Have you ever fell in love with a piece of jewelry, bought it, then did not like it when you wore it? It seemed so right at the shop but when you actually put it on, it looked all wrong?
The type of jewelry you should wear will depend upon your face shape. I’m going to do a 3 part series of posts about fashion and face shapes. I’ll give you a face type, tell you what sort of jewelry goes best with that specific face type and show you some examples.
Guys! this will be a HUGE help when you are trying to decide what to buy for the ladies in your life. And for everyone else, it’s not just your own shape you should consider, but an aid when choosing gifts for moms, friends, daughters and that Secret Santa gift you need for the job. I thought this time of year would be a great time to discuss gift giving help but actually, we need gifts all year long.
Let’s start with both round and square shape faces. We have the same goal with both…..to make the face appear longer, not wider, to draw the eye up and down instead of horizontal.
To draw the glance vertically we want long dangly earrings. chandelier earrings are great for this. Triangle shaped earrings are good if the wide part of the triangle is at the top and the slim point is at the bottom. If you have a curve, make sure it faces inward, not outward. Long drops, tassels, and dangling chains are good. Diamond shapes are fine as long as the diamonds are long and thin, not like inverted squares. It also helps if there is a bead drop from the bottom of the diamond.
these brushed copper and glass earl earrings are great for a round face, long and dangly and the heart shape just accents the vertical gaze
These moonstone dangles are great for a square face, the length draws the eye vertically and the round silver bezels soften the line of the jaw.
Keep the neckline of your clothing in mind when you choose necklaces. Don’t buy turtlenecks for ladies with short necks or round or square faced. They crowd the chin and bring the eye right back up topside. We want it going up and down remember? You want a neckline that pulls the eye downward toward the bosoms so avoid boat necks which pull the eye side to side.
Scoop necklines are great for pulling the eyes down. Ladies with square faces look best with a rounded scoop neck. The curve of the neckline will soften the lines of the jaw.
Round faces seem to have more definition with a square scoop neck.
When choosing necklaces, do not buy pieces that are very short, like chokers or collars. they crowd the face. Choose pieces that are over 20 inches long. Long dangly pendants are best. They bring the eye downward. Avoid large chunky beads near the face or layers of chain. Assemblages pieces are not ideal. Large amounts of eye interest across the neck will take the eye horizontally again. The best assemblage pieces will feature a minimal assembly with dangling charms.
A great piece for either type face but especially square. The oval shape of the pendant lengthens the face while the feminine ribbon and minimal amount of beads will soften the lines.
A half hang necklace with its symmetrical curves which features a beautiful focal is a great addition for both these necklines and these face types. A round face would want a focal that is not round but oval or rectangular. Ditto the square face type. Square faces want soft curves Triangle shapes are also great. Again, dangles from the focal do no harm.
Cowl necks are also great. And they are wonderful for displaying long dangly earrings!
Tube tops in summer and strapless dressy dresses are also fine. Attention is taken from the face and downward. Wear simple pendants on chain or cord or boho style pieces.
V-necks are perfect for both face types, again, focusing the eye downward. For V-necks, you do not want elaborate pieces but simpler types of beautiful pendants that you want to show off.
Here is one other thing to consider when selecting gifts. Size matters! Larger ladies will not look best in tiny delicate pieces. The piece will “get lost”, appear too small. Fuller figured ladies can wear beautiful bold pieces with no problem at all and bold chains and dramatic beads. Yaaaay
One last thing. If you “like” my facebook page, you can check out more types of jewelry to get better ideas. I’ve created special albums for face types with examples of pieces that look well with specific face types. It will be easier than checking back with this blog when you go shopping. If you subscribe to this blog and email me that you did, I’ll email you 2 downloadable charts that will help you choose pieces both for yourself and others.
My daughter loves wearing black. She has so many different outfits in different styles of black. Oh, she wears colors too: black and brown, black and teal, black and white, black and multi colors. She also loves her jewelry. With so much black, making unique pieces for her can be quite a challenge. I do love a challenge. Creating jewelry for her keeps me on my toes. I wanted to share some of the totally different pieces I came up with.
Beforfe I do that, let’s talk a little bit about the different kinds of black and what black says about the wearer, according the the language of clothes. Black can give the impression of gloom or guilt, depending on the style of the clothes and the fabric. Priests and monks have worn black as a symbol of the denial of secular life.
Black velvet or stylish black dresses can also suggest sophistication……can say that the wearer has experience with the darker side of life. The richness of the fabric and the cut of the clothing suggests the level of sophistication.
With white at the neck and wrists, there is the suggestion that the person is pure underneath.
Black can also suggest age, maturity, sobriety and piety.
