Tuesday, July 29, 2014

White and More White!

The color white represents cleanliness (think a chef’s uniform), innocence (a baby lamb), purity (a bride’s gown), neutrality, lightness, and exactitude.  In ancient times it was one of the first colors used by Paleolithic artists and was made from calcite or chalk and used as a background or as a highlight.  In ancient Egypt, white was associated with the goddess Isis. Also priests and priestesses of Isis wore white linen in ceremonies and the dead were wrapped in white cloth. 

In ancient Greece and other nations white was associated with mother’s milk and was written about in mythological stories.  In the Muslim holy book, the Talmud, milk is one of the four sacred substances along with wine, honey and the rose.  In politics, in ancient Rome, if a man wanted to hold public office, he wore a white toga brightened with chalk called a toga candida (origin for the word candidate).  A white toga was also worn for ceremonial occasions by all Roman citizens, over the age of fourteen. And magistrates and certain priests wore white togas but with a broad purple stripe.   Once Augustus became emperor, the white toga became mandatory to wear in order to enter the Roman forum.

White also became the color worn by priests during the mass and was worn by monks of the Cistercian order and under Pope Pius, a former monk of the Dominican Order. White would become the color he wore as Pope and has been continued to be the official color worn by popes since.  The color white has other religions associations too. The white elephant is considered sacred in Asian cultures and in Buddhism is associated with the birth of the Buddha.  Also Native American of the Great Plains considered the white buffalo sacred and represented fertility and the gods of the earth.   While also has a negative connotation in some Asian cultures as being a symbol of death just as it was with the Ancient Egyptian who considered black to be the color of life and presented the mud covered fertile lands created whenever the Nile flooded.  

Today much of the same associations white had in the past are still present today.  A majority of brides still wear white gowns and in design of a home white is used to show cleanliness, neatness, and lightness, and white is considered a calming color. In fashion white is used extensively often paired with other colors especially black. My favorite use of white has been in clip on earrings!
It has been used elegantly by various designers and non-designers on the cliptomania.com website including:

Sadie Green Clip on Earrings #2 (Opal top right)

The flow of white pearls in these Jan Michael’s designed Ovalicious Genuine Pearl Clip-on Drop 

These gorgeous Michal Golan’s!

The simple Nickle Free Colored Hoops that have a white option: 
And these Crystal Colored Non-pierced Dome Earrings

In all including the above examples, there are dozens of clip on earrings with white alone or with another color on the website! And if white is not the only color you like, there are countless other colors amongst the 500+ styles of non-pierced earrings you can see whhen you visit the top site for clip on earrings, cliptomania.com!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Facial Shapes and the Suggested Clip on Earrings For Them

We each have a facial shape and what we wear around our face, like clip on earrings, is very important as they have the ability to complement our facial structure as well as exaggerate it. Sometimes a person has a combination of two shapes in their face.  I have an oval and rectangular shape to my face. It is as if the balance my genes decided to take compromised between Mom’s round face and Dad’s square shaped face.   I wear button clip earrings or dangles that go no further than the end of my jawline. Otherwise it will make my face appear too long and I don’t like that.  So what defines each facial shape and what are the best earrings to complement each?  I went online to research and here is what I found.

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The Oval Face is soft and curved with an equal distance from the hairline to the brow and the brow to the chin.  It is considered the “perfect face” shape as it is slightly longer than it is wide.  It does not matter if other features of the face are soft, curved or angular as this facial shape can wear almost any earring.  The only suggestion is to avoid clip on earrings that will lengthen your facial shape, making your face look very thin and long.

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The Round Face is soft and curved with an equal distance all around.  The nose is the focal point of this face shape.   The clip on earrings recommended for this facial shape should be earrings that are vertical, dangles, drops or narrow chandeliers that will help the face have a lengthy appearance it does not otherwise have-basically creating an illusion.

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The Oblong or Rectangular Face is longer than it is wide.  The width of the face at the forehead, cheekbones, and chin are close to or the same distance from each other, while overall length is long.  This facial shape is ideal for wearing large, bold styles, and wide chandeliers with color, movement and drama.  The perfect earring will fill in space so that width is added and the length is distracted. 

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The Square Face has a strong jawline and the distance from the top of face to the chin is equal to the width.  To soften the jawline and give the appearance of curves, the recommended clip on earrings are large oval hoops, long drops and narrow chandeliers.  It is important to subtract from this face shape and give the illusion of length and softening of width.

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The Heart Face has a wide brow and narrow chin with the width of the face at the forehead to the cheekbones greater than the width at the chin.  The top part of the face is usually soft and curved whereas the chin has an inverted triangle appearance.  The clip on earrings best for this facial shape need to be wider at the bottom. Vertical hoops, long and narrow styles, inverted triangles, or even buttons create width at the chin for a more balanced look.
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The Triangle Face is similar to the Heart Face, except, it has a narrow brow and a wide jawline.  The width of the face at the jawline and cheek bones is greater than the width at the forehead.  The recommended clips on earrings for this shape are ones that draw the eyes from the narrowest part of the face to the jawline.    Choose earrings like buttons that curve up to the ears to create the illusion of width.  Choose narrow dangles to create more length. The overall goal is to balance the face. 

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The Diamond Face is widest at the cheekbones with equal distance, though narrower at the forehead and jawline.   The clip on earrings suited for this facial shape are wide open, but the most complimentary are earrings with angular styles (diamond shaped with sharp corners, points and edges)  and cut crystal.  To soften the angles wear hoops.