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How to choose the perfect earrings for your face shape

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…

Earrings for a round face

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 (see image below) which draw the eye down the face towards the neck. These are definitely statement earrings, but because they’re made from square section recycled silver wire, despite their size they’re really light and comfortable to wear.

Above: Gold Large Teardrop Earrings from Elin Horgan Jewellery

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.

Earrings for a 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 Gold Twisted Midi Hoop Earrings or the Parallel hoop earrings (see image below) both of which are a great everyday option and come in gold plate or a polished silver finish.

Above: Silver Parallel Hoop Earrings from Elin Horgan Jewellery

Another take on a silver hoop are the Wave Hoop Earrings by Heather Woof. This design is the absolute essence of beautiful simplicity and would work just as well for day or evening wear

For something slightly more impactful then try the Gold Selene Large Hoop Earrings which have an unusual concentric circle design, or the Large Luna Hoops which come with a little detachable charm so that you can wear them as a plain pair too.

Earrings for an oval face

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 Silver Juno Medium Circle Earrings (see image below) which are beautfully eyecatching, but super wearable.

Above: Silver Juno Medium Circle Earrings from Elin Horgan Jewellery

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 you're after a daintier look then what about the Triangle Stud Earrings or the Small Luna Hoop Earrings which come in 100% recycled Ecosilver and gold plated silver?

Earrings for a heart/inverted triangle shaped 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 Gold Opis Semi Circle Studs (see image below), 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)

Above: Gold Opis Semi Circle Stud Earrings from Elin Horgan Jewellery

For something a little bigger than these dainty styles, the Small Teardrop Earrings or the Triangle/rectangle Earrings will both flatter by balancing out the space next to your jaw.

Elin Horgan designs and creates handmade jewellery in her Bristol studio. Elin’s beautifully simple handmade jewellery is carefully crafted and designed to be worn every day. You can read more about Elin’s work and the ethos behind her understated jewellery brand on her About Elin Horgan Jewellery page.

If you’d like to enquire about a specific product or discuss a custom piece of jewellery, please have a look at the Bespoke Handmade Jewellery page or email


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