How to Buy Statement Earrings

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How to Buy Statement Earrings

Statement jewellery is designed to make an impact and this holds true for statement earrings. These earrings are bold and unique, and although many people think that statement jewellery should be brightly coloured or oversized, this is not necessarily the case. Statement earrings are attractive, eye-catching pieces that stand out and this can be achieved in a variety of ways.

When shopping for statement earrings a number of factors should be considered in order to find the right pair. The earrings chosen should flatter the wearer's face shape and colouring. The type of fastener should be easy to use and sturdy enough to keep the statement earrings in place. The materials used to make the jewellery should not irritate the wearer's skin and the earrings should be comfortable to wear. Finally, a few tips on how to style these earrings allows wearers to make the statement they are aiming for. Statement earrings are available from fashion shops, department stores, jewellery shops, and online from sites like eBay.

Choose Statement Earrings That Suit the Wearer's Face Shape

One of the most important things to bear in mind when buying statement earrings is that the jewellery chosen should balance the wearer's face shape. The shape of the earrings should not match the shape of the wearer's face. For example, a woman with a round face should avoid round earrings as these make her face look rounder. Instead, she should lengthen her face with longer, dangly earrings, for example chandelier statement earrings, as these draw attention to the cheekbones and neutralise the roundness of the face by creating the illusion of length. Those with square faces often have angular, defined jaw lines. Statement earrings with round edges and curves, such as hoops, teardrops, and dangly earrings add length and soften angles.

Wearers with rectangular faces should avoid earrings that add width to the face, such as large or wide designs, and should choose studs and hoops instead. Wearers with heart-shaped faces can choose any style, except narrow earrings. Those with thin faces should avoid dangly earrings and choose statement earrings that add width and fullness to the face, such as square, circular, and triangular designs. Wearers with oval faces have the most freedom when choosing statement earrings: they can wear just about any design and should take care only when choosing earrings that extend further than the chin.

Choose Statement Earrings That Suit the Wearer's Colouring

In addition to flattering the wearer's face shape, the colour of the statement earrings should complement the face's colouring. Statement earrings come in a huge range of colours, which can be matched to the wearer's skin tone. Skin tones are divided into two broad categories: cool and warm. Those with cool skin tones usually look their best when wearing silver jewellery and tend to look good in bright greens, royal blues, pastel pinks, silver, and white. People with warm skin tones look their best when wearing gold and colours like earthy orange and brown, bronze, gold, darker reds, and ivory. Remember to take hair and eye colours into account. The earrings should accentuate the eyes without competing with them. When buying statement earrings as a gift, take note of the recipient's favourite colours and use them as a guideline.

Types of Statement Earring Fastener

Statement earrings are designed with a number of different fasteners and clasps. The table below lists the most common earring fasteners and describes each type.

Type of Earring Fastener


Post and finding

Bar fastened with metal nut

Used in stud earrings

Also known as friction back

Butterfly finding

Most common post and finding design

Also known as push back clasps

Screw back

Post and finding design

Finding screws onto threaded post


Found on clip-on earrings

Suitable for unpierced ears

Stays in place with pressure


Hinged post that snaps into a groove on the back of the earring

Often found on hoops


Long, bent post that hooks through piercing

Not as secure as other styles

Lever back

Hinged lever closes against a curved post to form a secure loop

Omega or French

Straight post and looped lever

Lever closes around a post and secures earring with pressure

The fastener should be easy to use, but secure. Some fasteners are more secure than others, making it more difficult to lose an earring halfway through a night out. Although hook fasteners are not as secure as other types, they tend to offer better weight distribution on large chandelier or drop earrings, decreasing the amount of pressure on the piercing.

Materials for Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are available in a wide selection of materials, including metal, beads, feathers, plastic, precious and semi-precious stones, crystal, and wood. The material chosen depends entirely on the look desired. Crystal, glass, and stones sparkle and add an element of glamour. Wood creates a more earthy look and metal can be worn for a contemporary effect.

The materials used in the post, backing, or any other part of the earring that is in direct contact with the skin should not irritate the wearer. Some people are sensitive to low quality materials and experience swelling, infection, or redness when wearing earrings that contain these materials, for example, nickel. Stainless steel, titanium, and 14 and 18 carat gold are best for those with sensitive skin. Surgical grade alloys, stainless steel, titanium, and platinum are hypoallergenic and do not cause skin irritation.

Choose Comfortable Statement Earrings

As some statement earrings are quite large, ensure that they are comfortable. They should not be heavy enough to stretch the wearer's piercings, or if clip-on earrings are chosen, the clips should not be uncomfortably tight. Some wearers may find dangly or chandelier earrings that fall to the shoulders distracting. While statement earrings are intended to be different, if buying them as a gift, try to keep to styles that the wearer would choose.

How to Wear Statement Earrings

Statement earrings look their best when they are worn on their own, with no additional jewellery. This allows them to stand out and make the statement that the wearer intends to make. Additionally, they should not compete with the wearer's top. In general, wear statement jewellery with plain outfits for the strongest impact.

Buying Statement Earrings on eBay

Buying statement earrings on eBay is easy if you know how to search and how to evaluate items and sellers. To search, simply type a phrase, such as "drop statement earrings", into the search field, which can be found on every page, to see the listings available. Choose the most appropriate item features to refine your search. If you want more control over your search, use the advanced search feature.

Evaluating the Item and the Seller

Once you find earrings that you like, click on an individual item to view the item listing page. Here you can find all of the information that you need about the item and the seller's terms and conditions of sale. This includes the full item description, buying options, payment methods, postage and packaging costs, and the seller's feedback information. If you have any questions about a listing, use the "Ask a question" link to contact the seller.

eBay's seller feedback feature allows you to see what other buyers have to say about a specific seller's products and customer service. Detailed seller ratings provide additional information about aspects such as the accuracy of the item description in the listing and the reasonableness of postage and packaging costs. Click on the number next to the seller's username to access this information.


Statement earrings stand out and are available in a variety of bold, attractive designs that catch the eye. When buying these accessories, it is essential to choose earrings that balance and flatter the wearer's face shape. This does not mean that the earrings should mimic the shape of the wearer's face. Instead, they should be used to complement the features. For example, wearers with round faces should avoid round earrings and instead choose longer, dangly designs that add the illusion of length to their faces. While statement earrings are often available in bright colours, the colour chosen should match the wearer's skin tone and colouring. The easiest way to choose the right colour is to observe which colours suit the wearer best.

Choose a practical fastener that sits comfortably and does not stretch the piercings or pinch the earlobe. The statement earring material chosen should be appropriate to the look that the wearer is trying to create. Backings and posts should be made of high quality materials, such as surgical grade alloys, stainless steel, or titanium, to avoid skin irritation. Whatever their size and shape, the earrings should be comfortable and should not irritate the wearer or cause constant fiddling that can detract from a stylish look. Be mindful of over accessorising when wearing statement earrings and consider wearing them with plain, simple outfits. A wide selection of statement earrings are available from a number of eBay sellers.

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