June 29, 2021

At DEMI+CO we pride ourselves on knowing everything there is to know about gold hoop earrings, from gold effect earrings, gold plated earrings to 9ct gold earrings and 18ct gold hoops. Our extensive knowledge, experience and expertise means that we have all the different types of gold hoops you can get all in one place.

Sleeper hoop earrings are one of our most important collections within our hoop earring range, not only are they the go to for a daily hoop earring but they are also the first hoop earring to be worn on a first time piercing and also a great option for a second, third or fourth piercing too. There are so many benefits of wearing a sleeper hoop and our collection includes gold sleeper hoops, silver sleeper hoops and even white gold sleeper hoops.

We have also included 13 facts that you probably didn’t know about sleeper hoop earrings as well. We hope you enjoy reading all about sleeper hoop earrings and looking through some of our products and if you find something you like then we hope you buy. Also, if you find that you have a question that’s not been answered then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we would be happy to help. Enjoy!


9ct Yellow Gold 14mm D/C Hinged Sleepers

These delicate and small yellow gold hinged sleepers are made with 9ct gold and are 14mm in diameter, hinged in the centre allows these hoops for easy removal and easy to wear. Lightweight and comfortable these sleepers are the ideal first earring for a piercing or a great everyday small hoop suitable for second or third piercings.

 9ct gold sleeper earrings

  1. That you can sleep in your sleeper earrings 

Yes, that’s right the only earrings you can actually sleep, comfortable, light and secure the ideal pair of earrings that you can leave in.


  1. You have to wear a sleeper earring in every new piercing you get even if it’s the first or fourteenth

This is very true, always best to check with a reputable piercing shop or expert but a sleeper stud or earring are the best for first time piercings.


  1. Some sizes are ideal for children and younger adults, teens

Sleeper hoop earrings are the perfect size, weight and design for first time piercing and for younger adults and children. Please check with a reputable piercing expert before selecting any earrings for children and teens.


Silver 12mm Diamond Cut Hinged Sleepers

These sparkly, light and comfortable silver sleeper earrings have a diamond cut which gives them an extra attention to detail and bounces the light of them making them look extra shimmery. Made with sterling silver these silver sleepers are the perfect first hoop or the perfect everyday hoop earring.

 silver sleeper hoops

  1. Great gift option

As smaller earrings in particularly small hoop earrings are very versatile, a classic style and are easy to wear they make a great gift option. Small gold hoop earrings, small silver hoopsand sleeper earrings are timeless and can be worn by anyone.


  1. Are unisex and can be worn by men, women and gender neutral

As mentioned above sleeper hoops have a classic, elegance and versatility they suit men, women and gender neutral styles.


  1. Can be worn in water if made of sterling silver or gold

Sterling silver, gold plated and 9ct gold can be worn in water and are not required to be removed. We don’t recommend ocean or sea water but any other type of water, shower, bath is fine and will not damage or tarnish the earrings/


Yellow Gold Sleepers

These yellow gold slightly thicker style or sleepers have a bit more depth and shine. Chunky gold sleeper hoops are perfect for daytime casual looks and first time earrings.

 gold sleeper hoops

  1. Are Hypoallergic ours are made with gold and sterling silver; they are also corrosion resistant

Sleeper earrings that are made with sterling silver are hypoallergic and so are out 9ct gold ones. Both materials are also corrosion resistant.


  1. Can come in a range of sizes from fairly reasonable to super luxe

Our sleeper hoop earring collection are available in several different styles from simple and minimal to thicker sleeper hoops and small chunky hoop earrings too.


  1. Sleeper earrings can be worn even if you don’t have newly pierced ears

Sleeper hoops are a great everyday earring and a classic piece of jewellery that will look great whenever they are worn, to work, in the evenings and special occasions.

Silver 16mm Plain Hinged Sleepers

Slightly larger in size these silver sleeper hoop earrings are still light, sturdy and easy to wear. These small silver hoops would also make every day go to silver hoop option.

 silver sleeper earrings

  1. Sleeper earrings don’t just come in one size

Our sleeper hoop earrings are available in a number of sizes from very small 8mm or 6mm diameter to 25mm


  1. Most sleepers are made in 1mm wire thickness

This is absolutely true, 1mm is the perfect thickness, not too wide for a newly pierced ear but not too thin so that the hoop breaks or can barely be seen.


  1. Many of our customers continue to wear hoop sleeper earrings

Our customers do continue to wear sleeper hoop earrings even after they can take it out as they feel so comfortable when they have them on.


  1. Our sleeper earrings look great as a second, third or fourth piercing

Whether you have had a second piercing a tragus or a third piercing our sleeper hoops make a great option for other piercings you have. Why not create a curated ear look with some of our studs, sleeper earrings and larger hoop earrings.


Yellow Gold Sleepers

Slightly larger on the width these gold sleeper earrings are ideal for a great everyday hoop and would also make a good alternative for a delicate evening look too.

 gold hoop earrings uk

What is a sleeper earring?

Sleeper earrings, also frequently called starter earrings, are created to be worn by people who have had their ears pierced for the first time. They are named as such because they must be worn around the clock, which includes during sleeping time

Can you sleep with sleeper earrings?

