How to select your Napier jewelry

How To Select Your Jewelry Style

How to select your Napier jewelry
How To Select Your Napier jewelry


In 1990, Napier advertised a tutorial on how to select jewelry based on one’s face shape. To determine your shape, stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face. When looking at the tracing, one of five shapes should be evident–square, oval, rectangular, round, or heart. Attitudes about beauty have evolved since the 1990s, and we want every woman to celebrate her inherent beauty. Enjoy these tips, take what feels right for you, toss the rest, and have fun selecting your jewelry!

Earrings: round, oval or inverted triangular shapes in medium to large sizes.
Necklaces: longer styles in lengths of 24″ to 30″.
Pins: pins worn to the side of the lapel away from face.

Earrings: wide dramatic sized earrings–round buttons in medium to large sizes. Avoid long drops.
Necklaces: necklaces in short or medium lengths, especially those with a bold center design.
Pins: pins worn at the base of the throat.

Earrings: moderate drops or slender oval buttons. Avoid round buttons and large hoops.
Necklaces: longer lengths, multiple strands.

Anything goes!

Earrings: avoid tiny studs; long drops and large hoops.
Necklaces: medium length (24″) or round collars–avoid necklaces with bold center design.
Pins: wear high on lapel.


Author: Melinda Lewis

Jewelry historian, Melinda Lewis is co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI) and author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry.