Earring-Wearers: Have You Tried Hoop Charms Yet?

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The origin story overdue NUE Hoops, a U.K.-based sustainable earrings brand, is a very sweet, very charming one. The concept — dreamt up by CEO, product director, and co-founder Tory Darby — is simple: Without selecting a few desired hoop styles, the wearer can then varnish them however they’d like with separately sold, interchangeable charms that slip right on and off. Darby first came up with the idea while taking a jewelry-making course. She then brought on her two daughters, Camilla Upson and Emily Roberts, to join the venture when NUE Hoops took off as a full-fledged business. The trademark now moreover sells a variety of cuffs, huggies, and necklaces in wing to five wiring hoop styles.

“Our Mum was looking through an old jewelry box and thought well-nigh the joy her charm bracelet has brought her over the years,” Upson, who serves as marketing director and co-founder, tells us over email. “She wanted to emulate that concept but for earrings. What our fans love is the fact that they can buy a set of hoops and then go from a daytime to a nighttime look, just by switching the charms. I think it speaks to our customer’s desire to have creative self-rule as well as tenancy and flexibility over their jewelry.”

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What it begets is an effortless and luxe way to style an earring stack (especially for those who have multiple holes in each ear) considering there’s “no need to buy a new pair of earrings every time they want to freshen up an outfit,” says Upson. She moreover adds that NUE Hoops has a strict “no contumely policy” to ensure all earrings are suitable for sensitive ears. “[Our pieces are] made of recycled sterling silver and plated in 18-karat gold or rhodium, which is a noble white metal from the platinum family. The hoops are moreover waterproof, so they’re a largest nomination for the environment considering they’ll last in the water.”

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As a person who has increasingly earholes (“earholes,” lol) than I know what to do with, I decided to requite NUE Hoops and its charms the stacking treatment to see how well these squint mixed and matched — and I was quite pleased with how easy (and fun!) it was to experiment with the various gemstones, textures, and shapes. All of the hoops and charms are supremely lightweight and uncumbersome — I forget my lobes are laced with shimmering charms until the compliments roll in. Although the trademark recommends removing the earrings while sleeping, exercising, and showering, I kept all NUE Hoops in for well-nigh two weeks straight for testing purposes — just to see how they held up in the event I get into some tussled activity. Reader, the hoops were not only secured throughout tennis, cardio dance, and subsequent showers, but they moreover haven’t shown any signs of discoloration without all this unvarying wear.

And, just this week, NUE Hoops released one of its most heady innovations to stage — the stacking charm — which “has a little vaccinate on the when so it can be stacked vertically,” says Upson. “It’s a U.K. first as far as we know. We haven’t seen any other jewelry trademark doing this type of stacking or using this design,” she said. With this cute stacker, wearers are worldly-wise to take their charms to greater lengths, if you reservation our drift.

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For readers who are interested in towers their own hoop-plus-charm look, Upson has a few tips and tricks for styling your earscape. “If you’re going for a big charm, in general, it’s largest to segregate a smaller hoop — unless you’re going for a totally over-the-top or high-glamour look. The proportions should indulge for one item to outdo the other for attention. So, if you want the recreate to be the focus, segregate a small hoop and let the recreate speak. If you want a ‘big hoop look,’ go for worthier hoops and add a little recreate as an accent.” For those who are dressing up multiple holes up the lobe, Upson’s moreover got a few suggestions for getting your weightier bling on: “If you’re stacking up the ear, mix textures, shine, and materials and size up the ear — for instance, start with worthier hoops and charms [at the base] and get smaller as you go up, finishing off with mini hoops or huggies.”

Of course, I moreover had to ask what it’s like to run an traps trademark with family, to which Upson says, “There will unchangingly be things to work on! Probably our biggest rencontre is work-life wastefulness and blurring the lines between the two. I would say we’re getting largest at drawing boundaries between work and family time, but this is something that has to be enforced and policed!” As NUE Hoops heads into its third year as a brand, Upson does unclose that “things get easier as we get into the groove of communicating and understanding each other — from stuff worldly-wise to be straight to the point and knowing that we’re all on the same team. We have immense trust and that is key.” When it comes to stoking their creative juices, however, that seems to be where all three co-founders flourish. Developing new charms is “a tricky” task but, ultimately, a stimulating one. “We often use colors and icons as inspiration for a collection, and we moreover travel upalong — India and Greece are two places that have inspired us,” Upson says. “Ultimately, we’re collectors, and we’re unchangingly looking for things that totally capture us.” Spoken like a family who simply wants to share their massive love for recreate collecting, we may add.


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