Top Tips for Selecting the Best Earrings for Your Face Shape

Top Tips for Selecting the Best Earrings for Your Face Shape

If you’ve ever wondered why a pair of hoop earrings or diamond studs looked fabulous on a friend but just didn’t have the same wow factor on you, you aren’t alone. Many women purchase earrings for their dazzling appearance.

That sparkle or shine captures the eye and melts the heart. But what most don’t realize is the shape of your face plays an essential role in how those gorgeous dangle earrings will look once they’re on your lobes. Our earring experts have put together the top tips for selecting earrings that best suit your face shape. 

Selecting Earrings: In Style May Not Be YOUR Style

Before you commit to purchasing those exquisite diamond stud earrings, spend a few minutes with us to find out if they are the ideal pair for you. Like the perfect outfit, there are a variety of considerations that come with selecting the right pair of earrings. The latest “in style” dangle earrings on a model may capture your heart, but in style doesn’t always mean they are YOUR style. 

How Can the Right Earrings Enhance Your Wardrobe?

John Hardy Bamboo Sterling Silver Small Hoop Earrings

Earrings can make or break any look. A stunning pair of hoop earrings can flatter your plunging neckline or distract from your evening attire. Earrings have a magical way of taking your look from under-accessorized to must-have.

Earrings should be a staple accessory in everyone woman’s jewelry box. When a pair is carefully considered, earrings can bring a lot to the table.

The perfect earrings can help:

  • add color, depth, and personality to your wardrobe
  • accentuate your neckline
  • take any look from casual to formal
  • help camouflage characteristics you wish to hide

What are the Benefits of Choosing Earrings Based on the Shape of Your Face?

When carefully selected, a pair of stud earrings or the right hoop earrings can enhance your best facial features or minimize areas of concern. For example, earrings best suited to the shape of your face can highlight your cheekbones or elongate a rounded face. By knowing a few tips and tricks to earring shopping, you can easily accentuate or minimize the features you want to focus on. 

How Do You Select Earrings by Facial Shape?

One rule of thumb while earring shopping is to choose a pair that is the opposite of the shape of your face. This simple tip can help you narrow down the dangle earrings or ideal hoop earrings that compliment your facial structure best. Once you determine the shape of your face, find out which earring styles our experts recommend.

Face shapes include:

  • oval
  • round
  • square
  • narrow
  • heart
  • diamond

Oval Face Shape Earrings

IPPOLITA Classico Sterling Silver Hammered Jet Set Earrings

If you have an oval face shape, you’ll notice your forehead is not very wide. Instead, your face may seem to narrow slightly into a rounded chin, while your beautiful high cheekbones are accentuated.  

Women with an oval face shape are the envy of many, as they can pull off almost any earring shape they please. From a bold dangle earring to large, angular hoop earrings, an oval face shape complements nearly any earring style. Your facial structure and proportions allow you incredible versatility, so take advantage and add variety to your jewelry collection!

Our earring recommendations for oval face shape:

John Hardy Bamboo Sterling Silver Small Hoop Earrings are always a favorite. They pair well with casual attire for everyday wear, whether you’re running errands or at home with the family. If you’re headed out for date night or dinner with friends, these beauties can dress up any look while complementing your oval facial shape nicely.

The IPPOLITA Classico Sterling Silver Hammered Jet Set Dangle Earrings are a must from casual to formal! Show them off with your hair pulled back, as they offer length, movement, and texture! 

Round Face Shape Earrings

If you have a round face shape, you’ll find you have a wider area at your cheekbones while your forehead and jawline are narrower. Since your face resembles a more circular shape, dangle earrings are the ideal choice.

Selecting dangle earrings or long teardrop-shaped earrings will compliment your facial structure best while elongating your face. Suppose your goal is to slim the appearance of your face or tone down your rounded cheeks, lean towards long, thin dangle earrings. Avoid round dangles or hoop earrings, as they won’t provide the illusion of length you are trying to create. 

