The Hoop Earrings | Jewelry History

The Hoop Earrings | Jewelry History

Hoop earrings have been around for centuries and have been loved over the years by both men and women. The earliest known culture to adorn hoop earrings were the Sumerians dating as early as 2500 B.C.E. By the 1st century B.C., the Etruscans and the Greeks, introduced shape variation and added embellishment to the hoop earrings, making it a symbol of wealth and desire. This refining progression also continued to spread throughout Western Asia.

Hellenistic Greek 1 B.C.

During the Roman and Byzantine Empires, the influence of jewelry became more ornate and refined. Crescent-shaped hoops were embellished with colored stones and pearls. They were enhanced with open work, filigree, chain, and repetitive motifs to create a lavish effect.

Byzantine 1 B.C. Roman Garnet 1 B.C.

Byzantine & Roman 1 B.C.

Fast forward to the 20th century, the 1960's and 1980's hoop earrings were large and abstract with bold, visual appeal. Whether ethnic or futuristic, plastic or metal, it made an impact and creative statement.

1960s Hoop

1970 vintage earrings

1980s Hoop


The hoop earring has become the go-to, classic shape that is both flattering and timeless. Even though there are advancements in jewelry materials and technology, the modern-day hoop earrings stay’s true to its original structure. Only by understanding where the hoop earring originated, can we truly appreciate how it has evolved over the centuries. Based on culture and history, the hoop continues to be a revolving fashion trend.

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