cultures, including the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Romans. In these early societies, hoop earrings were often crafted from materials like gold, sterling silver, and precious gemstones.

Egyptian Influence:

Hoop earrings gained prominence in ancient Egypt around 2500 BCE. They were not only a fashion statement but also held cultural significance. Egyptians believed that wearing hoop earrings could ward off evil spirits, and they were often worn by both men and women of high social status.

Roman Elegance:

During the Roman Empire, hoop earrings continued to be a popular accessory. They were often adorned with intricate designs and featured various materials, including glass, pearls, and semi-precious stones. Hoops were worn by both wealthy women and men as a symbol of their social status.

Colonial America:

In the 17th century, hoop earrings found their way to colonial America, brought by European settlers. They were particularly popular among women in the American colonies, and hoop earrings made from gold and silver were highly sought after.

Fashion Evolution:

Hoop earrings went through various fashion cycles, experiencing periods of popularity and decline throughout history. They were favored during the Renaissance and the Baroque era, then later in the 1960s and 1970s during the bohemian and hippie movements.

Cultural Significance:

Hoop earrings have held cultural significance in many societies. For example, in some African and Indigenous American cultures, hoop earrings were symbols of tribal identity and social status. In other parts of the world, hoop earrings have been associated with spirituality and protection.

Pop Culture and Celebrities:

Hoop earrings have often been popularized and made iconic by celebrities. In the 1980s, for instance, Madonna made oversized hoop earrings a fashion trend. Other celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez, have also been known for their love of hoop earrings, contributing to their enduring popularity.

Contemporary Variations:

Today, hoop earrings come in various styles, sizes, and materials. They can be small and understated or oversized and dramatic. Hoops can be simple metal rings or intricately designed with gemstone accents. Their versatility makes them suitable for casual wear or formal occasions.

Hoop earrings have a fascinating history that spans cultures and millennia. From ancient civilizations to modern fashion runways, these circular earrings have evolved and adapted, continuing to be a beloved accessory and symbol of style, individuality, and culture. Whether you prefer classic gold hoops or trendy oversized designs, the enduring appeal of hoop earrings is a testament to their timeless charm.

Gold Hoop Earrings

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