Choosing Jewelry for Body and Face Type

May 06, 2014

JEWELRY BUYING FOR YOUR BODY & FACE GUIDE

How do you choose jewelry that compliments your body type and your outfit? Did you even know it makes a difference? Your jewelry is the finishing touch to the particular clothing you have picked for the day. It should shine and bring out your inner angel!

Metals I use to wrap with - Argentium sterling silver jewelry is affordable and very versatile - a must have for any wardrobe. Argentium is a step up from sterling silver and is highly sought after by jewelers in that it resists tarnish. In addition, although a bit more expensive, 14/20 gold-fill wire will last a lifetime. Either can be dressed up or down and is acceptable for any event or occasion.

This Guide is meant to give you some tips and tricks to pick out jewelry that is right for your particular body. It is divided into sections depending on the type of jewelry you are seeking - Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, and Bracelets.

Let’s begin by determining your face shape. There are four basic shapes: oval, round, heart shaped, and rectangular. Standing in front of a mirror, look straight into it and pull your hair back so it is completely off your face. Outline your face on the mirror with a marker. Now stand back and look at your face shape in the mirror. Choose the shape that most closely resembles your own from the following choices.

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Let's get started!

Earrings

The shapes and styles of earrings are endless: dangles, chandeliers, hoops, studs, posts, button, round, oblong, square, heart, etc. The size of the earring is very important when figuring out the statement you want to make to the outside world. The larger the earrings, the more noticeable they will be and could bring out your fantastic features or point out your flaws. Earrings should be chosen carefully as they are probably the most important. They can reflect light and flattering color onto your face.

First, let's talk about your height. If you are under 5'4" tall, your earrings should be styles that sweep up and pull the viewer's eye up. Full figured petite women look fantastic in earrings that have sharp geometric shapes. If you are 5'4" - 5'7", you lucky girl! Your earring choices are unlimited. You should still consider face shape and hairstyle as discussed below, but any earring length works well with this height. If you are over 5'7", there is normally lots of space between your ear lobe and shoulder and thus, long dangle earrings will be flattering on you. You can also wear any shape earrings, but avoid small, tiny button earrings like the plague! These may look lost on you.

Now let's talk about face shape. The oval face likes button, hoop, triangular and round earrings. Dangle earrings that are not too long also look great. Look for earrings that move up the ear. The round face looks wonderful in square, oblong, rectangular, dangle, elongated and angular designed earrings. All of these types of earrings draw the viewer's attention down instead of around. The rectangular or oblong face needs earrings that add width and if you have a strong jaw, long, straight earrings will often minimize this appearance.

Necklaces

When you buy a necklace, make sure you know your neck size so that you can get a good fit. Don't forget that when you add a pendant to a necklace, the end result will be a much longer length. You don't want your pendant getting lost inside your button down shirt! Common necklace lengths are as follows: Collar (12"-13", usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck), Choker (14"-16", the most classic and versatile of all the single strand lengths), Princess (17"-19", perfect necklace for a pendant), Matinee (20"-24", good choice for casual or business dressing), Opera (28"-34", great for high or crew necklines and can be doubled to wear as a two strand choker), and Rope or Lariat (Over 45", very elegant and dangerously sexy).

In general, if you are large breasted, you should steer clear of necklaces that are more than 22" in length. Any longer and the necklace may puddle right where you don't want it to. Also, very long thin chains look nice on flat chested gals. If you are under 5'4" tall, collar-length or longer necklaces look best on you. "V" shaped styles and ones that fall below the breast area and above the waist will also make you look taller.
If you are 5'4"-5'7", again you are a lucky girl! You can wear necklaces of any length, but if you are full figured, you should not wear necklaces that lay on the breast line. If you are over 5'7", you can wear almost any length. However, if you are thin and tall, a choker will cut the line of your neck and make you appear shorter.

The oval face likes any shape necklace - lucky you! The round face likes necklaces that are long - 28" to 32". The heart shaped face loves choker necklaces because they soften and diminish the sharp angle of your chin. The rectangular and oblong face likes high choker necklaces because they reduce the length of the face. Also, a 16" or 18" necklace that is shaped like a "U" will flatter this face.

Rings

When buying rings, the choices are diverse and may be overwhelming. There are large chunky rings, very simple plain bands, and lots in between.. The length and size of your finger plays an important role in determining what will look the best. Even the length of your nails makes a difference.
If you have long fingers, almost any style will look terrific on you. If you have thick fingers, huge oversized rings look fantastic on you. However, if you have long, thin fingers avoid these types of rings. Oval or round settings soften the look and are great on long, thin fingers. Also wider bands look great on long, thin fingers.

If you have hands with short fingers, the ring styles that look best on you will be ones where the setting stays within the first knuckle. If you go past the first knuckle, it will make your fingers look even shorter. Oval or marquise shape stones make your fingers look longer and are great for this type of hand. Round solitaire settings are great because they are simple. If you choose a large ring, try to get a dome shape with a high setting so it does not overpower your hand.

Bracelets

There are endless types of bracelets to choose from: bangles, toggles, cuffs, etc. It is important to measure your wrist size prior to buying a bracelet to make sure that it will fit correctly.

If you are under 5'4", bangles flatter you. Lots of narrow bangles will look much better than one wide one. If you are 5'4"-5'7", wide bracelets are better suited to your frame and will look nicer than narrow ones. If you are over 5'7", you can wear any type or size of bracelet except very delicate pieces. You should wear several thin bracelets together or a couple of wide ones.

One thing to also remember is that if you have nice hands, a smaller, thinner bracelet will draw the eye down to the hands, especially if you are also wearing a ring. If you aren't fond of your hands, wear a larger bracelet which will draw the eye away from the hand.


We hope this Guide will help you select the right type of jewelry for your body and face. Jewelry can be used to enhance a good feature, minimize a negative feature or change the way you look. Your jewelry choices are endless. Following just a few simple guidelines, you should be able to complete your look the way you want with little effort.