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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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18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Hoop Earrings Totalling 1.14cts
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18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Hoop Earrings Totalling 1.14cts
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Est: AUD2,000- AUD2,500
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Gregory Diamond Hoop Earrings 1.50ct
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14k Gold .60 Diamond Half Hoop Omega Post Earrings
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14K White Gold Diamond Huggie Earrings Totalling 0.80cts
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
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Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
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A PAIR OF CUBIC ZIRCONIA AND 9ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. Weight 4.3g. Diameter 15mm.
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
A PAIR OF CUBIC ZIRCONIA AND 9ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. Weight 4.3g. Diameter 15mm.
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Est: AUD80- AUD120
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14K gold gold earrings
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TWO PAIRS OF 9ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. (2) Total weight 2.27g. (one back missing)
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
TWO PAIRS OF 9ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. (2) Total weight 2.27g. (one back missing)
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Est: €650- €0
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EMERALD & DIAMOND STERLING SILVER HOOP EARRINGS
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EMERALD & DIAMOND STERLING SILVER HOOP EARRINGS
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Est: $75- $10,000
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A PAIR OF CHUNKY 18CT GOLD HOOP EARRINGS
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A PAIR OF CHUNKY 18CT GOLD HOOP EARRINGS
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Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,400
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A PAIR OF 18ct GOLD SQUARE HOOP EARRINGS. Weight 1.5g. Diameter 12mm.
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
A PAIR OF 18ct GOLD SQUARE HOOP EARRINGS. Weight 1.5g. Diameter 12mm.
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Est: AUD60- AUD90
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Natural Colombian Green Emerald Earrings
May 26, 11:00 AM PDT
Natural Colombian Green Emerald Earrings
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Est: $550- $575
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14K gold earrings 2.6 gms
May 25, 10:00 AM EDT
14K gold earrings 2.6 gms
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Est: $100- $260
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14K gold tricolor hoop earrings
May 25, 10:00 AM EDT
14K gold tricolor hoop earrings
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $260
$401 Bid
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings LOT 1376
May 26, 5:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings LOT 1376
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Two Pairs of Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings LOT 1376
May 26, 5:00 PM EDT
Two Pairs of Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings LOT 1376
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
18K Yellow Gold Huggie Earrings
Jul 09, 11:00 AM EDT
18K Yellow Gold Huggie Earrings
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1751 Bid
Pair of 14 kt gold sapphire-brilliant-ear hoops
May 24, 12:00 PM CEST
Pair of 14 kt gold sapphire-brilliant-ear hoops
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Est: €490- €1,960
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Vintage 14K Gold Hoop Jewelry Earrings
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage 14K Gold Hoop Jewelry Earrings
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
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18K White Gold Diamond Hoop Earring (single)
Jun 06, 6:00 PM AEST
18K White Gold Diamond Hoop Earring (single)
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Est: AUD250- AUD400
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A PAIR OF 18ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. As found - some small dents. Weight 3.15g. Diameter 22mm.
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
A PAIR OF 18ct GOLD HOOP EARRINGS. As found - some small dents. Weight 3.15g. Diameter 22mm.
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Est: AUD120- AUD180
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Est: AUD180- AUD260
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May 26, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
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Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Twisted Hoop Earrings (3.98g)
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Est: $0- $0
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