Real jewelry offers you beauty that lasts. It also represents your personal statement
of style. Another wonderful fact is that there is real jewelry to fit every taste and
There are no firm rules of right or wrong jewelry choices. However, just as you
consider your personal features and build when choosing clothing fashions, you might also
do so when you're selecting jewelry.
The purpose of this book is not to set down rules, but to offer general guidelines for
selecting jewelry that flatters you!
Remember that the most important rule for buying jewelry is to buy what you like.
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 best 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 one 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 breastline.
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. Analyze your face shape, and determine the fashions that will best complement
it. Remember to select jewelry that is in proportion to the size of your face.
The oval 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 necklace that comes to a
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 round face is a circle-the width is equal to the length, with no discernible angles
at the cheek or chin. The aim of jewelry is to add length.
Necklaces--To give a dimension of length, look for long
necklaces, 28" to 32".
Earrings-Squares, oblongs, rectangles work well as do
dangling and angular designs. Elongated styles also go well because they draw attention
down instead of around.
The rectangular face has more length than 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 that ends in a
"U" flatters this 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 the 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 most 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.
Whatever your body proportions or height, there are real jewelry styles to fit your
"look." Your local jeweler has a wide variety of fashions for you to compare,
try on and select what flatters you . Rely on your jeweler for advice, information and
service before and after your purchase.
Copyright 1995, Jewelers of America, Inc.