Sterling Silver Hoop And Sleeper Earrings
When earrings fell largely out of use in Europe in the 1840s and 1850s due to a change in hairstyles that entirely covered the ears, women with pierced ears who didn't want the holes to close took to wearing simple earrings, known as "sleepers," to bed at night.
Hoop earrings are circular or semi-circular in design, they are often constructed of metal tubing, with a thin wire attachment penetrating the ear. The hollow tubing is permanently attached to the wire at the front of the ear, and slips into the tube at the back. The entire device is held together by tension between the wire and the tube.