Silver Hoop Earrings

Silver hoop earrings are the single most popular design for earrings today. They are also a favorite among celebrities. Silver is a material that is easily worked into a design to create a variety of shapes. It is commonly combined with a copper alloy to create sterling silver. Sterling is durable and less expensive than pure silver.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of hoop earrings may be gypsies. It has long been an iconic part of the traditional gypsy costume in the way that the feather headdress is to the Native American. The oldest archaeological evidence of silver hoop earrings is 5000 years old. It shows that they were worn by the ancient civilizations in the Middle East. They have also been found in digs in Asia, dating to 3000 bc and in the graves of Ancient Greeks in Crete dating back to 2000 bc. It is believed that the women of Ancient Greece wore silver hoop earrings as a sign of status. Ear piercing in general is the single oldest form of body modification. It was a popular practice among men as well as women. For example, Ancient Persian soldiers wore earrings. Among sailors, hoop earrings were a sign that they had sailed around the world, or at the very least crossed the equator.

Sterling silver is a combination of copper alloys and pure silver. It is made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It is inexpensive and durable making it one of the most popular materials for crafting jewelry. Combining copper alloy with the silver has very little effect on the value of the silver. Instead the value of silver jewelry is based on the intricacy of the design and the quality of its craftsmanship. The most common identifying marks for sterling silver are; sterling silver, ster, sterling, and .925.

Smaller hoops are often considered casual, while large hoops more suitable for formal attire. Some also believe that certain sizes should be worn to accentuate the face based on hair length. It is common for women with long hair to wear larger hoops. Though they may be more easily admired if long hair is worn down, silver hoop earrings are so universal that anyone can wear them. Modern variations of the hoop earrings include single, double, and triple hoops. These can also be made up of different metals that are twisted or braided together. The weave design hoops provide a more intricate design. Silver hoops also come in different shapes. They can be heart, star, square, oval, and rectangular. The metal may be hammered and also set with diamonds or other gems. Another popular variation is the dangling hoop earring. This design has the traditional hoop that dangles from a chain. It can also have something dangle from the hoop itself or placed inside it. One of the more intricate designs for the inside of a hoop is the flat filigree curved design. The metal is crafted into an intricate design on the inside of the hoop.

Silver hoop earrings are also available in a wide variety of thicknesses. They are usually listed by millimeter measurements. This is an important point to consider in a design when purchasing high end silver earrings. If the earrings are hollow, less silver is used and the overall weight and value will be lower. Solid hoops will weigh more and may be less desirable for comfort, but will be worth more due to the amount of metal used to craft them. Other designs that add value are Swarovski crystals and cubic zirconium.

There are many ways to personalize your hoop earrings. A popular style is to add engraving to the inside of the hoop, such as your name. Gemstones can also be added to the outside of the hoop. Adding gems to the hoop is a good option for those that want earrings that are more formal.

The backs of earrings can vary and choosing one is a matter of personal taste. Many people prefer a latch back; this style does not have a spate piece to attach that may become lost. Its ease of use and the ability to open and close it quickly make it a convenient option.

Sterling silver is a durable material and is appropriate for daily wear. Silver can tarnish is exposed to chemicals such as; ammonia, bleach, and chlorinated water. Therefore it is best to remove your silver hoop earrings before cleaning with chemicals or swimming in a chlorinated pool. To clean your earrings, many options are available. Jewelry cleaning solutions can be purchased at drug stores and include a basket to allow you to dip your jewelry in the solution. An alternative to store bought cleaners is soaking your earring sin a dish that includes a mixture of warm water, baking soda, dish washing liquid, and salt. To shine your silver, a polishing cloth may be used.

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