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How to Choose Jewellery That Flatters - a Guide

April 23, 2015 Allison Bray

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of jewellery only to be disappointed with how it looks on you? Just as different styles and colours suit different people when it comes to clothes, so it is with accessories – especially contemporary jewellery.

The right pieces can make you look radiant and feel fabulous, while the wrong ones can spoil an otherwise amazing outfit and zap your confidence.

At Monkey Puzzle Jewellery in York, we’re committed to offering the best in British contemporary jewellery while ensuring our customers buy what suits them. So here’s our guide to choosing the right jewellery for you:

Consider your skin tone

One of the easiest ways is to look at the veins in your wrist. If they’re bluish you’re likely to have a cool skin tone, whereas a more greenish hue generally means a warmer tone.

Cool tones suit metals such as silver, platinum or white gold. Good stones are white pearls and diamonds, while pinks, purples, blues, reds and magentas are great colours.

Warmer tones favour gold, pewter, brass and copper, and look better with stones that are coral, orange, yellow, green, peach and turquoise.

What’s your face-shape?

If you have a heart-shaped face, drop earrings will lengthen it. Choker-style necklaces will suit you better and can soften a sharp chin.

Those with round, square or triangular faces look great in teardrop earrings and necklaces that drop below the neckline, as these give the illusion of length.

More rectangular or oblong-shaped faces should choose shorter or round earrings along with choker or shorter necklaces to contrast with the length.

Oval faces particularly suit angular-shaped earrings, but should avoid styles that are very long, while they are lucky enough to look good in most necklaces.

Slimline or chunky?

When choosing items such as bracelets or rings, consider the shape and length of your hands and fingers. If they’re on the short, wide side and you have thick wrists, delicate styles are not for you. A chunkier design is better and can still be elegant and eye-catching.

The right piece of jewellery will add something extra to your outfit and, like the right clothes, can boost self-esteem. If you’re unsure then speak to us – we have the knowledge and experience to help you find the right piece, whether it’s a stunning steel and aluminium necklet by Step-By-Step Jewellery or a classic pearl bracelet with battered heart charm by Claudia Bradby.


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