Bridal Earrings. More tips & advise from Rachel Howard

I previously wrote an article with useful tips to consider when purchasing your bridal earrings, or any earrings online.  The blog post provides useful tips on interpreting web-site description information, assuring you purchase the length earring you want, and hopefully helps to eliminate surprises when you receive your purchase.  As the stylist at Perfect Details I receive a lot of questions & concerns customers have with purchasing earrings online.  Today I’m going to share the most common concerns I receive and how to best solve them.  I will also cover the best shape and style earrings for different face shapes.

STRETCHED OUT EAR LOBES AND PIERCINGS

I’m not referring to ear lobes that have been purposely stretched to accomodate plugs etc… Just ear lobes or hole piercings that have stretched from wearing heavy earrings, or were the unfortunate victim of an earring accident that tore the ear lobe or did other damage.

The most common solution is to wear light weight earrings that won’t pull.  For weddings or grand occasions when you want something spectacular, this presents more of a challenge.  The most common solution is to wear clip on earrings that cover the entire ear lobe, or wear a large post that is light weight, has a good supportive back.  However, glam does call out for larger, dangling earrings & chandelier earrings.  Fortunately, a lot of the bridal earrings we carry are handmade on filigree bases, versus a solid metal back. A filigree back makes the earring surprisingly light weight.  Combine these light weight danglers with a large post that covers the ear lobe for another possible solution.

earrings with large posts for problem ears
Large Studs, Pearl Drops & Bridal Chandelier earrings with a large post. Many pierced styles can also be special ordered as clip earrings.
Large Studs, Pearl Drops or Bridal Chandelier earrings Perfect Details offers a variety of clip0n earring styles. Many pierced styles can also be special ordered as clip earrings.
Large Studs, Pearl Drops & Bridal Chandelier earrings with clip-on backs. Perfect Details offers a variety of clip-on earring styles.

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Crystal drop bridal earrings and chandelier earrings from Erin Cole, Paris by Debra Moreland & Cheryl King couture offer large posts supporting intricate drops that cover oversized lobes or ear injuries and can be ordered pierced or with clips.
Crystal drop bridal earrings and chandelier earrings from Erin Cole Bride, Paris by Debra Moreland & Cheryl King Couture offer large posts supporting intricate drops that cover oversized lobes or ear injuries and can be ordered pierced or with clips. The key is to make sure the pin in the post is located at the center of the post.

EARRING SHAPE:  WHICH STYLE IS BEST FOR MY FACE SHAPE

 

You can always wear whatever earrings you like and that you feel fabulous wearing.  However, there are certainly earring designs that work better with certain face shapes than others.  If you have an oval shaped face you can pretty much wear any earring style you want.  For other shaped faces, I have put together some examples and quick tips for you to keep in mind when selecting earrings.

THE ROUND SHAPED FACE:

The goal is to lengthen then face.  Long dangle and drop earring styles, especially narrower styles work best.  Avoid hoop and round designs, especially round studs.

Bridal earrings & evening earrings we love for a rounder face. Left to right: Ben-Amun, #2 and 3 Haute Bride, #4 Erin and bottom 2 are by Cheryl King Couture.

THE SQUARE SHAPED FACE:

The goal is to lengthen and soften the angles of the face.  Medium to long length earrings are best.  Look for styles that are round or angular.

Bridal earrings & evening earrings that lengthen the face and are shaped completely different than a square. From Left to right: bridal earrings from left to right: #1 Haute Bride, #2 & 4 Erin Cole, #3 & 6 Cheryl King Couture.

THE HEART SHAPED FACE:

The goal is to balance the triangular shape of the face.  Earrings that are wider at the bottom than the top, have a curved shape or triangular shape flatter the face the best.

Designer bridal earrings that are wider at the base.  Row 1 Cheryl King Couture, row 2 Erin Cole Bride, last row Haute Bride & Paris by Debra Moreland.

THE LONG NARROW FACE:

The goal is to widen the face and add volume.  Large posts, as shown above as well as short bulky drops.

Large studs, short drop earrings and those that add volume and width work best. From left to right: earrings #1, 3 and 6 by Cheryl King Couture, #2 by Sara Gabriel, #4 by Haute Bride and #5 Paris by Debra Moreland.

THE DIAMOND SHAPE FACE:

The goal is to balance the angles of the face.  Delicate drops, shorter earrings, designs with more width than length, and chandelier earrings that are wider at the base.  Avoid earring shapes that duplicate the shape of the face and that are wider at the top or middle.

Shorter drops with more width than length work best. Bridal earrings from left to right: #1 & 5 Paris by Debra Moreland, #2 & 3 by Erin Cole Bride, #4 by Cheryl King Couture and #6 by Ben-Amun.

Also, two great articles that will definitely help you as well:

  1. Shopping for Earrings Based on your Face Shape by Holly Yashi
  2. The Right Earrings for Your Face Shape by Achel Painter

EARRING LENGTH:  HOW DO I KNOW IT WILL LOOK GOOD ON ME?

Generally speaking, earring length is more about attitude than physical restrictions.  However, that being said, not all of us are blessed with a long neck that can accommodate any earring length.  A 2″ length earring, adds enough length and glamour and is a safe bet for most people.  My previous article addressed determining and selecting earring length, so I am going to repeat that advise here:

“Most websites will include the length of the earring and the width at the widest point in their description of the item, as well as the approximate length the earrings will hang at.  At Perfect Details we painstakingly measure each earring and include the dimensions in the description underneath the picture.  It is critical to locate this information on any website.  Once you know the dimensions of the earrings you are considering you can start the decision making process.

  1. Select earrings from your jewelry box of different lengths, choosing ones that are similar in length to what you want in a bridal earring or any earring you are shopping for.
  2. Measure the length and width of the earrings.
  3. Line up the earrings by length so that you can reference the lengths while shopping.
  4. Now when you read the description you’ll have a physical earring next to you to reference for size.

This process should help eliminate surprises when you receive your package, at least in regards to how small or large the earrings actually are.  It may also save you a trip to UPS or the post office.”

Hope you have found these tips useful.  Let us know what you think or if you have any suggestions in helping on-line shoppers getting their earring purchase right the first time.

And of course, I have to share my favorite earrings that I wear all the time from Perfect Details.

Some of my daily ear candy from Perfect Details.  #1 & 2 are by La Vie Parisienne, #3 by Patricia Locke and #4 by Rook & Crow.