T&C Tried & True: The Perfect Gold Hoops

Leena Kim
·3 min read
Photo credit: Patrick SICCOLI - Getty Images
Photo credit: Patrick SICCOLI - Getty Images


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Here at T&C, we pride ourselves on our discerning eye for quality. As a result, our editors know the secrets to finding the best products on the market, whether it's a statement lipstick that doesn't quit, the perfect pair of gold hoops, the most comfortable and stylish mules, chic and functional barware, or the tech devices that will improve your day-to-day life. With T&C Tried & True, our editors will give you an inside look at the pieces they simply cannot live without.

We all have that trusty little thing we can turn to time and again to seal a look. The final piece of the puzzle for a confidence boost; the foolproof feel-good factor. For some, it's a swipe of red lipstick. For others, maybe a lucky talisman. For me, it's my Roberto Coin gold hoops.

Anyone—from Princess Caroline to J.Lo—can tell you that a well-crafted pair of gold hoop earrings are as worthy an investment as leather pants and a fabulous statement coat. The good ones should last forever. They should be resilient and versatile. These Roberto Coins are just that. I wear mine everyday and everywhere. Even nowhere: if I'm spending an entire Sunday afternoon binge-watching The Serpent (in which, incidentally, hoops figure large in Jenna Coleman's '70s-era wardrobe), I'll put on my earrings to feel like less of a slouch.

Photo credit: Slim Aarons - Getty Images
Photo credit: Slim Aarons - Getty Images

This particular size—the 1.75" version—strikes the perfect balance. They are big enough to peek through my mess of long, dark brown hair but not so chunky to be too formal for daily wear. Subtle but still kind of glamorous. Delicate but not invisible. And while gold should have a sense of weight, earrings need to feel weightless—nothing is worth drooping earlobes. Again, these win.

Hoop earrings are as old as jewelry itself, stretching back to ancient Sumerian, Minoan, and Egyptian civilizations. Men, women, even cats (in Egypt) wore them. And while pearls were coveted as markers of wealth, power, and status, hoops, by their circular nature, may have symbolized something more transcendent: eternity. Then there's the simple fact that gold hoops are just universally flattering.

I'm aware that there are plenty of other gold hoops on the market that can be bought for a fraction of this price (the opposite is also true). But I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to jewelry—call it an occupational hazard. I'm partial to the heritage brands, I won't wear gold-plated anything (unless it's costume), and I'll pay for what I believe is high quality.

Roberto Coin, who founded his company in 1996, was born in Vicenza, Italy, known literally as the capital of gold—the city has been a center of jewelry-making since 600 B.C. So to me, he is a master of the metal, and especially in gold hoops. Next, I have my sights set on a thicker set, for when I want to channel this version of Princess Caroline.

Photo credit: Patrick SICCOLI - Getty Images
Photo credit: Patrick SICCOLI - Getty Images

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