In the early 90s, this Helenbobelen traveled to Northern Italy with a girlfriend and spent time on the beach with friends of friends, of which two were intelligent, handsome and kind young men visiting from what was then Yugoslavia. They were into soccer and showed us their footwork on the sand, on the grass, and wherever we chose to wander. In the evenings, we dined together as a big group. It turned out one of the men was Serbian and the other was Croatian. They casually explained that after Italy they’d be required to return to Yugoslavia to join opposing sides as a Serbian and a Croatian. They were longtime friends.

When asked, ‘how did this all happen?’ they and others in the group replied that it probably started with two people in “power” who had a misunderstanding which turned into something more escalated and then the two decided to recruit entire armies.

We cheek-kissed our goodbyes. I never saw them again. But I learned to deeply understand the connection between emotional peace and environmental conservation.

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Q. I’d like to find a quality pair of very thin hoop earrings. How do I distinguish the best from the others?

A. In each photo, on each pair of hoop earrings appear, the eye can distinguish a consistent shape which also indicates its strength. The skilled artisan would create a precise and secure “locking” closure. Also, the thinner the pair of hoop earrings, the more precise the artisanal workmanship.

Q. What makes H.M. Lee’s Thinnest (And The Strongest) Thin Gold Hoop Earrings and other artisan jewelry ethically-created?

A. H.M. Lee’s ethical jewelry fabrication practices have been developed for over 20 years of professional metalsmithing. Her Thinnest (And Strongest) Thin Gold Hoop Earrings are created with conflict-free/Earth-friendly gold — 100% of the gold and silver is certified conflict-free by Scientific Certified Systems and is 100% recycled. You can read more about conflict-free gold here.

Q. What makes H.M. Lee’s Thinnest (And Strongest) Thin Gold Hoop Earrings and other artisan jewelry sustainable?

A. They’re created by a fair-paid eco-friendly whole foods plant-based-eater, and healthy and happy artist who enjoys things created with love. In addition, each pair is one-of-a-kind and created upon your very own request.

Yes, created in the U.S. and bespoke!

Q. Do you create for obsolescence-free results? 

A. Yes! I create each one-of-a-kind pair by hand…

Q. How do you keep these thin round sculptures secure in your earlobes? 

A. Check out this link:

Q. Would you create these Thinnest (And Strongest) Thin Gold Hoop Earrings in rose or green gold?

A. Yes, simply go to the respective yellow-gold karat page and purchase the pair in the karat you’d like to be in rose or green gold. Upon electronic checkout, write a note (or in a separate email) that you’d like the pair in rose or green gold.

Q. Are your earrings and jewelry nickel-free?

A. Yes, they’re all nickel-free.

Q. Why do you specialize in Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings?

A. Hoop earrings have been around since the beginning of jewelry creation. 20 years ago, clients had asked her to craft very thin hoop earrings in precious metals as no one else at that time invested in this type of production (only caring human eyes and hands — not a machine — can best create them). So she created these thin hoop earrings in 10 Karat, 14 Karat, and 18 Karat gold (and now just in 18 Karat and Sterling Silver) and over the years, both her self-taught techniques and earrings have evolved and strengthened.

Today, no one besides her is creating the thinnest and strongest thin hoop earrings in precious metals and in gratitude to the Universe, Helen shares that income with a variety of 501c3 charities. She continues her quest to be an eco-friendly artist.

Aesthetic advantages to wearing her thinnest and strongest thin hoop earrings are the subtle glittery enhancements to the wearer’s natural beauty, along with versatility of the earrings, matching almost all necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings.

Practical advantages to wearing the thinnest and strongest thin hoop earrings are comfort, as these earrings are gentle on the earlobes. Since they’re ultra thin, they’re lightweight and easy to travel with, take up less space, and require less of the earth’s natural resources; they’re also recyclable and hold intrinsic value.

95% of the packaging is recyclable/compostable. 100% of the earrings are recyclable.

To her, creating the thinnest and strongest thin hoop earrings is an additional form of meditation/positive prayer.

Q. Who does the photography? Who does the modeling? Who does the coding?

A. Helen/”H.M. Lee” photographs the artwork/jewelry.

As a young’un, she once modeled for Apple computer, has appeared in several magazines for her design work.

She codes, having picked some CSS/HTML-knowledge from friends and the internet.

Q. Is it fun to model? Does she like to model?

A. It’s a curiosity to her. It’s not her favorite activity, however the photos give clients a better idea how the jewelry looks on the earlobes, neck, wrist, etc.

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Q. Who’re her favorite designers?

A. Mother Nature/God, Bonnie Cashin, and Hubert Givenchy.

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Q. Who are her favorite vocalists?

A. Lianne LaHavas, Jack Johnson, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Gregory Porter, Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Pink, Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Norah Jones, Lauryn Hill, Stacey Kent, Corrine Bailey Rae, Tori Kelly, Janelle Monae, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Tina Malia, John Legend, Sam Smith, Andre 2000, Maroon 5, Pat Benatar, Renee Dominique, Grace VanDerWaal, Dave Lamar…too many to mention in this space…(oh, and I so loved When in Rome when they were still together…I digress…)

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Q. What’s her ethnic background?

A. Korean-American, born and raised in the U.S.

Q. She’s not part- Chinese, part- Japanese, Hawaiian, or part- Caucasian?

A. Nope. Even Koreans think she’s one of the above, and not one of them.

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Q. What is her advice to her 7-year-old self?

A. In all situations, give thanks.

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Q. What if I’m just looking to find very thin hoop earrings that are easy to insert inside the earlobes?

A. Simple. Just purchase the size you’re looking for (“Medium-Grand” size or smaller…you want these to lay flat) and send Helen a separate email stating you’d like a pair of custom “Convertible” Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings. Basically, the convertible hoop earrings insert into the ear piercing like a regular earring post. You can go to this page here’s to see photos of how these hoop earrings work.

The other option is to go to the Freedom Hoop Earrings Component page and purchase the modular components to create a hoop earring dangles.

Hope that helps you in your search, whatever the case : ).

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Q. Where can I purchase Helenbobelen.com Thinnest And Strongest Thin Gold Hoop Earrings?

A. Helenbobelen.com, of course! Also, at Portland Mercantile, a beautiful boutique in downtown Portland, OR.

Q. Where can I see Helen sing and play music?

A. Casa De Luz in Austin, TX…email her to sign up for sets and concerts or go to piarei.com

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If you’ve gotten this far on this page, thank you for taking the time to connect with Helen…if you’d like to make a purchase and have additional questions, you can reach her through email at piarei@piarei.com.

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P.S. There are exceptions to every rule…This is who she is. She fully accepts you for who you are…