Hoop Earring Types

April 1999

For Your Staff:Selling Jewelry Styles

Hoop Earring Types

This is the second in a series Professional Jeweler is presenting on different styles of jewelry. Learning about different styles, where they came from and selling points can make your job more interesting and profitable


A hinge at the bottom of the earring bail allows an attached hoop or ornament to sway back and forth – just like a doorknocker. It generally hangs below the earlobe to allow movement and features a post back secured with an earnut. The style invokes drama through movement. 14k high-polish doorknocker earrings feature a solid back.

Quality Gold, Cincinnati, OH; (800) 354-9833, fax (800) 686-7184.


Puffed Hoop

A curved wire or band extends to form a hoop below the earlobe. The metal is beveled to give it a puffy appearance. The style attracts customers' attention because the earrings look heavier and bigger, even though they're hollow and light, and are highly fashionable at reasonable prices. 14k puffed hoop earring.

Dazzlers, Los Angeles, CA; (800) 421-0111 or (213) 620-9623, fax (213) 620-1160.


Charm Hoop

A small object hangs from a hoop. During Roman times, these earrings were threaded with gemstones or glass beads. Charms made during the Victorian era were available in jeweled and non-jeweled forms. 10k gold cross charms featuring 12k gold leaves hang from gold-filled hoop earrings. Suggested retail, $79.

Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold, Rapid City, SD; (800) 658-3361 or (605) 343-2226, fax (605) 343-8653.


Hinged Hoop

A gentle curve hugs the earlobe, and the hoop snaps securely over the ear with no clips or poking posts. Hinged hoops flatter many faces and ear types and were created to be comfortable while using the phone. Commonly called "Huggies," only Jordan Meryl can legally use the trademarked name Huggy® and variations of it. Manufacturer Freidrich Zettl owns a patent on one form of hinged hoop earring. Non-patented forms are available also. Hinged hoop Huggy® earrings crafted in 18k gold with 1 carat of diamond pavé are $1,790 suggested retail.

Jordan Meryl, Baldwin Harbor, NY; (800) 99-MERYL or (516) 223-7175, fax (516) 223- 8657.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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