Hoop earrings are an ancient style of jewelry. Hoop earrings have been dating to as far back as 1475BC in Egypt. In modern days, you have your pick of which type of hoop to add to your collection; post style hoops, sleeper hoops, continuous hoops, and latch back hoops. Hoop earrings can be made from a variety of metals and may even include gemstones. Plus they are available in a wide selection of sizes to fit your wardrobe; from small and demure to big and bold.
Today there is a new style of hoops on the market: the reverse hoop earrings. These earrings differ from the classic hoop earrings in a number of ways. First, they are clasp-less. Due to their design, these hoops do not require a clasp to secure them.
The second difference is that they are always thin. They are generally created to be about as thick as a standard earring post. Reverse hoops have to be created thin due to the way they are worn. This also means that the earrings are super lightweight, almost feather weight.
So how are Reverse hoop earrings worn? It may sound a little silly, but they are worn backwards. This is because unlike a classic hoop, these earrings are inserted into the back of your piercing. They are then gently pulled forward until the clasp on the back of the hoop is felt touching the back of your earlobe.
So what should you look for when purchasing a pair of reverse hoop earrings? hoop earrings
First you will want to see how thick the earrings are. An ideal thickness for reverse hoop earrings will be less than 1.0 mm is diameter. If the reverse hoop earring is larger than 1.0 mm in diameter, then it may be too thick for your piercing hole.
If an earring thickness is not listed where you wish to purchase your hoops, then the wire gauge used may be. You will want to look for a wire gauge of 19 or smaller. (If you are not familiar with wire gauging, you should know that increasing the gauge of a wire, decreases the diameter of the wire. This means than an 18 gauge wire will be larger than a 19 gauge wire.)
If your earring hole has been gauged however, you will need to look for earrings made from a smaller gauge of wire.
Another factor you will want to look at is the metal your reverse hoop earrings are made of. You will want to be sure it is a metal you are not allergic to. I would also advise avoiding plated metals since these earrings will be in your piercing. You would not want bits of the plated metal to flake off inside your earring hole.