Not all jewelry will compliment all the various body types. It is important to know a few guidelines when shopping for fine jewelry. But keep in mind not all guidelines are absolute and there are exceptions to the rules. Keep in mind your own personal tastes and lifestyle when making a final selection.
Height & Bone Structure
The first and most important factor for you to consider is your overall body size and shape. To help you apply the fashion guidelines to your specific type, we have divided height into three separate categories, with discussions of pertinent bone structure. For your purposes, simply refer to the category in which your height is included.
Petite (Under 5’4″)
Necklaces – Petite women wear collar-length or longer necklaces. Styles with “V” shapes and ones that fall below the breast but above the waist elongate the figure.
Bracelets – Bangles flatter petite women. Several narrow ones are more flattering than one wide because they are more in proportion to the petite’s overall size.
Earrings – Concentrate on styles that sweep upward, pulling the viewer’s eye up. Full-figured petites look especially well in sharp geometric shapes.
Average (5’4″ – 5’7″)
Necklaces – The average-height woman can wear necklaces of any length unless she is full figured. In that case, she should avoid necklaces which rest on the breast line.
Bracelets – Wide bracelets are more in proportion to the average-height woman than very narrow ones.
Earrings – Earring choices are unlimited and should be considered in connection with face shape and, of course, hair styles. Feel free to select exciting geometric shapes such as triangles, squares and ovals.
Tall (Over 5’7″)
Necklaces – Almost any length goes well. The thin tall woman may select chokers which cut the line of the neck and de-emphasize height. Necklaces made of stones or pearls of the same size are especially flattering to the tall woman.
Bracelets – The tall woman has a wide range of bracelet choices as long as she stays away from too-delicate pieces. The full-figured tall woman should wear several thin bracelets together to give a more balanced feeling, or a couple of wide bracelets.
Earrings – Long dangling earrings are especially flattering to tall women. Because there is plenty of space between the ear lobe and shoulder, she can wear any shape earrings except tiny buttons which look lost.
Now, let’s combine the information pertaining to height and bone structure with the shape of your face. There are four basic shapes: oval, round, heart-shaped and rectangular. Analyzed your face shape, and determine the fashions that will best compliment it. Remember to select jewelry that is in proportion to the size of your face.
The face is considered to be the perfect shape. The proportions at the forehead are not too wide, and the line from the forehead flows into high cheekbones, then narrows slightly to a rounded chin.
Necklaces – Any shape necklace will work with the oval. A choker looks just as good as opera-length pearls or any necklaces that comes to a “V”.
Earrings – 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.
The rectangular face has more length that width and it has distinguishable angles. The width of the face at the forehead is the same as the chin. This face needs jewelry that adds width and camouflages the length of the face.
Necklaces – A high choker reduces the length of the face, particularly if the neck is too long. Also, a 16″ or 18″ necklace ends in a “U” flatters this face.
Earrings – Circular earrings go especially well with this face. Earrings that dangle too low might tend to accentuate the length of the face.
This face is wide at the forehead and cheeks, then narrows sharply to a point at the chin. Think of this face as a triangle. It likes jewelry that adds width to the chin to draw the eye away from the point.
Necklaces – A choker necklace is a favorite style because it softens and diminishes the sharp angle of the chin.
Earrings – Look for earrings that are wider at the bottom than top. Dangling earrings that form a triangle are especially flattering.
One final area to take into account when buying jewelry is the hand. This is a body area that attracts a great deal of attention because people “talk” with their hands or otherwise bring attention to them. It is important to select your ring with the same attention as other jewelry, striving to have a ring that flatters your hand.
The length of the fingers is the determining factor when purchasing rings. Women with long fingers, like tall women, can handle almost any style. In all cases, rings, like all jewelry, must be selected in proportion to the size of the hand. For example, if the long fingered hand is also overly thin, oval or round settings are best because they soften the look. Also, wider bands are more flattering than thin ones.
The hands with short fingers look best with settings that remain within the knuckle. The setting or stone that extends past the knuckle only accentuates the hand’s shortness and makes it look less elegant. Oval or marquise shape stones elongate the hand and make good choices for short fingers. Round solitaire settings are also good because of their simplicity. If you want a large ring, opt for a dome shape of a high setting that won’t overpower the short hand.
Finally, when buying a ring, it is important to keep comfort in mind. The hand is a working, functioning body area, as opposed to the earlobe which doesn’t put forth any effort. Don’t forsake comfort for looks. Measure the length of your knuckle and buy what allows you to move your finger freely.