Hoops, One of the Oldest Adornments in History.
"Jewelry is like the perfect piece- it always compliments what's already there." -Diane Von Furstenberg
Throughout history, hoop earrings have been a symbol of unity, infinity, and wholeness. Today they are a statement of confidence, strength, and diversity.
Dating back to around 2500 B.C.E. in Nubia, an African civilization (located in what we now call Sudan) hoop earrings are one of the oldest forms of jewelry. They have been in and out of fashion and worn for millennia.
Around 1500 B.C.E. Hoops made their debut in Egyptian culture. It was during that time period that the hoop earring became extremely popular in all Egyptian kingdoms among the royalty and the civilian crowds alike.
The Greeks and Etruscans created their own variation, which they considered a sign of wealth and prosperity.
After a long hiatus Hoops made a global comeback in the early 19th century.
How did the Hoop earring make a comeback? Many designers were referencing the ancient Roman and Greek cultures in their designs, creating a resurgence in the hoop. Thus bringing it back to mainstream fashion.
In the 1960s and 70's, it was common to see many woman sporting their hoops, both large and small. Hoop earrings were the accessory of choice to make a statement, one of independence. They became synonymous with female empowerment.
As a symbol of their culture and ancestry, more working-class Latina and African American women began to wear hoops in the 1980s.
"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live." —Gianni Versace
When it comes to trends, the hoop earring has been around since the invention of adornment. Basically, it's always in style. Whether you choose a large bold hoop or a classic understated style, choose a pair that fits your mood and gives you the inspiration to express your personal style.