The best hoop earrings

Megan Oster

Some hoop earrings are heavy and they'll pull on your ears. If you don't like this sensation, then lightweight hoops are the best choice for you. You should also steer clear of heavy earrings if the hole for your earrings are placed low in your earlobes.

There’s a good reason why hoop earrings have endured in popularity for decades — they’re a classic choice that suits all personal tastes. There are a variety of hoops on the market, making it easy to find one that appeals to each individual’s sense of style. 

Hoop earrings can be casual or upscale. The Macy's One-Fourth-Carat Total Weight Diamond Hoop Earrings in Sterling Silver are an example of beautiful upscale hoops. They’re generous in size at 1 1/2 inches in diameter and sparkle with one-fourth-carat diamonds. 

What to know before you buy hoop earrings

Which backings are best

Backings are a critical factor to consider, because they literally keep your hoop earrings in place. Some styles offer more peace-of-mind than others. Chrysmela backs are superior when it comes to the level of security provided. While they’re not as secure as Chrysmela backs, screw backs are a great option and commonly used for fine earrings. These are far from your only options. Other choices in earring backings include:

  • La Pousette
  • Push-on stoppers
  • Latch backs
  • Kidney wires
  • Saddle backs
  • Jumbo earring backs
  • Lever backs 

Lightweight vs. heavy 

The size and width of earrings doesn’t necessarily dictate how much they weigh. Some large earrings can be lightweight, while some small earrings are heavy. Hold the earrings in one hand or try them on to confirm how much they weigh. 

Some hoop earrings are heavy and they’ll pull on your ears, which might not bother some people. You should also steer clear of heavy earrings if the holes in your ears are placed low in your earlobes. For those who can’t tolerate heavy-hoop earrings there are several lightweight hoops available. 

Your necklaces, rings and bracelets 

Hoop earrings can make a bold statement. For this reason, it’s imperative to think carefully about how a specific pair of hoop earrings would look with your necklaces, rings and bracelets. It’s best to choose a pair that’ll complement your other jewelry pieces without overwhelming them or taking away from them. The overall effect should be finished, not fussy. 

Once you’ve found hoop earrings that look nice with your other jewelry, show them off by wearing your hair pulled back from your face with a hair tie

Hoop earrings features


If you find the traditional round shape of some hoop earrings boring, you have plenty of other shapes at your disposal. These styles include oval, triangle, rectangle, square and hexagon. 


Whether you prefer a dainty size or oversized-hoop earrings, you can find the dimensions and width that suits your taste. If you want to wear your hoops with most of your clothes, you should think about which size would be most versatile for your wardrobe. 


Hoop earrings are typically constructed of metal. Types of metals used include white, yellow,  gold and rose golds, mixed metal, platinum and silver. Each type of metal has its benefits and drawbacks. Gold and platinum are less likely than silver to tarnish, but silver is sold at an affordable price. And as long as you take proper care of silver, it’ll remain in nice condition for a long time. 

Design details vs. plain 

When it comes to hoop earrings, they range from simple to intricate in design. Hoops can contain different types of design elements that include: textured and polished surfaces; embellishments like diamonds and gemstones; etched details and colors applied via painting.

Hoop earrings cost 

Hoop earrings vary in price depending upon the materials that are used. Hoops constructed of fine metal and embellished with diamonds and gemstones cost more than those made of material like resin, plastic and wood. Taking all materials into account, you can typically find high quality hoop earrings starting at roughly $20. Hoop earrings on the high end of the price range can cost thousands of dollars. 

Hoop earrings FAQ

Are hoop earrings appropriate for fancy occasions?

A. Yes, some hoop earrings are definitely appropriate for cocktail, semi-formal and formal events, as well as dinner at a five-star restaurant. It depends on the design details, however. For example, diamond hoops are extremely suitable for fancy occasions, because of the diamonds. They have a high end, luxurious look. Hoop earrings made of materials like wood, however, are typically too casual for formal settings. 

Are hoop earrings made of materials other than metal? 

A. They may not be as plentiful, but hoop earrings made of other materials do exist. Examples of these materials include wood, resin, plastic and wire. The last type of hoops are often designed with beads strung over the wire for a whimsical bohemian look. 

Which hoop earrings should I get?

Best of the best hoop earrings

Macy's One-Fourth-Carat Total Weight Diamond Hoop Earrings in Sterling Silver: available at Macy’s

Our take: With a generous diameter of 1 1/2 inches and one-fourth-carat total weight in diamonds, these hoops deliver on sparkle. 

What we like: Round cut diamonds with a clarity rating of 13 and a color rating of I to J adorn these hoop earrings. You can choose from yellow gold, rose gold and sterling silver ― all set in sterling silver. The hoops are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 2.2 millimeters in width. 

What we dislike: Faulty clasps that tended to loosen was the complaint most consistently made by the few dissatisfied buyers. 

Best bang for your buck hoop earrings

Anne Klein Silver-Tone One-and-One-Half-Inch Hoop Earrings: available at Macy’s

Our take: Everyone could use a simple, versatile pair of silver hoop earrings and this pair suits that purpose perfectly. 

What we like: The slim profile of these hoops is nicely balanced by their ample 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Since the earrings are made of silver-tone mixed-metal, they’re affordable, in addition to being beautiful. These hoops look fantastic with everything from jeans and a T-shirt to an elegant sheath dress. 

What we dislike: At least one buyer reported the earrings were difficult to slide into their ears and secure. 

Honorable mention hoop earrings

Macy's 60 Millimeter Figure-Eight Hoop Earrings in 14-Karat Gold Vermeil: available at Macy’s

Our take: A unique and striking figure-eight shape gives these hoop earrings a stylish flair that leaves a lasting impression. 

What we like: Crafted of 14-karat gold vermeil, these earrings are not your average hoops. The figure-eight shape gives them a resemblance to drop earrings, without detracting from the classic hoop style. This aspect of the earrings makes them a versatile addition to your jewelry collection. 

What we dislike: Discoloration of the gold vermeil within a short period of time was the main issue unhappy buyers cited.

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