Diameter is the biggest difference between huggies and more traditional hoops. Round huggie earrings are essentially very small hoops, they fit much tighter than other styles such as large rose gold hoop earrings. Additionally, some styles of gold and sterling silver huggie earrings may not include the traditional closure of other circular earrings, resulting in a different overall profile of the jewelry.
Many huggies are technically hoop earrings, but not all hoops are huggies. A huggie earring will bring a smaller size and sit more tightly on the earlobe than other styles of hoops. The smaller size of women’s and men’s huggie hoop earrings also makes them a popular choice for wearing in the earlobe or in cartilage piercings.