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Guide to Choosing the Right Earring Style

While it seems that necklaces and bracelets may easily be considered optional jewelry for everyday wear, one thing is for certain--earrings are a must-have. Earrings add sparkle around the face and if chosen correctly, will flatter your face and clothing.

When purchasing earrings, a few things to consider are, of course, how they will look with the clothing in your wardrobe and how they will look on you.   Look for versatile earrings that will easily coordinate with your wardrobe and that you will wear frequently.  When selecting earring styles, choose ones  that will create balance with the shape of your face, rather than matching it.  Longer earrings,  like teardrop shaped hoops and long dangles will add the illusion of length to the face, while round drop earrings tend to make your face look shorter and rounder.

Chandelier Earrings

Chandelier earrings can vary in size, shape and length and are generally considered dressy earrings. They usually have dangling beads that provide movement, shimmer and catch the light beautifully. Crystal or gemstone chandelier earrings are a superb choice for parties and occasions adding sparkle and color!

For a more versatile chandelier option, consider choosing pearl chandelier earrings.  Pearls are easy to dress up or wear casually and flatter all skin tones.

Because chandelier earrings are usually fairly long, often falling right around the top of the neckline and shoulders, they work well with lower cut or strapless necklines.  The size and length of these earrings make them a perfect choice for those who have more round, oval or heart shaped faces.

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Drop Earrings

Drop earrings are shorter earrings, ranging in length from approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches, and may include a single crystal, pearl or gemstone, or a cluster of them. This style is perfect if you prefer simpler, more conservative earrings and are a perfect choice for daytime office wear. Although drop earrings work well with any neckline, they are an earring of choice for higher necklines. Short drop earrings will balance out a longer face perfectly. If you have a round face, and would like to wear short earrings, look for cascading style shorter earrings that have movement rather than a single round drop earring.

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Long Dangle Earrings

Long dangle earrings usually range from around 2 to 3 inches in length. Styles can vary from simple linear earrings that hang straight from the ear, to lush cascade earrings that have dozens of beads. Because they dangle and move around, they can really draw attention to the ear and neckline.

Long dangle earrings are an excellent choice for lower cut necklines and give illusion of length – a perfect balance to a rounder face.

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Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are available in an endless variety of styles, shapes and sizes  to flatter everyone.  Slightly smaller hoops are a stylish earring option for daytime and office wear.  A dressy pair of hoops are a must-have for wearing out—ones that are embellished with crystals or gemstones will catch the light beautifully!  To balance a round face, choose longer, dangling hoops or teardrop shaped hoops.

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*When purchasing larger earring styles, select lever back earring wires or earring posts rather than plain earring wires, if possible. This will ensure that the earrings will stay secure in your ears.