Buying jewellery online can be a challenge, not least because you can’t try in on to figure out what suits you best. However, narrowing down your options by selecting pieces that most flatter your face shape can be a useful way of ensuring success.
If you’re struggling to know which style of earrings will work for you then read on for some handy tips on how to choose the right pair…
If the length and width of your face are broadly the same and your hairline and jawline are subtly rounded then you have a round face.
To add the illusion of length, try picking earrings that have a long drop like the Large Teardrop Earrings or the Apollo Earrings, (see image below) both of which draw the eye down the face towards the neck. These are definitely both statement pieces, but because they’re made from square section Ecosilver wire, despite their size they’re really light and comfortable to wear.
The Icarus Large Sun Drop Earrings by Cara Tonkin have a beautiful cascading design which also lengthens the face and the subtle shimmering finish would look amazing with a simple black dress for evening wear.
I also love the Statement Elongated Drop Earrings and the Double Slatted Earrings from Lucy Thompson Jewellery which are the perfect mix of a minimalist aesthetic with a gorgeously rich texture that catches the light when they're worn.
Square or rectangle face
If you have a strong jawline and a hairline that goes straight across your forehead then you’re probably a square or rectangle face shape. A simple hoop style can work really well to soften the angles of your face.
I adore these textured Emerge Hoops from Diana Porter which remind me of barnacles clinging to a rock or if you would like a plainer option then what about the Parallel hoop earrings (see image below) which are a great everyday option and come in gold plate or a polished silver finish.
For something slightly more impactful then try the Callisto Hoops, a punky twist on a classic design, or the Large Luna Hoops which have a little detachable charm so that you can wear them as a plain pair too.
If your face is longer than it is wide (with the cheeks as the widest part), then you have an oval face. Most styles will suit you well, but to balance out the length of your face, try opting for a round earrings such as the Single Orbit Hoops (see image below) or, if you’re feeling bold, the Double Orbit Hoops.
I also really like the Astrid Flat Hoop Earrings from Roake Studio which are handmade from brass and silver and have a subtle brushed matt finish. These Open Hoop Stud Earrings available from Etsy are an unusual design and would also work well for an oval face.
If your forehead is wider than your jawline and your face tapers down to a narrow point, you are a heart or inverted triangle shape (Reece Witherspoon is the classic heart shape)
Simple stud earrings such as the Mini Meteorite Studs and the Mini Orbit Hoops are a fantastic choice for everyday wear. Or, if you're a lover of gemstones then try Kate Wood's Labradorite and Rose Gold Studs (which also come in Emerald, Sapphire and Tanzanite versions)
Elin Horgan is a designer & maker of beautifully simple handmade jewellery, crafted from sustainable materials in her Bristol studio.