Jewelry Dos and Don'ts

You are going to the prom, you are getting married or you are going to a special event.  After much deliberation you found the dress of your dreams.  But your dress is only half the story.  You won't look completely dressed up without jewelry.  Here are some jewelry "rules" to complete your look.

Statement Jewelry
Statement jewelry is big jewelry that speaks for itself.  As a matter of fact, it speaks so loudly that nobody can ignore it and everyone will notice it.  Now remember, only one piece of jewelry should be a real standout.  If you are wearing big earrings, forgo the necklace.  A big necklace, on the other hand, is best worn with small studs.  If it's your bracelets that are bold, wear medium-size earrings and no necklace.  After adding accessories to any outfit, always look at yourself in a full-length mirror.  If your jewelry seems cluttered, it is probably time to unload.  To make everything look unified, tone your jewelry pieces to your clothes and to each other.   For example, if you are wearing a salmon/peach dress, try iridescent gold necklace, earrings and bracelet.  Be careful when mixing metals.  It is OK to mix metals, however, use pieces that are similar in styles, tone and shine.  If you choose a two-tone necklace, then your earrings, bracelet and watch should be two tones as well with similar styles, tone and shine.  Statement jewelry that is hot for this season includes ropes of white pearls, glistening gem-rock chokers, intricate big crosses, long drop earrings, multiple bracelets, big, big hoop earrings, huge silver swirl hoop earrings that drop from the ear lob to the shoulder, man-sized silver wrist watches, and big black bangle bracelets.  In the color arena, the hottest colors for this 2004 Prom Season are plums and deep pink, teal and gray, blues, yellow greens and salmon/peach shades.

Jewelry Styles that Complement Your Facial Shape
First thing you need to know:  Jewelry draws the eye.  Use this to your advantage.  For example, to light up your face and bring attention to it use sparkling earrings.  Wear a necklace to bring attention to your neckline or bust.  Drawing attention to your face or neckline will draw attention away from figure problems.  On the other hand, if what you want is to draw attention to your figure, skip the necklace and earrings.  Your facial shape should in part dictate the style of the necklace and earrings you choose.  Whether your face is oval, rectangular, round, heart-shaped or square has a lot to do with the necklace and earring combination that will work best for you.  As a general rule, your necklace and earring shape should counteract your facial shape, not repeat it.  For example, if you have a round face you should not wear a round necklace or round earrings such as hoops. 

Round Faces
Oblong necklaces or ones that fall in a "V" shape flatter round faces.  Chokers will not generally flatter women with round faces unless they have long necks.  Women with round faces should avoid large, round earrings or anything chunky that sits on the lobe.  Dangles with elongated designs are an exceptional choice for round facial shapes.

Heart-Shaped Faces
Choose an oblong or round necklace if your facial shape is heart-shaped.  When it comes to earrings, almost any earring styles will flatter a heart-shaped facial shape except those that are wider at the top than at the bottom.   

Oval Faces
Oblong and round necklaces flatter oval faces.  Any earring goes with this facial shape: round, button or hoop earrings.  Dangles and triangles are particularly flattering.

Rectangular Faces
Oblong and round necklaces flatter rectangular faces.  Round styles and hoops are best.  Avoid earrings with straight angles and elongated styles because these will emphasize the length of the face.

Square Faces
Oblong and round necklaces flatter square faces.  Small, oval or oblong earrings and hoops are best.  Be ware of large and chunky styles that sit on the ear, they can make your face look wider.

It is also important to pay attention to the length of the necklace.  A necklace whose length hits between the collarbone and the bust flatters most figures.  Women with short necks, full busts or round faces should use oblong necklaces that hit mid-chest.  Long necklaces (necklaces that falls between the bust and waist) flatter short woman or those women with short necks or short torsos.  If you have a large bust or a protruding tummy, a long necklace will only emphasize those areas.  Instead, choose a necklace that ends above the bust.  Chokers are most flattering to women with long necks and angular faces.  Women with round and square faces should avoid chokers unless they have long necks.  Women with short waist and those with large busts should also avoid chokers.

Jewelry has an incredible power - it makes a woman shine.  For your special event, find that special combination of jewelry that complements your look, accentuates your assets, and most important makes you shine!

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