Diamond hoops are back in a big way—no matter what your style.
Welcome to the diamond hoop earring renaissance, where big statements, delicate huggies and innovative edge all co-exist. One thing’s for sure: in the newest crop of designs, jewelers are definitely taking liberties to reinvent the wheel.
When America’s National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman wore Nikos Koulis diamond hoops—a gift from Oprah—as she read ‘The Hill We Climb,’ the jewels made headlines and put hoops back in the spotlight.
We are in the midst of a diamond hoop earring renaissance. All things hoops are happening from big statement diamond hoops right on down to delicate huggies. Glamorous, innovative and edgy styles can all be found in hoop-land. Some designers are even taking liberties with the shape of the silhouette. You could say they are reinventing the wheel—pun intended—, adding in arabesque motifs or turning the circle to the front of the lobe.
The roots of today’s hoop earring trend literally stretch back to the dawn of civilization. Most historians agree, a pair of gold hoops dated 2,600-2,500 B.C. on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are among the oldest known examples of hoops. Diamonds were added to hoops by at least the Victorian era. Etruscan hoop styles found during archeological digs inspired the sparkling 19th century silhouettes.
The symbolism of diamond hoops turned from ancient treasure to empowerment in the 1960s and 70s when women wore them with pantsuits and wrap dresses. They have remained an emblem of independent women ever since.
So, who are the celebrities wearing diamond hoops now? It would be easier to answer the question of who doesn’t wear them.
A super high-profile moment happened for hoops at the beginning of this year during the Presidential Inauguration. “When America’s National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman wore Nikos Koulis diamond hoops—a gift from Oprah— as she read ‘The Hill We Climb,’ the jewels made headlines and put hoops back in the spotlight,” says jewelry expert and editor Jill Newman.
At the Grammys, Beyoncé’s jewelry added significant fuel to the already on-fire trend. Queen Bey’s after-party look for the event included Lorraine Schwartz diamond and gold triple hoops. The three large pear shape diamonds suspended from the jewels totaled an eye-popping 54 carats.
Lorraine Schwartz’s sister, Ofira (who only goes by one name), also designs lots of different hoops celebrities love. Her diamond styles have been worn by a long list of stars including Blake Lively, Lizzo and Taylor Swift among many others.
“Diamond hoops make every woman look younger and sexier, because they have such great movement,” says Ofira. “We make them with the diamonds all around so when the light hits them, they beam from every angle.”
Ofira’s collection features diamond hoops for day and evening. She also has various sizes of the same design for women to sport in a matchy-matchy mode in multiple piercing. Yellow, champagne, black and white diamonds light up her jewels. All of the styles achieve something special for diamonds, says Ofira. “Hoops take diamonds to a different place that is not so serious—you can have fun with hoops.”
Diamond Circle Earrings in 18kt White Yellow and Rose Gold
2 1/2 ct tw, piece measures 1.9in x 1.2in
Sylva & Cie
18K Yellow Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings
18K Gold, Diamonds
Diamonds Fringe Hoops Y-CHD
18K Gold, 2.99-carats Diamonds.
Lilith Pavè Diamond Studded Hinged Hoop Earrings
8-Karat Yellow Gold, Brilliant White Diamonds, F/VS, 3.66CTW.
Saxon 18K Rose Gold and Diamond Extra Long Single Chain Link Earrings
Saxon 18K Rose Gold and Diamond Extra Long Single Chain Link Earrings, 0.71 Diamond Carat Weight
Diamond Ribbon Hoop Earrings
19K Yellow Gold with Hammered Finish, Diamonds
Tania Diamond Drop Earrings
20K Peach Gold, Diamonds.
Medium Linear Hoops
14K Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Enamel.
Three Row Diamond Large Hoop Earrings
18K gold, 6.5cts diamonds.
Lilith Pavè Diamond Studded Hinged Hoop Earrings – Black
Black Rhodium-Plated 18-Karat White Gold, Brilliant White Diamonds, F/VS, 3.66CTW
17mm Inside Outside Diamond Hoops
Inside outside diamond hoops have a 16.6mm diameter and are available in platinum, yellow and rose gold.
White Gold Hoops with Diamond Ball Drops
18 karat white gold hoops with reverse set diamond ball drops.
How to Style
Designer Ofira: "Hoops take diamonds to a different place that is not so serious—you can have fun with hoops."
Diamonds and Pearls
Get set for a white-on-white pairing that literally glows. The combination of a sparkle-igniting diamond cut and lustrous pearl surface is purely magical. And rather than prim and proper, designers are interpreting the mix in ways that feel super fresh.