What is the origin of hoop earrings?

Theearrings in the shape of a circle originated in Nubia (Sudan), Africa, before being introduced to other ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptian, Asian, Roman and Greek civilizations, and becoming popular in other parts of the world.


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All these events took place between 2500 BC. AD and 1500 BC. The trend ofhoop earrings declined in the 1600s, but returned in the 1700s and was even more popular in the 1820s.

But it was not until the 20th century that earrings hoops have become popular, especially in the United States. He was not welcome in all circles, however, and by the early 1900searrings hoops elicited mixed feelings.


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Much of the American population considered theseearringsas accessories symbolizing Native American and Latino cultures.

Thus, many American women have stopped wearing not only rings but alsoearingss because they did not want to be considered immigrants. Ear piercings were also heavily stigmatized, but that didn't last long.


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Thus, in 1910, women adopted simpler hairstyles, lower outfits and high hairstyles, which allowed them to show off their ears. The result was the revival of the culture ofearrings.

Then, in the early 1920s, exotic styles were introduced, and hoop earrings returned to prominence. It is believed to have been made possible by the influences of the Egyptians and the Spanish population.


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The discovery in 1922 of the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun revived the notion of gold hoops as symbols of power and belonging to high social status.

Thus, with the short hairstyles and chignons of the 1920s and 1930s, theearrings have become an essential accessory to complete outfits.

Note that at this time, women's clothing featured low-cut bodices that exposed the shoulders, and so the rings matched them perfectly. It was around this time that the famous American artist Josephine Baker had her breakthrough - she adored her gold rings on and off the stage.


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Theearrings Hoop earrings remained an essential fashion accessory, becoming a signature look in the 1960s when paired with the sleek, clean hair look of that decade.

Silver hoops and hoops made of kinetic, chrome and tribal designs first came to the fore in the 1970s, with Diana Ross and Cher known for sporting large, intricately designed hoops.

Earring patterns evolved over time, and by the 1980s new earrings featured irregular shapes and drops. These new models have relegated circles to the background, albeit temporarily.

But hoops never really went out of fashion. Rings remained fashionable in the 1990s and early 2000s, thanks to the influence of Latino culture and hip-hop culture.

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History of hoop earrings


Creoles have been around for a very long time, as we mentioned above, and they have been present since the first human civilizations.

Specifically, rings were worn by ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, Asians, and Romans.


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For these ancient communities, hoop earrings were worn to identify members of the tribe, but they quickly became symbols of power and religion within these societies.

The first circle-shaped earrings date back to 2500 BC in Nubia, an African civilization located in present-day Sudan. The circles were made of silver, gold and bronze; then, in 1000 BCE, the circles evolved into tapered hoop earrings, a style of earrings that would spread to many other cultures around the world.


Historical accounts place the Creoles in the oldest human civilizations around Mesopotamia. Sumerian women are believed to be the first group to wear gold hoops, in 2500 BC. This happened at the same time as the Nubians were wearing hoops.


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Egyptian men and women are also known to sport some of the most beautiful circlets, and it is believed to have started in 1500 BC, when ancient Egyptians believed that earrings enhanced the beauty of the person wearing them.

These rings were made of pearls and twisted gold thread, followed by the thick and heavy gold rings of the royal Egyptians which symbolized power and wealth. The ancient Greeks and Romans also adopted the rings.

Hoop earrings were deeply ingrained as an essential accessory worn by different communities and cultures through these ancient cultures and traditions. They were very important to the Egyptians, where hoops were introduced in 1500 BC.


So what made hoop earrings so important, in all these civilizations, for all these years? To begin with, hoop earrings, especially gold ones, were worn to symbolize wealth, even though many other people wore the rings because these earrings showcased and emphasized beauty.

So, with the support of this rich symbolism, round earrings quickly made their way to other parts of the world. Greek goldsmiths began creating circle-shaped earrings during the first millennium BC, followed by Etruscan goldsmiths.

These goldsmiths made different kinds of earrings, but they were all considered a symbol of prosperity and wealth. In both cultures, it was obvious that they took great pride in associating these accessories with their unique art, especially when designing the new design of these jewels.


So each of the adornments they made featured rather intricate patterns and embellishments, ranging from gems and pearls to flowers.

With the adoption and progression of the trend and acceptance of hoop earrings around the world, the infiltration of hoop earrings in the Roman Empire spread and dominated the empire.

Of course, like most novelties, they were initially unwelcome in Roman culture, but as the empire grew, they became increasingly popular among both men and women. Even Julius Caesar, arguably Rome's most famous ruler, wore hoop earrings when he reigned.


With the decline of Rome's influence in the ancient world, many other types of rings came into being, which led to the popularity of Byzantine rings - these rings were made of plain gold and had pendants made of beads hanging from chains - they quickly became a massive trend at the time.

During the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, the popularity of rings declined, especially in Europe. Some believe that the fashion for high collars and hairstyles of the time played a role in the decline of the popularity of hoop earrings.

Despite this decline in rings on land, they became increasingly popular at sea, where seagoing pirates wore them. And as mentioned above, it wasn't until the 1820s that rings became popular again.


When did hoop earrings become fashionable??


In modern civilizations, hoop earrings came into fashion from the 1920s when hairstyles and fashion trends changed. The rings enjoyed great success with the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922.

Around this time, western societies began to take an interest in old fashion styles and rituals, and very soon women began to wear rings everywhere, usually with the "bob" haircut.

In the 1960s, hoops became symbols of female emancipation, especially among Latin and African-American women.


Were hoop earrings popular in the 70s?


Yes, at that time, the rings represented the emancipation of women. Hoops were not only gold, but also silver, chrome, and other tribal designs and styles.



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