Believe it or not, hoop earrings have been a staple across numerous cultures for thousands of years. It is believed that the earliest gold earrings belonged to women of Sumerian culture in what is now present-day Iraq as far back as 2500 BC.
Over the years gold hoops have taken on many forms, most notably in the 1980s with the popularity of doorknocker earrings, also known as bamboo earrings. These earrings vary in size, colors, and shapes but they all have one thing in common -- they were worn to make a bold statement. Some earrings were gold, some silver, some were shaped like the knockers on a front door (hence the name) while others were in the shape of a circle, the options were and still are endless.
As female rap acts like Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shante rose to popularity, doorknocker earrings did too. LL Cool J shouted the earrings out in his 1990s hit “Around the Way Girl” saying “ I want a girl with extensions in her hair / Bamboo earrings / At least two pair.” Over time, women began to personalize their jewelry by adding their names and/or pet names like “baby girl,” “love,” “honey,” etc..
Fast forward to today, bamboo earrings have resurfaced and play a huge role in mainstream fashion. The price for doorknockers has mirrored the demand and spiked to its highest prices. When the earrings first gained popularity in the 80s, they were less than $4 per pair. Now, in 2019 with hundreds of thousands of people in want of these earrings, the price has nearly doubled. Most recently Nicki Minaj included a $630 pair with her Fendi collection.
People all over the world have adopted and incorporated these accessories into their everyday outfits to add some glam to their looks!