Hoop earrings have long been a style staple for decades. A must-have in your jewellery box, these pieces always look classic, on-trend and they never go out of style — even when you pepper in colours, shapes and fabrics that change with the season. Even so, many cultures — from Sumerian to Egyptian and Chinese — have valued the hoop, and its cultural associations (Assyrian kings wore them, as do Los Angeles cholitas today) have changed over time.
This year, the hoop is again riding high. Brands like Bottega Veneta, Chloé and Isabel Marant have sent models down the runways with big, bold statement jewellery. Huge chokers and bracelets were draped around necks and arms, and ears dripped with big, bold chandeliers, clip-ons, and of course — hoops. This time, no arguments are breaking out. Rather, it is a celebration of the fact that when it comes to making a statement, the hoop is simply a shape that cannot be ignored.
Whatever your style — or culture — we wanted to present the more unusual hoops you could go for. Here are 12 styles that pack a serious punch, and will satiate your earring obsession.