Professional Jeweler Archive: Hooping Around

May 2002

Precious Metals/New Products

Hooping Around

Conservative or over the top, there's a design to excite all tastes

Who would have thought hoop earrings could have so many reinventions? Today’s hoops are single, double, triple or more. Big, midsize or small, they come in oval, square, elongated and traditional round shapes. The finish can be hammered, matte, sand-blasted or traditional high polish. And that’s not even counting special effects such as twisted metal, mesh and gem-studded hoops.

If weight and/or price are issues, suggest hollow hoops. But warn your customer to be careful because this style is fragile and prone to denting.

However your customer wants to express her style, hoop earrings offer one of the widest selections available in any category. Be sure your inventory is up to the challenge.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

14k gold hoop earrings are available in two-tone or tricolor gold in ovals, double overlaps, square tubes, triple overlaps and round tube styles. Suggested retail, $112-$348.

Stuller Settings Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777 or (337) 262-7700, fax (800) 444-4741 or (337) 981-1655.

14k yellow and white gold hoop earrings come in double, triple and quadruple variations. Triple keystone, $123-$194.

Carla Corp., East Providence, RI; (401) 438-7070, fax (401) 438-0455.

14k gold earrings are $215 retail.

Metal Marketplace International, Philadelphia, PA; (800) 523-9191 or (215) 592-8777, fax (215) 592-8195.

Sterling silver and 14k gold hoop earrings are $87-$236 retail.

Leonore Doskow Inc., Montrose, NY; (914) 737-1335, fax (914) 737-5049.

10k Black Hills Gold hoop earrings are $106.50 suggested retail.

Stamper Black Hills Gold Jewelry, Rapid City, SD; (800) 843-8753,

14k gold hoop-on-hoop earrings are $195 suggested retail.

Nancy B & Co., Culver City, CA; (800) 421-0464 or (310) 836-8842, fax (310) 836-2409.

Two-tone 18k gold hinged-hoop earrings retail for $780.

Denise Wood Designs Inc., Darien, CT; (203) 655-0523, fax (203) 656-1053.

.925 sterling silver hoop earrings are $20 retail.

Boma, Renton, WA; (800) 892-9210 or (425) 226-1166, fax (425) 226-2334.

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