Huggie earrings have become increasingly popular among those who appreciate stylish and minimal everyday jewelry. But what exactly are huggies, and how do they differ from regular earrings? Let’s explore.
Understanding Huggie Earrings
Huggie earrings derive their name from their design. Typically, they consist of small metal hoops that snugly “hug” the ear, sitting close to the earlobe. These earrings are also known as huggie hoop earrings. Furthermore, huggies come in two different back closure styles – lever or hinged backs.
How to Style Huggie Earrings
Wearers often opt for a single pair of huggies in their earlobes to achieve a subtle and minimalistic look. Alternatively, one can stack multiple huggies in various ear piercings to create a layered and boho-inspired appearance.
The Distinction Between Hoop Earrings and Huggie Hoop Earrings
As mentioned earlier, huggies are a type of small hoop earring that closely embraces the earlobe. While hoop earrings come in various sizes, they never sit as close to the ear as huggies do. Hoops can vary in diameter and design, ranging from larger statement hoops with a 6cm diameter to smaller hammered hoops with a 1.5cm diameter. In contrast, huggie hoop earrings have a narrower size range, with some as small as 5mm, fitting flush against the skin. For instance, our Tanna huggie hoops have a 10mm diameter, ensuring wearability for all customers. This size takes into consideration factors such as water retention and expansion in warmer climates.
Our upcoming collection of 925 sterling silver and 9k gold vermeil huggies will measure around 7-8mm, providing a comfortably snug fit and serving as ideal travel companions, hassle-free.
Huggie hoop earrings are typically fastened with lever or hinged back closures. They do not feature butterfly backs or screw backs, as these would be cumbersome due to their petite size. The essence of huggies lies in their ability to be worn effortlessly and, almost invisibly.
Huggie Earrings vs. Ear Cuffs
Huggie earrings and ear cuffs are not the same and differ for several reasons:
- Ear cuffs do not require an ear piercing, whereas huggies do.
- Ear cuffs are pushed onto the ear and adjusted, while huggies secure in place with back closures.
- Ear cuffs are often worn in piercings further up the ear, while huggie earrings can be worn in multiple positions throughout the ear.
The Advantages of Huggie Earrings
Huggie earrings offer several benefits:
- They are less likely to catch on clothing when removing them due to their close fit against the skin.
- Backs are less likely to be lost, a common occurrence with other earring types.
- Huggies can make a statement, whether worn individually or stacked in pairs.
- They are lightweight, preventing discomfort or dragging on the upper ear or earlobe.
- Huggies can be worn for longer periods compared to studs or hoops, making them suitable for travel and even sleeping (with proper maintenance, of course).
- They are easy to clean.
- Aquila Jewellery’s silver and gold huggie hoop earrings are hypoallergenic, ensuring comfort for all wearers.
Suitable Ear Piercings for Huggies
While huggies are commonly used in earlobes, they can also be worn in other areas, including the tragus (located in front of the ear canal), helix (at the top of the ear), and forward helix (the front part of the upper ear).
Cleaning Huggie Earrings
Like any precious metal jewelry, regular upkeep and cleaning play a significant role in maintaining their appearance and longevity. Refer to our cleaning guide for sterling silver and gold earrings for quick and actionable advice.
Explore Aquila’s Huggie Hoops
Currently, our Tanna collection offers two sets of huggies, with more to come. Our 925 sterling silver huggie hoops, known for their minimal and clean look, pair exceptionally well with a tropical tan. They are also a personal favorite of our founder, Stacey, who loves wearing them during her travels.
Additionally, we have 9ct gold vermeil huggie hoops, which are both durable and easy to put in. So, next time you’re on the beach, you can sleep peacefully knowing you won’t end up sifting through sand to find your earring backs.
We are thrilled to announce new collections dropping in June, just in time for summer!
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