Faces and Shapes

The purpose of jewelry is to accentuate your beauty and augment your outfit. Whether jewelry is an enhancement to an outfit or the focal point, the shape of your face has a dramatic impact on the visual perception of the piece.

Below are helpful guides in not only helping you determine the shape of your face and the earring type and necklace length that enhance the individual beauty of the shape of your face.

How to Determine Your Face Shape

Determining your face shape is the first step in determing the best style and length of jewelry that will look best on you.

To determine your face shape, you will have take these four measurements across your face. Stand in front of a good mirror and take these four measurements on your face, noting down all four of them.

Top of Your Cheekbone: Rest the tape on the top of your cheekbones, just past the outer corner of your eye. Take the tape to the same point on the other side of your face in a straight line across the bridge of your nose.

Jawline: Put the tape on the jawline of your face near the base of your ear. Run the tape along your jawline up to middle of your chin. This is half your jawline length. Multiple the measurement by two to get your jawline length.

Forehead: Place one end of the tape on one side of the forehead at the widest point halfway between your eyebrow and the hairline. Run the tape in a straight line to the same point on the opposite side of the face.

Face Length: Starting at the middle of your hairline, run the measuring tape down your face, over your nose, to the tip of your chin.

Now let’s determine the shape of your face

Oval Face Shape: If the length of your face (measurement 4) equals one and a half times the width (measurement 1) you have an oval face.

Round Face Shape: If the length of your face is approximately equal to the width of your face, you have a round face.

Long Face Shape: You have an long face if your face is longer than it is wide. The difference between this face shape and oval face shape is that an long face has more length and less width. The forehead, jaw line, and cheekbone are approximately equal in width.

Heart Face Shape: If your forehead and cheekbones are wider and your jawline is narrow you have a heart-shaped face.

Square Face Shape: If the width of your face is as much as its length but your face has a more angular shape than a round face, then you have a square face.

Triangular Face Shape: Also known as the reverse of heart face shape, this face shape has prominent jaw line and narrow cheekbones and temple.

Diamond Face Shape: This face shape has a narrow forehead and a narrow chin, that are about the same width. The cheekbones are the widest point of the face, and the chin is often set high and pointy. But it's the hairline that is the telltale sign—on this face shape, it's more narrow than on any of the other types.

Earring styles that work best with your face shape

The right necklace length for your face shape

Necklaces quite literally frame your face. Varying necklace lengths will affect how wide, narrow, long, short, angular or round your face appears. Thus, you can use your necklace length as a powerful tool to accentuate your strongest facial features.

Here are some guidelines for necklace length based on face shape:

The above are guidelines only.

Designs by RK believes there is only one rule to follow when choosing the right style of jewelry - If it makes you feel beautiful than wear it.

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