Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Consider Your: Skin Tone When Choosing Jewelry

The first step in determining your skin tone is to flip over your hand and examine your wrist right where you dab your perfume. What color are your veins? Do they appear bluish in color or are they more green?

Bluish colored veins are a sign that you have Cool Skin Tone.
To be even more sure use this checklist do you sunburn very easily, notice pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror? You have a Cool Skin Tone.
Most people with this skin tone will have light-blue, blue-green, gray-green, and gray-blue eye color. Skin tones usually range from very fair to moderately fair.

Cool skin tones do well with silver, platinum, and white gold. Diamonds really are a girl with cool skin tone's best friend. Another good choice is white pearls. Gems and painted Jewelry should focus on jewel tones such as pinks, purples, rich blues, greens, and magentas.

Greenish veins are a sign that you are someone with a Warmer Skin Tone. Your checklist to be sure includes the fact that you tan easily, have a high threshold for sun exposure, you notice a yellow or golden-apricot undertone to your face when looking in the mirror.
Typically these people have green, hazel, dark brown, and amber colored eyes. Skin tone usually range from medium to olive brown/dark.

Warm skin tones are better off with gold, pewter, brass, and copper. Warm skin tones favor stones look great with corral colored Jewelry or golden pearls. Gems and painted Jewelry should focus on earth tones such as browns, oranges, brownish- greens, yellows, and yellowish-greens.

However you have to choose something that you love and will feel happy wearing. Don't choose something just because it is more appropriate for your skin tone or face shape or body style if you will never wear it. You want to pick things that you want to show off and have fun wearing.

Felissa Elfenbein
Stella & Dot Independant Stylist
Miami, Florida

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Consider Your Face Shape when Choosing Earrings & Necklaces

The fact that Earrings are worn so close to the face to produce the best possible style for you they should complement your overall face shape. Of course it is also important to think about your skin tone, the season, what you are wearing, as well as the look you are trying to achieve.

Lets start with a round face shape. If this is you it is best to go for lean, long and angular curved lines. This will help to elongate and add a little angle to your face. You can wear drop earrings in dangles, ovals and oblongs shapes. Another good choice for you is to go with square and rectangular along with angular earring styles. Styles you should avoid include small studs which will get lost on your face hoops which will make your face look even more round and chunky large earrings.

Necklaces: You want to go with a style that will elongate your face, necklaces that extend below the neckline (28" to 32") are a great choose for you in order to add definition to your face.

If you have a diamond shaped face you should wear short and wide style earrings. A straight line and curves combination will work well for you. Studs are a great fall back for you as well as small small drop shaped earrings. Styles you should avoid include long and thin earring style.

Necklaces: chokers help contrast and soften the sharp angle of the chin.

Women with square shaped faces should choose styles with a round and angular edge to help soften your face so it doesn't appear as harsh. As long as you avoid hard angles and square shapes, you can wear just about any style you desire. To add roundness to your face go for hoops and curved edges, and drop long tear drops, or multi-tiered dangling styles will give your face some length.

Necklaces: You want to look for a style that will elongate your face, something that will extend below the neckline (28" to 32").

Are you lucky and were born with a classic oval shaped face? You can work with almost any style to create the overall look you desire. Try different shapes and styles and decide which you like the best. You can wear soft shapes like studs, ovals and teardrops. A fun cute look for you would be to choose a spiraled dangl-y pair. Hair style also plays a role in which style and stone will look best on you. Women with oval faces and short hair can wear pearl, diamond, or gemstone studs. Style to avoid any incredibly long and thin shapes this will just pull you down and make you look tired and worn out.

Necklaces: can be either long or short. If you have a long neck, than chose a shorter necklace.

Have a triangular face you need a style that will soften your sharp angles. Large oval or small circular earrings will work well for you. Choose styles with curves at the bottom this will help soften your face. Style to avoid anything that come to a point.

Necklaces: You want to choose a style that elongates your face, something that will extend below the neckline (28" to 32").

With a long and or thin face the style that best suits you is the simple studs and elegant chandelier styles. Any three dimensional style will add roundness to your face. Another style to choose would be circular, triangular with the point facing the top and square. Styles to avoid flat and dangling earrings.

Necklaces: Your best bet is a choker, especially if you also have a long neck this will help soften your overall appearance.

Heart shaped face should go with styles that are wider at the bottom this includes tear drops, elegant chandeliers, as well as triangle shapes that begin with a point. You can even choose circular and oval styles which will work with your face shape however be care to choose ones that do not taper off as they reach the bottom. An interesting style choose for you would be pyramid. Styles to avoid anything that is heart shaped or very short.

I hope this guide helps you choose a pair of earrings that will really make you happy. Not every style is for everyone choose what will look good on you and don't worry about what the next person is looking at. If you are at a jewelry party experiment with looks you have never tried before. Take pictures so you can see just what works and what doesn't. This personal shopping experience is about you. Make the most of it.

Felissa Elfenbein
Stella & Dot Independent Stylist
Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida

A Few Jewelry Terms to Familiarize yourself with

Gold Plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, most often copper or silver by chemical or electrochemical means.

Silver Plating is a methid of depositing a thin layer of silver onto the surface of another metal.

Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal , glass or ceramic. The ancient art of enamel has been around since 13th Century BC. A liquid coating made of pulverized glass is brushed then fused to metal. Quality enamel like that used by Stella & Dot is always hand painted and then baked in a very hot oven to set. Lustrous, brilliant, and extremely durable, our enamel is built to last. Check out the Kelly Cuffs, Kelly Necklace, Happy Flower Necklace, Bloom Flower Rings, Garden Party Necklace and Earrings.

Enamel Paint is a paint that air dries to a hard, usually glossy, finish.

14k Gold is a measure of the purity of gold alloys with 24 carat or karat being the most pure.

Embroidery is the art of hand decorating fabrics and other materials with needle and thread. Embroidery sometimes incorporate other materials such as metal beads, pearls, glass beads, and glittery sequins. Stella & Dot uses the same factory that Jason Wu who designed Michelle Obama's Inagural Ball Dress uses.

Felissa Elfenbein Miami, Florida
Stella & Dot Indepedent Stylist
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