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Hoops & Huggies Earrings

Huggie and hoop earrings can run the gamut from understated to over-the-top. Truly the most traditional and most likely the oldest known earring style, hoops and their diminutive lobe-hugging cousin, huggies, are a classic staple of any jewelry collection.

Hoop earrings have been identified throughout history, from the ancient Sumerians of the 3rd millennium to the European Middle Ages. These earliest hoops were simple in design, yet some cultures, such as the Greeks and Romans, experimented with inset stones to create ever more luxurious pieces.

The popularity of hoops diminished slightly during this medieval age, in part because high collars and bulky wigs made their wear difficult. With the advent of the Renaissance, however, when necklines plunges (relatively) low and hairstyles shifted upward, hoop earrings returned.

The most recent update to hoop and huggie earrings is the addition of inset stones. Much more sophisticated than their ancient predecessors, these pave stones, typically diamonds, create even more striking earrings. Smaller huggie versions that tightly cup the earlobe can offer a tiny twinkle, while larger hoops triumphantly dangle. This innovation brought with it the potential for even more striking earrings, whether they dangle from or tightly cup the earlobe.


Quick Facts

  • In ancient Egypt, it was common for all people of high social status, regardless of gender, to wear hoop earrings
  • Aristocratic women in ancient Rome ensured their portrait busts had some eternal “bling." Many of these carved marble visages included small holes in the sculpted lobes for hoop earrings made of precious materials to be attached
  • A supposed portrait of William Shakespeare, known as the “Chandos” Portrait from around 1610 and displayed in the UK’s National Portrait Gallery, shows the famous playwright sporting one gold hoop earring

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2.00 CTW 18K White Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings
Nov 27, 12:00 AM PST
2.00 CTW 18K White Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $3,570- $5,400
$42016 Bids
Two Pairs of 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Diamond Pierced Earrings, 5.7 dwt
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Two Pairs of 14-Karat Yellow-Gold and Diamond Pierced Earrings, 5.7 dwt
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Est: $150- $200
$1257 Bids
Signed Hammered 22K Y Gold Hoop Clip On Earrings
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Signed Hammered 22K Y Gold Hoop Clip On Earrings
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$3255 Bids
22 K Gold Hallmarked Hoop Earrings, Italy
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
22 K Gold Hallmarked Hoop Earrings, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$2505 Bids
3.50 CTW Natural Diamond 14K Solid White Gold Earrings
Nov 27, 12:00 AM PST
3.50 CTW Natural Diamond 14K Solid White Gold Earrings
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $4,890- $7,300
$1905 Bids
Group of 14K Yellow Gold Earrings
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Group of 14K Yellow Gold Earrings
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$2504 Bids
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ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE INLAY HALF HOOP EARRINGS
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE INLAY HALF HOOP EARRINGS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
14K Rose Gold, Kunzite and Diamond, Halo Drop Huggie Style Earrings
Nov 27, 7:00 PM AEST
14K Rose Gold, Kunzite and Diamond, Halo Drop Huggie Style Earrings
by Jewellery Auctions Unlimited
Est: AUD1,725- AUD2,875
AUD3004 Bids
RALPH LAUREN SIGNED Sterling & Resin Earrings
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
RALPH LAUREN SIGNED Sterling & Resin Earrings
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$104 Bids
PAIR 14KT GOLD & DIAMOND EARRINGS
Nov 27, 3:00 PM PST
PAIR 14KT GOLD & DIAMOND EARRINGS
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $400- $600
$3504 Bids
John Hardy 925 Silver and Black Onyx Hoop Earrings
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
John Hardy 925 Silver and Black Onyx Hoop Earrings
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1253 Bids
14KT GOLD EARRINGS (2 PAIRS)
Nov 27, 3:00 PM PST
14KT GOLD EARRINGS (2 PAIRS)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $150- $200
$1303 Bids
A pair of Cartier Love earrings
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A pair of Cartier Love earrings
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,3003 Bids
Lot of 5 Pairs of 14K Gold Earrings
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Pairs of 14K Gold Earrings
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $300
$152 Bids
TWO PAIRS OF KEFI JEWELRY DIAMOND EARRINGS
Nov 28, 6:00 PM PST
TWO PAIRS OF KEFI JEWELRY DIAMOND EARRINGS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $650- $850
$3752 Bids
14KT GOLD EARRINGS (4 PAIRS)
Nov 27, 3:00 PM PST
14KT GOLD EARRINGS (4 PAIRS)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $150- $200
$1102 Bids
TWO PAIRS OF FOURTEEN KARAT GOLD EARRINGS
Nov 28, 6:00 PM PST
TWO PAIRS OF FOURTEEN KARAT GOLD EARRINGS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $400
$1602 Bids
A Pair of Etruscan Style Gold Earrings
Nov 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Pair of Etruscan Style Gold Earrings
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2202 Bids
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IN-AND-OUT DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS
Nov 27, 10:00 AM CST
IN-AND-OUT DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $5,000- $9,000
$2252 Bids
18KT GOLD AKOYA PEARL AND GOSHENITE EARRINGS
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
18KT GOLD AKOYA PEARL AND GOSHENITE EARRINGS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Sterling Goldtone & Green Stone Hoop Earrings
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Goldtone & Green Stone Hoop Earrings
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Sterling Silver Earrings
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Earrings
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Hoops & Huggies Earrings


Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

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Estate Jewelry Auctioneers

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GWS Auctions

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery