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History of the Hoop Earring

History of the Hoop Earring

The History of the Hoop Earring is an interesting one to say the least.  We rarely put on our jewelry and actually think about what the history of that trend is, but everything does have a story and the History of the Hoop Earring is no exception.

History of the Hoop Earring

Of all the accessories you may possess, hoop earrings are one of the oldest forms of jewelry. Hoop earrings have been around for centuries and have been loved over the years by both men and women.  We can date the hoop earring all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome.  The lifecycle of this particular style of earring has made its way around many cities and varying cultures. The very first hoop earrings can been followed back to the Sumerian culture (which we now know as Iraq).  Hoop earrings then became wildly popular in Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

By understanding where the hoop earring comes from, we can truly appreciate why we now have so many different styles of hoops to choose from.  The Hoop earring has really evolved over the centuries and its craftsmanship and creativity knows no boundaries.  Most of the hoops we wear today no longer resemble the hoops of the past as we have progressed in our abilities to create better and more intricate designs, but the historical invention of the hoop earring has given us an accessory that remains one of the most popular women’s accessories of all time.

While we do not know precisely WHO created the first hoop earrings, or even who was the first to wear them….we do know that the trend has ebbed and flowed as a fashion accessory for a very long time.  Through the years the hoop earring has really evolved.   While most of us LOVE to wear them, hoop earrings didn’t always have a stellar reputation. At one time, the hoop earring was ridiculed as being a symbol of sexuality.  One that only African American women or those in the sex industry would wear. Ridiculous right?  The hoop earring has engraved its way into history, at one point being jewelry only worn by slaves and being immensely popular among sailors and pirates.  The hoop was also very symbolic in different religious ceremonies. Luckily for the women of today,  they have moved into a much more positive realm and have become the fashion accessory that we love today.

With so many styles to choose from, its no wonder that many women say that hoop earrings are their go-to everyday accessory.  Here at Wicked Wonders we have dozens of hoop earrings to choose from.  Just keyword search here on the website for ‘Hoop’ and you will see a stunning array of options to choose from.  From plain hoops to hoops with pops of color, we have you covered!  We even have fancy bejeweled hoop earrings.

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33 thoughts on “History of the Hoop Earring

  1. Great read! I love to “hoop” it up! A classic style that truly goes with everything. My favorite go-to earring is a sterling silver hoop.

  2. Very interesting to read. Thought it might be related to the unendingness of the (wedding) ring…
    Actually do remember the days when the hoop may have been linked to sexuality and perhaps it still is!
    Thank for sharing the history of the hoop with us!

    1. I am so happy you enjoyed the read! Yes, the completion of the loop in the ring is a symbol of purity whereby the open hoop was seen as promiscuous. So fun to learn!

  3. That was an eye opener i always wondered my 86 year old mom thought hoops were “trashy” lol she never said why but i love them

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  11. I have NEVER associated hoop earrings with black or Spanish people. Many Spanish people are white! I think of Roma, gypsy people. That said, don’t tell me what earrings to wear. Cell phones are so “white”. Don’t use one!

    1. We wouldn’t dream of telling you what to wear. In fact, we think all women should wear all jewelry and choose items based upon their own preferences. Fashion isn’t racial and its all about what makes you feel beautiful. 🙂

  12. While I find the article interesting, I think the following text needs a little more explaining or context:

    “While most of us LOVE to wear them, hoop earrings didn’t always have a stellar reputation. At one time, the hoop earring was ridiculed as being a symbol of sexuality. One that only African American women or those in the sex industry would wear. Ridiculous right? ”

    While I’m hoping you don’t mean to be offensive, this reads as very offensive. You lead by saying the earrings at one time had a bad reputation and then say that that reputation was that African American women or sex workers wore them exclusively. I hope you can see how this would be very offensive to an African American woman – 1) because the less than stellar reputation is that black women wear them and 2) that black women and “sex workers” appear to be equally “ridiculous.”

    1. We are here because we have a passion for fashion. Writing about historical facts as they relate to jewelry is something we find super intriguing and interesting. Our blog on the hoop earring was not an opinion piece as it relates to history, it was more informational as we find it supremely encouraging how far our culture(s) have evolved by way of fashion, fashion trends and fashion perceptions. We are thrilled that our society has evolved to become so inclusive of many cultures of fashion trends and in no way consider any trend or culture to be ridiculous. We did find it ridiculous that a particular piece of jewelry was once viewed so negatively as it relates to who wore the item and are thankful that culturally we have evolved away from such negativity because we believe everyone is equal and all deserve to sparkle. While we cannot change the history of anything, we can celebrate the evolution of fashion trends today. We celebrate inclusion of all cultural fashion trends and are thankful we all get to enjoy hoop earrings today because WE LOVE THEM!

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