I did a survey on Facebook and VKontakte once that asked a simple question: “If you could only wear one piece of jewellery, what would it be?” Women from across the world voted and, after an overwhelming response on both social networking sites, EARRINGS were the winners. If, as one woman who took part in the survey said, you feel naked without your earrings, then read on: in this article, I explain what earrings to choose for your face shape.
Celebrities with a round face: singer Adele, Abigail Breslin, Kirsten Dunst.
Not recommended: large hoop earrings, either massive or miniature earrings in any form but also stars, rhombuses, snowflakes, etc. – these all make the shape of the face look even wider.
Recommended: square or elongated shapes (ovals, rectangles, triangles or teardrop shapes) that help to “lengthen” the oval of the face.
My suggestion: Arman Suciyan earrings in silver and multicoloured sapphires (right), Stephen Webster Lady Stardust earrings with an amethyst (bottom left); TOUS Sindano earrings 18kt yellow gold, sterling silver and ebony(bottom cente); Jemma Wynne Tourmaline Four Drop Earrings (bottom right).
Celebrities with a diamond face shape: Madonna, Audrey Tautou, Elizabeth Hurley.
Not recommended: any earrings that could make the face look wider (for instance either rhombus shaped or round medium-sized earrings).
Recommended: earrings with long lines and gentle curves to smooth the sharp lines of the cheekbones and chin.
My suggestion: Wendy Yue dragonfly earrings with pink and purple sapphires (right); Fernando Jorge Fusion drop earrings with pink opal and diamonds (bottom left); Chopard Happy Diamonds Iconic earrings in 18K white gold and diamonds (bottom centre); A&W Mouzannar Arabesque earrings (bottom right).
Celebrities with a square face shape: Heidi Klum, Catherine Deneuve, Diane Kruger.
Not recommended: square earrings and any whose length exceeds their width.
Recommended: round, oval, triangle or teardrop shape earrings – any that appear to stretch the face, but also multi-layered dangle earrings that help make the face look less angular.
My suggestions: Inbar pink opal earrings (right); Nicholas Liu Gia African Ruby Earrings (bottom left); Anthony Lent Sunface studs in yellow gold (bottom centre); Ornella Iannuzzi Coralline Reef dangling earrings with a pearl (bottom right).
Celebrities with a rectangular face shape: Lea Michele, Bella Heathcote, Salma Hayek
Not recommended: long slender earrings.
Recommended: circular earrings or ones with smooth lines, light and delicate pieces that add a supple roundness to the face. Pearl earrings are perfect: they not only soften the lines of the face, they also appear to shorten its length.
My suggestions: Katherine Jetter blue opal Fern earrings (right); Arunashi fire opal and pearl earrings (bottom left); Venyx Toruga diamond studs (bottom centre); Madstone Design Magnum bubble earrings in white quartz (bottom right).
Celebrities with a heart face shape: Nicole Scherzinger, Fan Bingbing, Christina Ricci
Not recommended: short, wide earrings which attract attention to the cheekbones.
Recommended: any long earrings the help to draw attention to the lower part of the face, for example any dangle earrings, teardrop shapes or chandelier earrings.
My suggestions: Carolina Bucci gold and diamonds drop earrings (right); Bochic carved mammoth drop earrings (bottom left); Morelle Davidson conch pearl and diamonds earrings (bottom centre); Irene Neuwirth boulder opal turquoise earrings (bottom right).
Celebrities with an oval face shape: Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron.
Not recommended: earrings that dangle below the cheekbones making the face look much too long.
Recommended: earrings of almost any shape and length except for those which match the above criteria. Oval and teardrop shapes do well to emphasise the beautiful shape of the face.
My suggestions: Yiossi Harari gold earrings with champagne diamonds (right); Alice Cicolini Stone Lotus earrings in amethyst (bottom left); Kara Ross Cava earrings in blue topaz with peridot (bottom centre); Brumani Baobab earrings (bottom right).
If you can’t work out what type of face you have, then don’t hesitate to choose a pair of stud earrings – they always suit everyone, without exception! KP
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