Tips for Selecting Earrings
There are some basic facts when it comes to shopping for jewelry. Earrings are designed for either pierced or unpierced ears and within those two options are a variety of styles. Pierced earrings feature a wire or post that fits through the piercing hole in the earlobe, while earrings for unpierced ears are kept in place by a magnet, clamp or screwback.
In addition to selecting the right type of earrings based on whether or not you have piercings, you'll need to take your hairstyle into consideration when picking new earrings to add to your accessories collection. Thinking about how you'll need to wear your hair to allow the earrings to be seen will help you to choose the perfect design. For example, if you're looking for earrings to wear to an evening event and you have long hair, you might have to wear your hair up to ensure that a small pair of earrings is visible.
Considering Your Face Shape When Choosing Earrings
Another important thing to consider when choosing earrings is the shape of your face. If your face is round or oval shaped, earrings that are angular like triangles and squares will create a beautiful contrast, while round or oval-shaped earrings can soften the lines of a square or rectangular face. To add length to your face, choose longer, narrower earrings. Use shorter, wider earrings to help shorten the look of a longer face. If you have a wide forehead and a narrow chin, earrings that are heavier on the bottom will create balance. Choose earrings that are wider on the top to draw attention away from a wider chin.
The Basic Styles of Earrings
Both pierced and pierce-less earrings come in five main styles: studs, drops, dangles, chandelier and hoops. Studs consist of a small decorative embellishment attached to a post or a clip. The earring sits flush against the earlobe and may cover nearly all of it or just a small portion of it. Stud earrings can be worn for both day and night, and they create a more understated look.
Dangle earrings hang down below the earlobes and are available in many different lengths. Chandelier earrings are typically suitable for eveningwear or casual dress, while smaller dangle earrings, called drops, can be worn with virtually anything, including professional attire.
Pierced dangle earrings can either have a two-piece design with a post and a backing to secure the jewelry in place or a one-piece design with a hook or a leverback.
Hoop earrings are circles of metal that may be plain or embellished with gemstones. Available in many different sizes, hoops vary from very small, understated looks to large, dramatic designs that make bold statements. back to top »