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Jewelry That Flatters Your Face

Posted by Smurfette On March - 24 - 2009

Choosing jewelry is not just about choosing something that you like, it is also about choosing something that will flatter your face. JSbeads.com has some helpful information about this.
Here are some tips on how to choose earrings and necklaces that will flatter your face:

Any shape necklace will work with the oval. A choker looks just as good as opera-length pearls or any necklace that comes to a “V.”
Round shapes, button or hoop earrings look well on the oval face, but triangular shapes are especially flattering. Dangling earrings look well, if they are not too long. Earrings that move up the ear or have wings that sweep up minimize a too-thin face or long nose. More shapes after the jump


To give a dimension of length, look for long necklaces, 28″ to 32″.
Squares, oblongs, rectangles work well as do dangling and angular designs. Elongated styles also go well because they draw attention down instead of around.

A high choker reduces the length of the face, particularly if the neck is too long. In addition, a 16″ or 18″ necklace that ends in a “U” flatters this face.
A pair that has rounded shape will soften your features, taking a dash of edge off your look. It is important that you avoid harsh angles and square shapes, you can wear just about anything in the earring category. Hoops and curved edges will add the necessary roundness, and drop earrings, long tear drops, or multi-tiered dangling earrings will give a square shape some length. Avoid long earrings, tossing in the shoulder-kissing drops for wider, circular shapes or thicker earrings that give your long face some width.

A choker necklace is a favorite style because it softens and diminishes the sharp angle of the chin.
Look for earrings that are wider at the bottom than the top. Dangling earrings that form a triangle are especially flattering.

Different kinds of necklaces
Collars are usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. Very Victorian and luxurious, collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions. (12/13 inches long)

A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. A simple choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable. (14/16 inches long)

The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines. It is a perfect support for a pendant. (17/19 inches long)

Longer than the choker, and just a bit shorter than an opera length, the matinee necklace is the right choice for casual or business dressing. (20/24 inches long)

The opera necklace is the queen of all the lengths. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker. This is the most common length for a necklace. (28/34 inches long)

Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favorite of Coco Chanel. Clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace will enable you to break it down into multi-strand necklace and bracelet combinations. For those looking for the complete wardrobe, this length is a must. Lariats are at last 48 inches long, with the ends left unattached for knotting or wrapping around the neck.


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