Our earring recommendations for round faces:

If your evening out is formal, we highly recommend our Sable Collection 14K White Gold Round Diamond Bar Dangle Earrings. This stunning pair will slightly elongate the look of your round structure. We suggest a complementary plunging neckline or strapless dress to complete the look!

Square Face Shape Earrings

Sabel Collection 14K White Gold Round Diamond Bar Dangle Earrings

Square-shaped faces do not have narrow areas between the cheekbone and forehead or the cheekbone to the jawline. Typically, the width of the forehead, cheeks, and jawline will be the same.

The most flattering earrings for a square face shape will be round, whether you prefer stud earrings, dangles, or hoop earrings. Selecting hoop earrings with an oversized design pulls focus to your lobes rather than the naturally sharp angles of your square facial shape. Wearing dangle earrings with rounded edges will provide the illusion of softer facial features as well.

Our earrings recommendations for square faces: 

You can soften the angles of your square features with a pair of IPPOLITA Classico Sterling Silver Wavy Open Oval Dangle Earrings. We adore this pair for two reasons:

  1. The oval dangle earrings help elongate your face while softening the naturally square jawline.
  2. The wavy designs add additional motion and curvature to the dangle earrings, further enhancing the illusion of softer facial features.

Narrow Face Shape Earrings

If you have a narrow face shape, the width of your forehead and cheeks are less defined. Therefore, the emphasis of the narrow face shape is placed on length. Like a square-shaped face, dangle earrings help provide an illusion by defining specific facial characteristics.

Choosing shorter dangle earrings, especially a pair with volume, will instantly add more fullness to your face. Selecting dangle earrings that have elongated curves will help highlight your cheekbones, pulling focus from the length of your facial structure. 

Our earring recommendations for narrow faces:

You will love the look of Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Engraved Stud Dangle Earrings on your lobes! The gorgeous hand-made design is flattering to narrow face shapes. So whether you're running errands or out on the town, the pair provides both curvature and shorter dangle lengths ideal for your facial structure. 

Heart-Shaped Face Earrings 

IPPOLITA Classico Sterling Silver Wavy Open Oval Earrings

Do you have a heart-shaped face with a broader forehead than your cheekbones? Does your face begin to narrow below your cheekbones through to your chin? Several earring options best suit your beautifully heart-shaped face. 

Earring options that pair well with a heart-shaped face include:

  • larger stud earrings
  • earrings wider at the bottom rather than the top
  • defined teardrop dangle earrings with elongated curves

These earring designs brilliantly balance out your heart-shaped features by focusing attention on your cheekbones and jawline.    

Our earring recommendations for heart-shaped faces:

A pair of stunning 14K White Gold Cushion Emerald and Diamond Stud Earrings is perfect for an evening out. You’ll turn heads as the sparkle of your .93 cttw emeralds, and .40 cttw diamonds draw focus to your lobes.

If you prefer the perfect pair of stud earrings for everyday wear, consider any pair of beautiful gem halo stud earrings. Whether you have a favorite gemstone, prefer your birthstone, or like a classic diamond, there are many dazzling beauties to choose from.

Diamond Face Shape Earrings 

Accentuated cheekbones are a key trait of a woman with a diamond face shape. In addition, you will notice your forehead and chin are narrower. This shape may also be referred to as an inverted triangle shape.

Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Engraved Earrings with Diamonds

To help balance your naturally pointed facial features, consider selecting earrings that are wider rather than longer. Earrings designed with a combination of clean lines are also very flattering to your face shape.

If you prefer hoop earrings, choose a delicate drop rather than long earrings to soften the tapering to your pointed chin. Delicate drop dangle earrings will provide the illusion of a wider jawline, softening angles and pulling focus from the forehead.

