Who doesn’t love a good pair of hoops? Classic hoop earrings — as ancient as Cleopatra and as right-now as Rihanna – are having a moment, thanks to the return of Boho Chic and all things ‘70s. But as hoops get bigger in popularity and in diameter, there seems to be a small revolution afoot. Several emerging European designers are moving towards smaller, more refined hoops …and showing us new and different ways to wear them. Here are four high-end hoop styles we love, each with a budget-friendly alternative.
German designer Ina Beissner has taken a classic hoop and turned it on its ear. Her sleek gold and diamond circle clips gently into the ear instead of on it. Whether worn solo, or as a pair, Beissner’s beauties fall squarely into the “price-on-request” category. Try achieving a similar look by making any clip-on earring a clip-in. Featured: Gold-tone hoops with Swarovski crystals, $49.82, at picvpic.com.
Originally from Denmark, and trained in London, Sophie Brill Brahe won the 2014 Elle Style Award for Jewelry. Her graceful dancing hoop, aptly named Pirouette, seems to twirl from the ear to the cheekbone. Brahe’s earrings sell for more than $1,000 on net-a-porter; our 10kt gold-with-diamond alternatives are $119.99 at overstock.com.
From Maison Margiella Jewelry, these diamond and white gold Twistées take hoops to a whole new level. X-style earrings, especially in diamonds, are bold (and expensive) graphic statements. You can find Cubic Zirconia versions for under $50 at ross-simons.com.
Out of This World
Parisian designer Charlotte Chenais’ “Saturne” hoops mix white and yellow gold in a salute to the Solar System. Carried by the high-end boutique Collette, they retail for close to $2,000. If you like the look, try it for less: this two-tone style is available for $89.65 at salmajewelry.com.