Gold Hoop Earrings: FAQ

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 Why are gold hoops normally hollow?

Gold Hoop earrings are normally hollow so that there is not so much weight pulling on the earlobe. As earrings sit in the ear they generally don’t come under too much pressure or strain from being knocked or caught on things. This means that they do not need the same weight of metal to be used in them, as say a ring or bracelet, in order for them to have the same amount of use in them.

The lesser weight means they are also less expensive and more comfortable to wear, minimizing the risk of stretching the hole in your ear lobe. The only hoop earrings we have that are solid are small sleeper earrings which need to be stronger than the larger hoops as they are designed to be worn all the time.

How should I store gold hoop earrings?

Hoop earrings are often hollow. This means they need to be stored carefully so that they do not get crushed by other objects. The best way to store them safely is in a small rigid box. Another consideration is scratching. Many gold hoops earrings have a polished finish, if the surface comes into contact with other objects there is a risk that they will scratch each other, in order to avoid this you should wrap each hoop in tissue paper or similar or slip each one into a polythene bag. Sealing the earrings away from the air will also help to minimize the tarnishing process, keeping your earrings looking bright for longer.

What is a sleeper fitting?

Sleeper hoop earrings are designed to rotate through the ear some all the way around and some allow movement across the top part of the earring, rather than to be fixed into one place. The advantage of this is that they can be comfortably worn at all times, including during the night. They are a good option for ears that have been recently pierced, after the healing period has ended, or for those that do not like to change their earrings. The fittings work normally in one of two ways either by the thinnest end threading into the hollow tube of the opposite end or the sleeper having a hinge at the centre which opens so that you can thread the end through your ear and close it upon the opposite side where the two pieces slot together, one on top of the other.
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