There is dramatic b lack and Bohemian black or dancer’s black. Dressing in black turtlenecks, black slacks or skirt, black stockings or tights with longer hair originated in Paris after World War II. Later, denim was added. This type of clothing was worn by artists, intellectuals and students, indicating their serious nature, dedication to their art or work. Dancers had similar costumes, indicating sensitivty and a serious outlook. Actors, musicians, painters and poets have adopted this style.
Motorcycle black dates from the 1940’s and draws on the styles of Italian fascists……..the leather jackets, boots, black jeans and t-shirts with zippers, snaps and studs are a more threatening style. Goth or punk wear evolved from this style also. There is refuge in a layer of menace.
Whatever your personal choice, black is beautiful. And, of course, black goes with any color.
Here are some of the pieces I made to tantalize my child.
This is a really simple piece with and hammered silver pendant and some playful chiffon polka dot fabric. It looks great for work with a suit or jeans and a black blazer or adds a bit of style to a simple black dress. Polka dots indicate a playful nature in the language of clothes and these are just small enough to indicate a sense of humor to lighten up that serious black.
A black onyx and silver pendants (onyx is a very grounding and a very protective stone). Black and white stiped fabric, the perfect mixture of innocence and naughtiness.
I took the fabric a bit farther in this one, giving it a more playful aura, a sort of pirate flair with the fabric in a scarf instead of a collar. The pendant is an onyx donut wrapped in silver wire.
This one could be worn at work or with a casual top and jeans. The black onyx and silver pendant is hung on a pleather cord and accented with faceted black Czech glass beads in plain black and some with an aurora borealis finish with hints of blue to break up the totality of the black and with silver beads.
the same necklace up close
This one is a bit more dressy. Pendant is black and deep brown glass. I used brown Czech beads, black Czech beads and silver beads. The brown beads help bring out the brown in the pendant. A silver lantern chain gives it a bit more of a formal look but it can still be worn with anything.
up close, the brown is still hard to see but it is there
She fell in love with this one. There are three tiers of black curbed aluminum chain, one plain, two with black freshwater pearls and silvery grey mussel shells. Wearing pearls helps bring wealth into your life, shells help you get organized. This is a very lightweight piece in spite of the three tiers. The misty gray shells give an ethereal, mystical tone to the piece.
very girlie girl
Well, I’m sure I’ll have more black pieces to make. These are just a few.
For the past week or so, I’ve been involved in a ‘net thing called Yahoo Answers. Anyone can go there and ask a question. Other folks try their best to give a good answer based on experience or what they have learned elsewhere. Well, most people try anyhow. Once in a while you get someone who just wants to make a wisecrack or come down on someone else. I, of course was interested to know what people were asking about jewelry. I was amazed to find a large number of posts that linked to a picture of a dress and asked “what kind of jewelry should I wear with this?” Guess I thought everyone just “knew” what looked good on them. Gave me a whole new perspective on what I might blog about. I thought that I ought to get back to basics and talk about first things first.
If you are going to choose jewelry for yourself, the first thing you should think about is not the outfit itself, but what looks good with your birthday suit. That’s right. Start with what you were born with. Your face is the first and foremost place. What shape is it? You want the pieces you choose to make the best of the features you already have or to minimize any “faults” you might find with your looks.
Ladies, if you have a round face choose jewelry that slims, pieces that create the illusion of length. Pick a piece with a strong focal point. Or go for square stones. I’m going to include some pictures so you can visualize better what I am saying.
This piece would be really great. The cord is simple fiber, slim and weightless and the rectangular shape draws the eye downward.
How about earrings like these? They are long and dangly and the rectangles draw the eye downward as the shape takes away from the roundness of the face.
If you have a heart shaped face, you want to give the illusion of width to your jawline. Wear a necklace with a strong horizontal line or wear chunky beads. The best earring type is a triangular style and not too long. This necklace of rutilated quartz might be a bit too fancy for your taste (or not, if you like bold and beautiful) but it gives you an idea of the chunky beads I’m talking about.
Notice how that centerpiece widens out at the bottom. That will draw the eye outward, just where you want it to go, away from the point of your chin.
If your face is square, you want to wear curvy earrings and a curvy necklace that draws the eye downward, making your jawline appear longer, not wider. Try something like this jasper necklace. It curves gently, then takes they eye downward and curves again.
If your face is shaped more rectangular than square, keep the focus closer to your face, but still keep the curve. This blue chalcedony necklace is shorter and has a curvy shape that would look good.
If you have an oval face, you’ve got the ideal shape for any style. Lucky you! Feel free to play with combinations of shape and texture. Check out this turquoise necklace, round beads, square beads, chunky beads and an odd shaped focal bead of silver. Anything goes!
Okay, that about covers the basics on faces. Next time, we’ll move a little farther down and talk about necklines.