Our earring recommendations for diamond face shape:

The Lollipop Gemstone Doublet Teardrop Dangle Earrings offer beauty as well as an illusion for any diamond face shape. The stunning combination of lapis, mother-of-pearl, and clear quartz draws the eye in, softening the focus of your facial shape. 

Why Match Your Bone Structure to Your Earrings?

Your bone structure can help determine the ideal size and weight of the earrings that complement you most. Three bone structure categories can help you determine which earrings to focus on while shopping.

3 bone structures to help you select your perfect earrings include:

  • small or fine
  • medium
  • large

Small/Fine Bone Structure Tip

Suppose you have a small or fine bone structure, select earrings that are delicate, thin, or even flat in shape and design. More oversized earrings tend to overpower petite features.

Stud earrings are always ideal, as you can choose from a variety of colored gemstones, sizes, or accents to add appeal. Besides, every jewelry collection should have a pair of classic diamond stud earrings!

Medium Bone Structure Tip

IPPOLITA Lollipop® Gemstone Doublet Teardrop Earrings in Lapis, Clear Quartz, and Mother-of-Pearl Triplet with Diamonds

To balance out medium bone structure, opt for medium-weight stud earrings. Selecting dangle earrings or hoop earrings that are medium size will also blend nicely with your bone structure.

Large Bone Structure Tip

Larger bone structures can pull off medium to large, weighted earrings, so be bold with your selections and explore various styles! You’ll be able to wear chunky statement earrings, long dangle earrings with lots of character, and dramatic hoop earrings that command attention.

Why Does Every Woman Need Stud Earrings?

You can never go wrong with a pair (or several) of stud earrings. Stud earrings are versatile, classic and can be paired with any wardrobe combination for any occasion.

Think back to any event you’ve been to, whether casual or formal, and consider if stud earrings would have paired well with your attire. We’re willing to bet a pair of sparkling diamond stud earrings would have been the ideal accessory. From daily wear to special events, you can never go wrong with choosing a timeless stud earring.

Selecting High-Quality Stud Earrings

Selecting a pair of high-quality stud earrings means knowing a bit about diamonds before you purchase. There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect pair. Most importantly, you’ll want to be familiar with the 4C’s of a diamond. 

The 4C’s of a Diamond

The 4C’s of a diamond are the standard in evaluating the overall quality of a stone. The quality of each diamond helps establish its overall value and price. Careful consideration of your budget will help you prioritize each of the 4C’s and where you'd like to place the most emphasis. Knowing how each C affects the others and the overall quality, performance, and value will help you select the stud earrings that are perfect for your collection. 

The 4C’s of a diamond include:

Sabel Collection 14K White Gold Diamond Stud Earrings with Diamond Halo
  • color
  • clarity
  • carat weight
  • cut

Selecting the Metal for Your Stud Earrings

Selecting the ideal pair of stud earrings also means careful consideration of the precious metal. While some women know precisely what metal they are drawn to or pairs well with their current accessories and wardrobe, others need some guidance.

There are three essential considerations to make when selecting the metal for your diamond stud earrings.

Considerations for your earring metal include:

  • color
  • weight
  • metal allergies 

Best tips for ears with metal sensitivities include:

Avoid yellow, white, and rose gold if you are extremely sensitive to gold or other alloy metals.

Choose platinum, as it is ideal for lobes with metal allergies because it is hypoallergenic. In addition, it reduces allergic reactions and irritation, so you can keep your lobes accessorized in comfort.

Pairing Your Earrings with Gorgeous Accessories

No matter which earrings you select, we have an array of gorgeous items to pair with your studs, dangles, or hoop earrings. Better yet, drop hints to your significant other, friends, or family for your next special occasion. If they know the style of earrings you prefer, we can help them select the perfect pendant necklace, bracelet, or ring to add to your collection!

If you're ready to purchase your next pair of earrings, we invite you to come in and see us. Our team of jewelry experts would be honored to help with all your jewelry needs and ensure you find earrings that complement the shape of your face.