The general rule of thumb is to avoid sleeping in earrings, with one exception: when you get a new piercing. But if your piercings are older, avoid wearing earrings made with nickel overnight, as well as large hoops and dangle or drop-style earrings. These could cause skin irritations and may be painful.

What are the best earrings to sleep in?

No squishing and stabbing earrings are considered to be good earrings to sleep in. Another difference is that they are never made from Nickel. The materials commonly used in making Sleeper earrings are Gold, Sterling Silver, and surgical steel.


Yellow Gold Capped Sleepers

Slightly thicker in size these small chunky gold hoop sleepers still have a thin part of the hoop that is inserted in to the ears. These unusual and thicker gold sleepers are incredibly unique and cute.

 gold sleepers

Are sleepers or studs better?

Newly pierced ears: Basically, the sleeper earrings have been designed for use by persons who just had their ears pierced. The studs are ideal for children, and they have screw-on backs that keep them well secured in place, while the hoops often work better as sleeper earrings for adults.

Are hoop earrings dangerous?

While oversized hoops have their place, please be careful with these earrings, they can cause injuries and may cause damage to your ears. From triggering mild infections to elongating ear lobes and possible splitting.

Do you shower with earrings?

You initially must remove your earrings and keep them dry and safe, as earrings can get damaged when they come in contact with liquid. Gently massage the earlobe with water and soap to clean the ear area.

What are good starter earrings?

And the first pair of earrings should be 18K or 14K yellow gold, surgical steel or platinum posts with screw-on backs, you can then move on to sleeper hoops or small hoop earrings but check with your piercing expert first.


Yellow Gold Sleepers

These gold sleeper hoops are slightly larger in size at 17mm but are still light weight and sturdy.

 huggie hoops

What size are sleeper earrings?


The traditional sleeper earring is a classic shape that is timeless. Get the look with our range of sleeper earrings ranging from 12mm to 34mm. Our sleeper hoops are comfortable and light enough to wear at all times, their highly polished appearance will ensure they become one of your jewellery favourites.


What is the smallest hoop earring size?


Our range of sleeper hoop earrings go from size 12mm to 34mm and beyond. We do advise to go for a smaller size if it is your first piercing or a new piercing and always check with the piercing expert. Our smaller sizes include 12mm, 14mm,16mm and 34 mm, our most popular size is our 12mm range as they are small enough to be safe but still big enough to give a nice bold look.


What is the perfect size hoop earring?


For most conch and daith piercings, 12mm hoops are ideal. However, if you have a larger space inside the ear, you might want to consider a 14mm hoop for conch and daith piercings. For first and second lobe piercings, sizes 12mm to 14mm are simply perfect.


What do you call small hoop earrings?

Our range of small hoop style earrings are designed for healed piercings, and come in a range of colours and styles and designs. Slightly smaller than huggies, our sleeper hoops are safe for all kinds of ear piercings including lobes, tragus, rook, helix, forward helix and the auricle.


Are hoop earrings flattering?

Like any statement earring, hoops have an ability to draw the eye towards your face, but by being circular in shape they frame your face quickly and easily and are extra complementary to your jaw and cheekbones, defining your features with both the shape and shade they create


Are huggie earrings in style?

Cute, stylish and versatile, huggie hoop earrings are one of the hottest trends of the year. If last year was all about big hoops, this year we believe small gold hoop earrings or gold huggie hoops will be a big trend.


Ear piercings are very popular and common and although they can be less risky than other body piercings, they can still cause complications if not handled safely. For anyone thinking about getting their ears pierced, dermatologists and piercing experts urge people to follow these steps to avoid infection:

  • Always wash your hands before touching newly pierced ears.
  • Leave the earrings in your ears for six weeks or more, even at night. Removing the starter earrings too early may cause the piercings to close.
  • Regularly wash your ears with soap and water. Carefully do this at least once a day to avoid infection.
  • Twist the earrings a few times daily. This will help keep the pierced holes open.

Put rubbing alcohol on your ears. Using a cotton ball or pad dipped in rubbing alcohol, gently clean the skin around the piercings twice a day to keep away germs and prevent scabbing. You may also apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly around the opening.

After piercing your ears, keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get sore, red or puffy and that the holes don’t ooze yellowish liquid. If any of this occurs and doesn’t go away quickly, see a certified dermatologist, or a medical professional as you may have an infection.


Yellow Gold Sleepers

Our larger sized gold sleeper hoop earrings at 34mm these small gold hoop earrings are a great everyday hoop choice.

 sleeper hoop earrings


We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post all about sleeper earrings and sleeper hoop earrings. We like to think we are experts when it comes to jewellery and we like to pass on our knowledge of gold earrings, gold hoops and gold sleeper hoops to our customers as well. Not forgetting to mention our knowledge of sterling silver and silver sleeper hoops too.


As a family run business, we pride ourselves on our quality products, our intricate details and original designs and also our service to our customers. Our demi fine collection features an array of beautiful 9ct, 18ct yellow gold, sterling silver, 9ct and 18ct white gold and 9ct and 18ct rose gold. All our demi fine jewellery comes with luxury shiny black DEMI+CO boxes lined with crushed blue velvet and a sparkly light when you open the box.





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