Get The Look – American Horror Story: 1984

American Horror Story is back for another thrilling season! Season 9 takes place in 1984 at a summer sleepaway camp, and we are living for some of the styles from this decade. 

Angelica Ross, who plays the camp nurse Rita, was spotted wearing our yellow gold Ritani Signature Hoop earrings in episode one.

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Ritani hoop earrings

Hoops were a trend in the 80s and they’re still alive and well today!

We love these hoops because they can be dressed up or down and can take you from day to night. They’re made of solid gold, so they’re ready for a lifetime of wear. 

Hoop earrings are a must-have for your wardrobe. They are flattering on everybody because they draw attention to your face.
These hoops are also available in romantic rose gold and sleek sterling silver.

The History of Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings have had a long and rich history – the oldest hoop earrings discovered were from ca. 2500-2600, belonging to a Sumerian woman. You can view them at The Met in New York City.

oldest gold hoop earrings
The Met

Both men and women wore hoop earrings. They’ve been adorned by many ancient cultures including the Egyptians (as well as their cats), Nubians, Romans, Grecians, and more. 

Hoop earrings haven’t always served as a fashion accessory. Pirates wore hoop earrings for superstitious reasons. They thought that precious metals had magical healing powers, leading them to believe that wearing earrings could improve or cure poor eyesight. Pirates also believed that wearing hoop earrings could prevent seasickness, or serve as a lucky charm against drowning. Additionally, hoop earrings made of gold or silver could fund a sailor’s funeral and pay for their body to be sent home to their families. Some sailors would engrave their home port on the inside of their earrings so that they could be sent home to their families for burial rather than be buried at sea. 

In the 1960s-1990s, hoop earrings were a popular accessory for women of color. Unfortunately, hoops were frowned upon and criticized for a very long time, but today, they are a symbol of cultural diversity, feminism, and strength. 

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into Congress, she made a powerful statement by wearing gold hoop earrings. She shared on Twitter, “Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman.”

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