Hoopnotica: Designs from (top left, clockwise): Georg Jensen, Lana Jewelry, Fallon, Aurelie Bidermann, Alexis Bittar and Tom Binns.
I know it sounds really 1980s, but I love hoop earrings. For me, it’s not so much about whether they are on trend or not – I just find them to be a classic piece of jewellery that never goes out of style. Right now I rotate between my hammered gold Ippolita hoops and David Yurman’s mobile silver and gold earrings that dangle and twist like a baby’s mobile. I always get compliments for them. I also love my Brigetta jewellery interchangeable teardrop hoops which features hoops in three sizes that can be worn in different combinations. They are probably the most versatile piece of jewellery that I own.
While I have plenty classics, I am looking for more edgy designs that will make a cool statement. Here are some of my favourites.
1) Tom Binns’ barbed wire hoops: Binns is the rebel of the jewellery world and his designs have always had a punk twist. These are no exception with their cool barbed wire knots. That being said, they are still delicate thanks to the thin wire hoop.
2) Aurelie Bidermann’s Autumn hoop earrings: Bidermann is hot right now thanks to her nature-inspired designs. Following on from her sheaves of wheat hoops last season, come these chunky hoops decorated with autumn leaves. The tarnished gold gives it a worn in look that I like. A selection of her jewellery is also available at Rue Madame.
3) Lana Jewelry’s Upside Down hoops: I love the cool geometry in these sharp, square hoops. The best part about them is that there are no fastenings or backings, taking minimalism to a new level. They are available in yellow, rose and white gold.
4) Fallon’s Microspike hoops: Give me spikes over studs anyday. I saw a friend wearing these and loved how they still looked feminine despite the pointy ends. Pair them with a black cocktail dress to make a statement.
5) Georg Jensen’s Alliance earrings: I’ve always been a fan of Georg Jensen’s sleek Scandanavian design. These curvy hoops snake and twist around the earlobes, making them a definite conversation starter!
6) Alexis Bittar’s Liquid gold Tear Link earring: I was first introduced to Alexis Bittar a few years ago in New York and have always liked his fashion forward yet playful designs. I love the fact that these hoops have a fluid look to them – almost like water.