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Earrings FAQs

MACHETE earrings are crafted from sustainable materials such as our bio-acetate and recycled brass. Available in dozens of shapes, styles, patterns and finishes, from bold, statement making hoops to monogram studs. Learn More


How do you put on hoop earrings?
1. Choose the Right Size:

Select hoop earrings that suit your style and occasion. Opt for a size that complements your face shape and personal preference.

2. Gather Your Tools:
Have a mirror and earring backings on hand for a smooth process. This ensures you can easily adjust the earrings once they're in place.

3. Wash Your Hands:

Clean hands reduce the risk of transferring oils or dirt to your earrings. This step helps maintain the quality of your earrings over time.

4. Open the Hoop:
Gently hold the earring at the joint, and open the hoop with a slight twisting motion. Be cautious not to bend the hoop out of shape.

5. Insert the Earring:
With the hoop open, carefully guide the earring through your earlobe. Take your time to avoid discomfort.

6. Secure the Closure:
Once the hoop is in place, ensure it is securely fastened. Listen for a click or use any provided earring backings to prevent accidental slips.

7. Adjust if Necessary:
Check in the mirror to ensure the hoop is hanging correctly and comfortably. Make any adjustments as needed for symmetry.

8. Repeat the Process:
If you have a pair of hoop earrings, repeat the process for the second earring. Maintain a consistent method for a polished look.

Where did hoop earrings originate?
Hoop earrings originated in Mesopotamia around the year 2500 B.C. Two civilizations began wearing hoop earrings in this time: the people of Sumer in Mesopotamia and the Nubian people in Africa (current day Sudan).

How are hoop earrings measured?
Hoop earrings are measured in millimeters to describe the thickness of the earring. However, MACHETE earrings use inches to describe the diameter of an earring.

Who invented hoop earrings?
Sumerian women were the first to adorn hoop earrings in 2500 B.C. The trend for wearing hoop earrings gained popularity, eventually spreading to different parts of Africa, Asia, and other ancient civilizations.

How do you open hinged hoop earrings?
For hinged hoop earrings with a clasp, you can pull them open by gently pushing on the hinge with your thumb. If it doesn't come open, you can use a paperclip or a safety pin to assist.

For hinged hoop earrings with a clasp, you can twist the hoop with your index finger to open.

How do you take out hoop earrings?
1. Wash Your Hands:
Ensure your hands are clean to prevent any dirt or bacteria from transferring to your ears.

2. Find the Closure:
Locate the closure of the hoop. Hoop earrings typically have a small clasp or latch holding them in place.

3. Hold the Hoop Steadily:
Gently but firmly hold the hoop earring in one hand to keep it steady.

4. Open the Closure:
Depending on the earring design, open the clasp, latch, or hinge carefully. This may involve pushing, pulling, or twisting the closure.

5. Slide Out the Earring:
Once the closure is open, slide the hoop earring out of your earlobe.

6. Close the Hoop:
If the closure allows, securely close the hoop before storing it. This prevents misplacement and maintains the earring's shape.

How do you store hoop earrings?
To keep your hoop earrings in great condition, follow these tips:

1. Keep in Individual Compartments:
Store each pair separately in a jewelry box with individual compartments to prevent them from tangling.

2. Hang or Lay Flat:
Hang larger hoop earrings to maintain their shape, and lay smaller ones flat in your jewelry box.

3. Avoid Overcrowding:
Don't overcrowd your jewelry box; give each pair of hoop earrings enough space to prevent scratching.

4. Keep Away from Moisture:
Store your earrings in a dry place to avoid tarnishing. Consider using anti-tarnish strips or pouches.

5. Secure Closures:
Ensure the closures are secure to prevent accidental openings and potential loss.