cre·ole ear·rings | ˈkrē-ˌōl ˈir-(ˌ)iŋs
A hoop earring, broader at the bottom than at the top, popular in the 1850s
Creole earrings is a style of hoop earrings that comprise of a hoop that has an inconsistent thickness and/or is elongated in shape.This earring style is most commonly seen in oval shaped earrings, however, there are times where you may come across a triangle or another shape. Common names for creole earrings include: “Twisted Creole Hoops”, “Elongated Creole Hoops”, and “Triple Twist Creole Hoops”. Creole earrings are oftentimes decorated, and include a secure fastener in the back of the earring, usually in the shape of a bar. Moreover, in some New Orleans Creole families, creole earrings are considered a right of passage. In this instance, you will find the earring dubbed as “New Orleans Hoops” or “Creole Hoops”. Furthermore, gold creole hoops are commonly worn by women in the Caribbean and West Africa. Looking back in history, fishermen and pirates alike wore creole earrings, typically in gold, and usually in the left ear. Today, distinguished fashionistas enjoy wearing these prominent earrings, usually large styles, and in gold.