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Go Way Back: Hoop Earrings

Go Way Back BY bea koch 10/04/2013

Hoop earrings are back—and in a big way. But they’re never out of the spotlight for long anyway: These babies have been working the scene since, oh, just 2500 B.C. Get the full scoop below. 

 

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The Origin: Like so many good things, hoop earrings come to us from ancient times—make that wayyyyyy ancient. Wall carvings from Persepolis in ancient Persia show soldiers (the ones that the movie 300 is based on) rocking some serious versions.

 

 

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The Evolution: Back in New Kingdom Egypt (that’s around 1475 to 1180 B.C.), earrings were symbols of wealth and status, worn by both men and women. Check out that braided detail here—super-modern, no?

 

 

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Hoops had a major moment during the Renaissance (especially with artists). Shakespeare’s rocking the look in this portrait from the 1660s.

 

 

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Fast-forward to the 1920s, and, BAM, here they are again. So-risqué bob haircuts really let the jewelry sing. See: It-girl Clara Bow in a publicity still.

 

 

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In the fifties, hoops got a mini-makeover: Now the circles dangled from a stud for a bigger impact, as demonstrated above by Marilyn in the movie Niagra.

 

 


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Salt-n-Pepa’s eighties take? Go big or go home.

 

 

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The Right Now: Current fans range from Kim to Michelle (that’s Kardashian and Obama, obvs). Basically: Everyone’s on-board.

 

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