Matching Jewelry to People
by Rena Klingenberg. © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved
Have you ever noticed that a particular style of jewelry may look fabulous on one person – but not on someone else?
Here’s a style concept that may explain this phenomenon:
“Wear Items That
Repeat Your Natural Characteristics”
Note: Although this concept applies to everything you might wear (clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc.) – we’ll discuss only the jewelry aspect of it here.
According to this concept, when you wear jewelry that repeats your natural characteristics, there is a pleasing visual connection between you and the jewelry item.
So the jewelry looks like it absolutely belongs on you – and it enhances your overall appearance.
Here are some examples:
- Repeat your face shape, or the shapes of your facial features: People with an oval face shape might look best in oval jewelry shapes.Meanwhile, people with a square face shape might look best in square jewelry shapes.
And people with diagonal shapes in their facial shape or features might look best in jewelry with diagonal lines. And so on.
- Repeat your skin / hair texture:People with more textured skin and hair might look best in textured jewelry, patina pieces, rustic designs, etc.Meanwhile, people with smooth or shiny skin and hair might look best in smooth shiny metal, glass, etc.
- Repeat your natural level of contrast:People with a strong light-to-dark contrast between their hair, eyes, and skin might look best in jewelry that adds a strong light-to-dark contrast to the overall outfit.Meanwhile, people with a minimal light-to-dark contrast between their hair, eyes, and skin might look best in jewelry that adds a minimal light-to-dark contrast to the overall outfit.
- Repeat your personality:Quirky people might look and feel more natural in quirky jewelry.Bold people might look and feel more natural in bold jewelry.
And so on.
- Repeat your natural level of symmetry / asymmetry:People with very symmetrical features might look better in symmetrical jewelry.People with more asymmetrical features (like me) might look better in asymmetrical jewelry.
These are just a few examples.
There are lots of other physical and personality characteristics you could use in matching jewelry to people.
Possibilities for Jewelry Artists
Matching jewelry to people’s natural characteristics could be a helpful design tool.
It could provide insight for creating the best custom jewelry for people.
It could also make it easier to guide clients to the jewelry that will be the most flattering on them – or on the people they’re shopping for.