Sterling Silver with 14k Gold Plating
Huggie Style Earring
Measures - 20mm Tall by 16mm Wide
Weight - 5.6g
Includes microfiber jewelry pouch and cleaning cloth
Just as the name suggests, huggie earrings are small earrings that are meant to sit closer to your lobes—sort of like a hug for your ears! They're a subtler take on classic bamboo door knocker earring but are still eye-catching enough to grab everyone's attention. Plus, they're much more lightweight and won't cause your ears to sag, making them the perfect wearable option for every day.
History of the Bamboo Earring
It was in the 1980s that we saw the first renditions of the bold, statement-making, door-knocker earring that we've come to know as bamboos. They were sold in beauty supply stores in urban areas across America for just a few dollars and became an instant favorite amongst women of color. The bamboo earring wouldn’t see mass popularization until Black female artists like Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shante brought the style into mainstream media while rocking them in everything from music videos to photoshoots and red carpets.
Since then, the bamboo earring has evolved into a multitude of styles — from heart-shaped to hollowed triangles. Some even include jewels or custom name plating. Regardless of the style, the bamboo earring has remained a prominent jewelry staple for good reason. It represents a powerful symbol of ancient African civilization, with deep-rooted connections to Hip Hop culture and music. For many women of color who sport it, it also serves as a symbol of resistance.
The power this accessory has.
For years, bamboo and oversized hoop earrings, have been ridiculed as “gaudy” or “ghetto” by those outside of Black and Latinx culture. Proudly wearing them out and about has largely become an act of activism to the average woman of color. They were hardly seen as an acceptable fashion accessory by mainstream America, that is until they could find a way to co-opt and capitalize on it.
PUBLISHED JAN 31, 2022
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