Hoop earrings have been around for millennia; they date back to ancient times, as early as 2500 BC. Although it was a trend that never really went away – black and Latina women in the United States wore them from the 70s to the 90s as a symbol of resistance and cultural identity – the golden hoop found a new new life thanks in part to the “clean girl aesthetic” and the “off-duty model look” on Tiktok.
And while it might be trendy now, we don’t see the hoop going away anytime soon. He’s been stuck for 4,000 years, after all. It’s here to stay. Here are some of our favorite Australian brands to add to your jewelry collection.
Lucy Folk Anchovy Hoop Earrings, $385
Is there a more seaside and free-spirited Australian jewelry brand than Lucy Folk? Few others would make earrings that look like anchovies, but this textured pair has all the little ridges without the fishy smell – although sadly you can’t have them on toast. It’s one of the brand’s best-selling styles, and it’s easy to see why. The hoops are handmade with a gold plate and add enough quirkiness to your look without being too much of a showpiece.
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Arms of Eve Sebastian gold hoop earrings, $120
Designer Kerryn Langer’s African heritage meets Aussie beach bohemian in jewelry brand Arms of Eve. And it shows in these gold (18k plating over sterling silver) hoop earrings with a crushed and crumpled look. If you prefer small and dainty to big and bold (or if you have multiple piercings and want your earrings to match), the Arabella and Luka hoops have the same textured design but in smaller sizes.
Sarah & Sebastian Gossamer hoops, $1400
These aren’t accessories you’d buy on a whim – but really, nothing from Sarah & Sebastian is. This 10-carat pair features 20 round and marquise-cut diamonds, all set by hand, and each pair is made to order. They’re small enough to be understated and complex enough to deserve a double take.
Chief Infinity Hoops, $500
These hoops from Chief weren’t designed to hide behind your hair – with a diameter of five centimeters and a thick body, they’re sure to stand out. They’re made with sterling silver and three-micron-thick gold plating, and despite their size, they’re not heavy on your ears: each hoop weighs less than 12.5 grams.
Temple & Grace gold hook earrings, $800
Another non-traditional shape, this pair from Temple & Grace is more hook than hoop. They’re crafted with smooth, polished 18k gold for extra shine, and produced locally in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. And rare for jewelry, you can get free returns within 100 days.
Sener Besim Medium Accent Hoops, $320
Hoops, named for the style alone, are generally circular. But we already knew that luxury eyewear and jewelry designer Sener Besim doesn’t live up to expectations. These earrings are inspired by the brand’s signature geometric shapes and draw inspiration from Ottoman architecture. The base is vermeil – sterling silver covered in 14k gold – and more than 90% of the metal is recycled to respect the brand’s philosophy of sustainability.
Reliquia Verona hoops, $199
The classic chunky hoop has been given a geometric update by Sydney-based Reliquia. Shallow lines criss-cross the 18k gold-filled surface, giving an Art Deco look that elevates these hoops from the usual. Pair them with vintage yarns for a more lived-in heirloom look, or let them enhance a sleeker, modern outfit.
S-kin Studio Aurora Bold Gemstone Hoop Earrings, $119
Perhaps one of the smallest hoops on the list, S-kin Studio’s Aurora is anything but soft. The chunky huggie style earring is made of 9k gold filled and encrusted with four delicate gemstones – feminine and minimal at the same time. There’s also the smaller Aurelia with the same design if you want your lobes to be tighter – and you can dangle charms from the hoop for a more unique touch.
Gold Valentine’s Day Vera Wave Hoop Earrings, $125
If you are looking for a delicate earring that you can wear every day, but this is not it. just a simple old hoop, this wavy Sydney Valentine’s Day number has you covered. It is vermeil, 18k gold plated two microns thick over sterling silver, and curved to create small wavy shapes around the perimeter of the circle. There is also a matching Vera Wave huggie to pair with your second piercing.
Bianko Jane hoops, $190
The only earring that might be more timeless than the gold hoop is the delicate pearl earring. The two come together in this beaded hoop from Perth-based Bianko. There are approximately 20 freshwater pearls around each ring, with an 18k gold vermeil base sure to turn heads and catch eyes.
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