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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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14K White Gold, Sapphire and Diamond, Hoop Earrings
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Est: AUD1,425- AUD1,900
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14K Rose Gold, Orange Sapphire and Diamond, Hoop Earrings
Oct 23, 7:00 PM AEST
14K Rose Gold, Orange Sapphire and Diamond, Hoop Earrings
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Est: AUD1,050- AUD1,400
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14K Rose Gold, Sapphire and Diamond, Vintage Style Hoop Earrings
Oct 23, 7:00 PM AEST
14K Rose Gold, Sapphire and Diamond, Vintage Style Hoop Earrings
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Est: AUD750- AUD1,000
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by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $1,000
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Pair of 18kt Yellow and Gold Hollow Twist Hoop Earrings
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $80- $120
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Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $10- $1,000
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14K White Gold, Sapphire and Diamond, Hoop Earrings
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Est: AUD1,050- AUD1,400
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14K Rose Gold, 1.12ct TDW Diamond, Hoop Earrings
Oct 26, 7:00 PM AEST
14K Rose Gold, 1.12ct TDW Diamond, Hoop Earrings
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Est: AUD900- AUD1,200
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14k WHITE GOLD DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
14k WHITE GOLD DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $1,000
$1252 Bids
4.28 CTW Natural Diamond Hoop Earrings 18K Solid White Gold
Oct 21, 12:00 AM PDT
4.28 CTW Natural Diamond Hoop Earrings 18K Solid White Gold
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $7,950- $11,900
$12 Bids
14K Rose Gold, 2.22ct TDW Diamond, Filigree Hoop Earrings
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEST
14K Rose Gold, 2.22ct TDW Diamond, Filigree Hoop Earrings
by Jewellery Auctions Unlimited
Est: AUD1,425- AUD1,900
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Cartier 1993 2.50ctw Diamond, Onyx and 18K Earrings
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Cartier 1993 2.50ctw Diamond, Onyx and 18K Earrings
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
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JUDITH RIPKA (5) PAIRS OF STERLING EARRINGS
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
JUDITH RIPKA (5) PAIRS OF STERLING EARRINGS
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
18K Yellow Gold Small Hoop Earrings
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
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by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE PIERCED EARRINGS
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE PIERCED EARRINGS
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
2.00 CTW 18K White Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings
Oct 21, 12:00 AM PDT
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by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $3,570- $5,400
$11 Bid
Pair of 18kt Yellow Gold Hollow Twist Hoop Earrings
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of 18kt Yellow Gold Hollow Twist Hoop Earrings
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$601 Bid
4.50 CTW Natural Diamond Hoop Earrings 18K Solid Yellow Gold
Oct 25, 12:00 AM PDT
4.50 CTW Natural Diamond Hoop Earrings 18K Solid Yellow Gold
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $6,490- $9,700
$11 Bid
2.05CT DIAMOND HUGGIE EARRINGS
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
2.05CT DIAMOND HUGGIE EARRINGS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $3,000- $3,200
$51 Bid
18K White Gold with 4.80ct Diamond Earrings
Oct 21, 5:00 AM PDT
18K White Gold with 4.80ct Diamond Earrings
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $17,745- $21,220
$501 Bid
14K Gold 3.25ct Diamond Earrings
Oct 21, 5:00 AM PDT
14K Gold 3.25ct Diamond Earrings
by Riverside Galleries, Inc
Est: $8,554- $11,454
$501 Bid
STERLING SILVER CAT ON MOON PIERCED EARRINGS
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
STERLING SILVER CAT ON MOON PIERCED EARRINGS
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $150- $300
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Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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by Freeman's
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid

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