In this article, we’ll explore the resurgence of bamboo-inspired earrings. Styles like hip-hop-inspired, chunky hoops, and minimalist-dangle earrings (you won’t want to miss out on this look!), all made the cut.
In fashion and design, it goes without saying that trends tend to repeat. Even when decades span in between, we often see a re-visiting of a certain era when it comes to what’s trending. Bamboo earrings are no exception to this rule. A “blast from the past”, when nature meets style and elegance in a set of earrings, everybody wins.
If you were around during the 90s and early 2000s, you may remember earrings being part of the rap and hip-hop music scene. Artists like Destiny’s Child (helloooo Beyonce!) and Rihanna each sported large bamboo hoops in their music videos and on red carpets.
Fun fact? The extra thick bamboo-style hoop earrings are also nicknamed “Door Knocker Earrings” for their resemblance to, well, a door knocker!
The expression goes “everything old is new again” rang true when we saw a revisiting of this smoking hot earring trend decades later. Today, bamboo earrings are being worn in all shapes and sizes – from the more traditional thick gold hoops to delicate, small huggie-style earrings. You might even stumble upon handcrafted or vintage bamboo-inspired stud and dangle earrings.
Huge fashion houses like Gucci picked up on this lovely look. Gold bamboo earrings were seen on runways and in high-end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue.
Bamboo has long been known to bring good luck and also symbolizes love, happiness, growth, and good health. The bamboo plant itself represents both the ying and the yang of balance. It grows strong and tall, and also bends gently with the wind. Whether you’re craving more balance in your life or could use some good fortune, what could be better than wearing a lucky charm on your earlobes?
In China, bamboo is symbolic of virtue and harmony between nature and human beings. Beauty and elegance are also representative qualities of bamboo in Asian cultures. Its deep roots signify persistence and steadiness while the hollow center with a polished exterior indicates modesty.
How to Wear Bamboo Earrings
Thicker hoop styles can make a big statement. When choosing a large, chunky set of hoops consider keeping it simple with hair and neckpieces. Pair with some gold bangles and a more casual outfit for a chic look. Or take it all the way with a 90s inspired look from head to toe. This look is great for nights out on the town and events where you want to stand out from the crowd.
Thin hoops, smaller huggies and dangle earrings look great with hair up and a complimentary chain and pendant combination. These more versatile options can be worn to work or dressed up for semi-formal or even formal events. Think cocktails after work, baby or wedding showers, and dinner parties.
I’ve browsed through hundreds of styles to bring you the best pairs of bamboo design earrings. Here are my top ten finalists!
Best Bamboo-inspired Earrings
1) Hoop Bamboo Earrings
From a distance, these look like your basic hoop earring. Get up close and you’ll see there’s a twist! I love the thin and delicate look of these hoops with a textured metallic gold finish. Choose the large size for an even bigger wow factor.
2) Tahitian Pearl Bamboo Hoops
by Etsy: IndigoEarthGoods
When pearls and gold bamboo hoops combine, it’s a win-win situation. A design that brings elements of the sea and the earth together. This set of earrings has such a nice aesthetic quality, the gold circle bamboo set with pearls inside.
3) Silver Bamboo Minimalist Earrings
Something about bamboo blends seamlessly into the minimalist movement that’s trending right now. If you’re looking for a set of earrings that you can add to your permanent jewelry collection, this timeless sterling silver pair is a wonderful choice.
4) Hematite Bamboo Earrings
Hematite been known to have benefits for the wearer including protective properties. I love the contrast of dark grey-black beads with sterling silver. This handmade design is a subtle yet sophisticated take on traditional bamboo stalks.
5) Silver Bamboo Hoop Earrings
By Blue Nile
Organic meets chic with this set of shining silver bamboo hoops from Blue Nile. I love the smaller size of these hoops, making them perfect for everyday wear. These are light, full hoops with a secure clasp so you can have comfort and peace of mind whenever you wear them.
6) Jade & Bamboo Earrings
by Etsy: PrettyShinyJewels
Jade and bamboo – can we just say a big YES?
These gorgeous earrings bring a high-end twist to the bamboo earring trend. Whether for everyday wear or black-tie events these earrings will cover all the bases.
7) Lapis Lazuli Hoop Bamboo Earrings
by Etsy: BijouxPassionParis
These lapis lazuli drop hoop bamboo earrings pack a ’70s boho punch. Plated in 14K yellow gold, this unique set of earrings wraps around your earlobe perfectly. If you’re searching for a chic one-of-a-kind pair that you won’t see on anyone else – this is it!
8) Multicolored Hoop Bamboo Earrings
by Etsy: HSJewelryShop
Yellow gold, lilac, and pink unite in this stunning pair of textured hoop earrings. This pair will take you from a casual daytime look to evening dinner and drinks seamlessly.
9) 14K Gold Bamboo Hoop Earrings
Perhaps the most classic set on the list, these 14K yellow gold hoops are like Goldilocks – not too big, not too small, but just right. The texture, detail and shiny polished yellow gold make these earrings a set to be remembered.
10) Bamboo Pearl Earrings
Last but certainly not least are these bamboo pearl earrings by OmiWoods. I adore the inclusion of tiny little freshwater pearls amidst your choice of silver, gold vermeil or solid gold (conflict-free). With a hoop look and a secure stud post, you get the best of both worlds.
That concludes our list of favorite bamboo-inspired earrings for this season. I love the combination of natural textures with luxurious metals. From hoops to studs to vintage designers, how will you choose to wear this one-of-a-kind look?
Whatever you decide, bamboo earrings are a unique way to express your style and carry a little bit of nature with you on your journey.