These 4 handy rules show you how to choose a necklace to suit your features when shopping for yourself, or how to pick a perfectgift pendant for someone else.
1. Necklaces for Oval Face Shapes
Oval faces have a high forehead and are longer than they’re wide. The forehead is rounded at the hairline and is around the same width as the cheekbones. If you have an oval face, you’re very lucky because you can wear any length and style of necklace!
What necklace is best? If you want to make an impact, necklaces with oval or teardrop designs that mimic the shape of your features will look beautiful on you. On the other hand, geometric pendants will offer a chic contrast to your curved features.
Celebrities with oval faces: Rihanna, Julia Roberts, Sandra Oh
2. Necklaces for Round Face Shape
Round faces, as the name suggests, are soft, curved and round. They’re widest across the cheekbones and narrow only slightly towards the jawline and at the forehead.
What necklace is best? For flattering results, pick a necklace that helps lengthen your features to get flattering results. Avoid short, chunky collars and chokers, because they’ll make your face look wider. The most flattering necklace that you can wear is a long pendant that drops below your collarbone, creating a “V” across your decolletage. Opposites attract, so also consider square and rectangular geometric shapes that provide contrast to your features.
Celebrities with round faces: Charlotte Church, Ginnifer Goodwin, Oprah Winfrey
3. Necklaces for Square Face Shape
Square faces are characterised by angular cheekbones and a strong jawline. They do not narrow much from the cheeks towards the forehead. The chin can be sharp or wide, but the overall face shape will remind you of a square or a rectangle.
What necklace is best? If you have a square face shape, choose a necklace that helps soften your appearance. Avoid harsh, geometric designs and instead, pick curves or circles to soften your face. Long, vertical necklaces with eye-catching focal components like tassles are another good option for you.
Celebrities with square faces: Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu
4. Necklaces for Heart Shaped Faces
Heart-shaped faces have a pointed chin and a forehead that’s wider than the cheekbones. Your features may be soft or angular, but the overall shape of your face is like an inverted triangle.
What necklace is best? Avoid long, plunging necklaces that create a “V”, because they will emphasise the point of your chin too much. Instead, choose short necklaces with curves or round shapes to create fullness around your neck and balance the width of your forehead. Horizontal motifs and layered necklaces are also a fantastic choice for heart-shaped faces. If you’re keen on pendants, choose ones with an adjustable chain that allows you to wear a shorter length as close to your neck as possible.
Celebrities with square faces: Naomi Campbell, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon
*BONUS TIP! Anyone can wear a diamond solitaire!*
Perhaps you’re not sure about your face shape? Or maybe you need a gift that suits any person? In that case, you can’t go wrong with a diamond solitaire pendant. A single, dainty diamond provides a classic, luxurious look that is understated and adaptable – and suits absolutely anyone.