Ask the Adornologist – Choosing Jewelry for Your Body Structure

Just like you select clothes carefully to suit your body type, it is essential to take your height, weight, and bone structure into consideration when buying jewelry. Every individual has a very specific body type that works best with certain styles of jewelry.

A very good rule of thumb is to wear jewelry in proportion with your physical size. Larger jewelry generally looks best on larger women, while smaller jewelry tends to fit petite women best.  There are three indicators of your body scale:  (1) bone structure as seen at the wrists and ankles, (2) the size of your facial features, and (3) the amount of space your body appears to occupy.


Taller women with longer necks look great in dangle earrings or any type of elongated earring style. They can also get away with wearing larger earrings.

On the other hand, petite women can look overwhelmed if the earrings they’re wearing are too large.  Smaller faces and those who are petite will look best with smaller-sized jewelry.

This rule of thumb tends to hold true, unless the woman’s personality type matches that of the jewelry, as in a loud personality on a tiny woman. Whatever you choose, let your jewelry bring out the best in you!


When buying rings, the choices are diverse and may be overwhelming.  The variety ranges from large chunky rings to simple plain bands.  The length and size of your fingers plays an important role in deciding what will look best on you.

If you have long fingers, almost any style will look terrific on you. Go with oval or round settings to soften the look of your fingers. Wider bands are also great, for long slender fingers.

On the other hand, if you have thick fingers, huge over sized rings will look fantastic on you! And for hands with shorter fingers, choose a style in which the setting stays within the first knuckle. Oval or marquise shape stones add length to your fingers, while round solitaire settings are simple and classic.

In choosing your jewelry, remember that jewelry pieces are like picture frames.  They draw attention to whatever it is framing. Rings, bracelets and watches bring focus to beautiful and expressive hands. Neck jewelry like chains, pendants, chokers, and necklaces draw the eye to the chest, neck and even the waist. Dangling earrings or earrings with sparkling gemstones call attention to the face.

Wearing the right jewelry can help you emphasize your best features while drawing attention away from areas you may wish to keep low-profile. So use jewelry to your advantage.


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