Choosing jewelry that flatters your face

types of jewelry

Choosing jewelry that will suit your face structure is as important as choosing the right set of clothes that would complement your body shape. Diamonds are definitely a girl’s best friend but they can also be their worst enemies, depending on how one chooses to wear them.

A lot of times you are inclined towards a certain design, a certain shape but it somehow doesn’t seem to suit your face. Wearing the wrong type of jewelry may add non-flattering pounds to a frame, make a thin woman look skinnier, a full-figured woman even more voluptuous than she already is, etc. So it is always helpful if you know what suits you before you spend your hard-earned savings on a piece that looks fabulous on the showcase but questionable on you.

The right piece of necklace or the right pair of earrings should accentuate your features and divert attention away from features you’d prefer to downplay. The kind of jewelry you wear defines who you are and is a statement which reflects your personality. The right piece can make a whole outfit pop and define your style.

Determining your face-shape

There are different facial shapes and sizes but you need to determine which shape or size your face comes closest to. The best way to determine the shape of your face is to pull your hair back so that your entire face, including the hairline is visible. Now, you can determine if your face is an oval, pear, heart, square, and round.

face shapes OVAL: If your face is oval-shaped then it is considered the ideal face shape for any kind of jewelry as it is perfectly symmetrical.
Celebrities with oval faces: Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Stewart

ROUND: If you have a round face, avoid short necklaces that have large stones or pearls and earrings with circles, balls and hoops which only add to the roundness of your face. Instead, you can always opt for longer necklaces and teardrop or stick earrings that will elongate the face.
Celebrities with round faces: Cameron Diaz and Christina Ricci

HEART: Chandelier or teardrop earrings that are wider at the bottom suit heart shape faces which are narrower at the chin.
Celebrities with heart faces: Jennifer Love Hewitt

OBLONG: Oblong faces appear fuller when you wear circular and short, drop earrings.
Celebrities with oblong or rectangular faces: Hilary Swank

No matter what type of a face you have, what’s important is to being able to pick jewelry that reflects your personality and it’s making a statement by itself.

Tips to wear jewelry the right way

Not everyone has the liberty of consulting an image consultant on the go. For those who follow their instinct, here are a few handy pointers that you may want to keep in mind:

  1. Choose jewelry that creates a pleasing sense of balance. If your frame is a little bigger, small pieces of jewelry will not be accentuated. Wear jewelry according to your size. Small diamond studs are usually the preferred choice of most women but bigger women should group different stones together for a cascading effect which creates a leaner effect.
  2. Large, clunky jewelry tends to overpower a woman of a more petite size. A minimal and clean look is what suits someone with a small frame. Ultra-fine chains, large thin hoops, and a stack of thin-rimmed bangles. But, try not to combine clunky jewelry with bold patterned dresses or loud colours.
  3. Accentuate the features that you want to. If you have perfectly manicured fingers, wear pretty rings to show them off. By wearing jewelry that highlights your assets will draw the attention away from the features you don’t like.
  4. Having said that, the right kind of jewelry will help soften those less-flattering features too. If you have a short neck, dangling earrings will elongate it – just avoid them touching your shoulders. If you want to elongate your neck further, opt for longer chains rather than chokers.
  5. Keeping it simple is making a statement in itself. A necklace composed of a series of flat-cut geodes lying against the collarbone creates a very feminine look while being bold.

Know what you are wearing and wear it with confidence!