Take a woman's age and body type into account when helping her find the right necklace. Something just didn't look right in the photograph of my good friend. Everything was in focus, her smile was wonderful, but something was wrong. Her necklace threw me off – it didn't frame her face correctly.

Choosing the right chain or necklace isn't hard. Several factors steer this decision, including age, body shape and body composition.

Gauge by Age: Generally speaking, a woman's age plays a distinct role in determining the length of the necklace she should choose. Younger women with youthful skin should wear necklaces closer to the throat to show off their smooth skin. The gauge or thickness of the necklace should be narrow. Smaller pearls show best on youthful necklines. Pendants and charms should be on the small side too. Younger women who wear bigger, wider and flashier necklaces can look like they're trying to play "dress up" with their mother's jewelry.

Older women will want longer chains and necklaces to draw attention away from the neck and any apparent imperfections. Eighteen to 24 inches is a good general length. Gemstones or pendants should be two or more inches below the neckline. The longer necklace "elongates" the neck and frames the hair and face, creating an overall pleasing look. These women can wear bigger and wider chains and necklaces. Pearls and beads should be in excess of 7mm. Keeping size proportional, charms and pendants should be larger too.

Composition Class: After considering age, overall body composition, especially of the neck and the face, is important in choosing the right necklace. Most of the time, I follow these guidelines:

Short neck: Wear chains starting two inches below the collarbone.

Heavy or thick neck: Wear larger chains and necklaces, especially graduated and 18 inches and longer.

Long thin neck: Have this customer try a triple strand of pearls, with the shortest strand hugging the base of the throat. The pearls should taper up with the curve of the throat. Avoid V-shaped chains. Softer, rounder necklaces are good, such as an 8mm-10mm omega.

Bony neck: Medium to large necklaces. Avoid the base of the neck, the necklace should fall at least one inch below the collarbone.

Soft, contoured, fleshy neck: Show this customer a "hard" necklace. Segmented is good, and it should be close to the base of the neck. Try making a statement with an angular pendant.

Wide-based neck: Use flexible chains that drape well. Be sure the center is at least one inch below the collar bone. This customer is a good candidate for a longer chain. A 24-30-in. necklace helps negate the wideness at the base of her neck. A

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Pearl Necklace Buying Guide: A pearl necklace adds style to anything she wears. To own a pearl necklace is every woman's desire. When looking for a pearl necklace there are many lengths of pearl necklaces: collar, choker, princess, matinee, opera and rope. Collar pearl necklace are 10 to 13 inches in length and good for casual wear. The 14-16 inch choker is an incomparable classic, and probably the most versatile of all pearl lengths. At 18-20 inches, the princess-length pearl necklace makes a perfect chain for a pendant or pearl enhancer. Matinee pearl necklace are 20 to 24 inches and is great with a business suit or a dress. Opera pearl necklace are 28 to 34 inches and are perfect for for a dress-up occasion.

Like the "four Cs" of diamond quality, shopping for pearl necklaces involves paying attention to a few important elements. It is not easy to differentiate between natural pearls and high end cultured pearl with a naked eye. Pearls are believed to be composed of 84% calcium carbonate and 14% organic binder and about 2% water. The usual color of a pearl is white or cream but is also available in pink, grey and black.

Choose a pearl necklace, which will match her lifestyle and personality. Choosing a right pearl necklace depends on many factors including age, skin color and occasion. When buying pearl necklace it's a good idea to base your choice of color on skin tone. A young woman wears a pearl necklace it leaves an impression of style, beauty and innocence. An elderly woman wears a pearl necklace it gives an impression of poise, dignity and sophistication.

When buying pearl necklace it's a good idea to base your choice of color on the skin tone of the person they are intended for. In general, pink pearls look best on fairer skin tones, while yellow or golden pearls look best on darker skin tones. An elegant pearl necklace is a great gift idea for special days like marriages, anniversaries, birthdays, valentines, mother's day etc. When buying a pearl necklace, there are a few things to keep in mind including surface, color, size, luster, and shape. The pearl necklace is strung in many fashions. The center pearl being bigger and the remaining tapering down the size, is a style in fashion too. The pearl could be bigger or smaller depending on the design, if you prefer big sized pearls then one strand pearl necklace would look beautiful. Browse our collection of elegant pearl necklaces.

From the chin to the starting of the hair is a tenth part of the figure.

From the junction of the palm of the hand as far as tip of the middle finger a tenth part.

From the chin to the top of the head an eight part.

And from the pit of the stomach to the top of the chest is a sixth part.

And from the fork of the ribs as far as the top of the head a fourth part.

And from chin to the nostrils is a third part of the face.

And the same from the nostrils to the eyebrows, and from the eyebrows to the starting of the hair.

And the foot is a sixth part, and the forearm to elbow a fourth part. The breath across the shoulders a fourth part.

There is a great distance between the commencement of the one ear and that of the other as there is from the space between the eyebrows to chin.

The size of the mouth in a well proportioned face is equal to the distance between the parting of the lips and the bottom of the chin.

The cut or angle of the lower lip is midway between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin.

The face in itself forms a square, of which the breadth is from one extremity of the eyes to the other, and the height is from the top of the nose to the bottom of the lower lip, and what is left over above and below square has the height of a similar square.

The ear is precisely as long as the nose.

The slit of the mouth when seen in profile points to the angle of the jaw.

The length of the ear should equal the distance from the bottom of the nose to the top of eyelid.

The space between the eyes is equal to the size of one eye.

In profile the ear is above the middle of the neck.

The foot from the toe to the heel goes twice into the space from the heel to the knee, that is to say where the bone of the leg is joined to that of the thigh.

The hand as far as where it unites with the bone of the arm goes four times into the space from the tip of the longest finger to the joint of the shoulder.

Every man in the third year is half his height.

The leg as far as its junction with the thigh is a quarter of the whole weight of the man.

The man draws more weight downwards than upwards, first because he gives more of his weight out of his central line, then because he passes all his foot from the central line; and thirdly he does not slip on his feet.

The thickness of the neck goes one and three quarter times from the eyebrow to the nape of the neck.

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