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Half Hoop Earrings

Or Demi Hoops are a variety of ear ornaments that give the appearance of having full circles but are usually only half closed in. They are usually fixed to the lobe by stud like butterfly clasps or some times hinged closures.

Half Hoop Earrings

Hallmark

Is an official stamp or signature on gold, silver or platinum that certifies, from an independent body or representatives there of, the degree of purity. It has certainly been used since the middle ages (1200+) as a guarantee of purity and probably as far back as late Roman times (400AD). Most Western Government governments have strict laws on what and how an object can be marked or stamped to protect local consumers.

Hallmark

Heart Cut Diamond

This is the never ending symbol of love which is cut from a pear shaped diamond with a further piece at the top removed to form the heart. The top is usually relatively flat with the facets to the side and underneath providing the light reflection to give off its brilliance.

Heart Cut Diamond

Hinged Snap Lock Earring Clasp

This closure mechanism involves 2 halves of either the clasp or the whole earring moving towards each other to finish off the design where the male end moves into the female with a node that passes over a ridge and snaps into place and prevents it from coming out easily.

Hinged Snap Lock Earring Clasp

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are virtually any items with a round circular shape and can be quite small at say 10mm to large hoops at over 100mm. They are very popular having been around for centuries and will suit any purpose although the larger items tend to be less comfortable to wear than the smaller items.

Hoop Earrings

Huggie Earring

These are named because the design "hugs" the ear lobe, they are often small hoops but can be irregular and are used for occasions where comfort is perhaps preferred over attention grabbing items. They can be plain metal or set with stones and the smaller thinner items are great for sleepers.

Huggie Earring

Hypoallergenic

Refers to items that are less likely to irritate the skin or body, although there is no official definition or specification, most hypoallergenic items contain no nickel or lead or artificial coatings that are known irritants.