Wednesday, September 8, 2021


By Dan Matthews

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To say we live in a “selfie society” would be an understatement. In 2019, Google reported that people were taking 93 million selfies per day, and that number has undoubtedly continued to climb. Now, thanks to everything from social media influencers to a boost in Zoom meetings and video chats, selfies are a normal part of the culture.

There are still different age groups that tend to take more photos of themselves than others, with the 18-34 group making up most of the culture. But, as Gen Z and Millennials continue to get older, that age group will continue to fluctuate.

Whether you’re looking for a way to make your next Instagram selfie stand out or you want to look your best for your next Zoom meeting, one of the best things you can do is to style your jewelry the right way.

Accessories make a big difference. Wearing the right jewelry that goes with today’s trends and highlights your self-awareness will make a big difference in how you’re perceived. Let’s cover some tips.

Tapping Into Trends

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Selfie culture has changed the way people look at jewelry. Because most selfies are taken from the waist up, there’s a greater focus on accessories and everything that can “fit” into a picture. So, it only makes sense that jewelry trends have changed to adapt to this culture. Selfie culture has changed a lot of things about our society, including self-image and perception.

We could argue all day about the pros and cons of how selfies have caused people to look at themselves differently. But, most people actively taking them want to put their best foot forward, even if it’s just a matter of “looking good”.

  • Statement earrings
  • Demi-fine jewelry
  • Face piercings
  • Brightly colored jewels and diamonds

While you don’t have to give in to these trends, many of them are in place because they are “face-focused”. When you’re taking a selfie, you have limited space for drawing attention. Jewelry will capture people’s eyes and cause them to look at your photo longer.

Highlight Your Facial Features

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Speaking of “face-focused”, it’s important to know how to use jewelry the right way for selfies. Just following trends isn’t enough. If you really want to make the most of wearing jewelry for photos or video meetings, there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Your jewelry shouldn’t overcomplicate things. If you’re wearing some on a Zoom call, make sure it’s noticeable but not distracting. Hold it still and make sure it isn’t jingling or making noise. If you’re wearing a necklace or earrings for a photo, consider how they look in the light. Are they creating a glare or reflection?

Lighting is crucial for a great selfie, in general. If you’re wearing jewelry that is shiny or contains a jewel, you’ll have to find a way to utilize the light without your jewelry causing it to bounce all over. Depending on what you’re trying to portray in your selfie or features you’re trying to highlight, you may need to adjust the size and color of the pieces you use to accessorize.

Let Your Personality and Culture Shine

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Jewelry has always been a form of personal expression. It can showcase your overall sense of style, your personality, or even your cultural background. Even traditional jewelry can be used to highlight who you are and what you represent.

For example, if you want to show off your beautiful new engagement ring in a selfie, be proud if you have something different. Diamond alternatives are becoming more popular than ever, including:

  • Sapphires
  • Aquamarine
  • Morganite
  • Ruby
  • Amethyst
  • White sapphires

More vivid colors like ruby and amethyst will look beautiful in photos, and it’s a great way to show your unique sense of style.

Since selfies are often used on social media sites, you can also use them as a platform for representation with your jewelry. Do a little research on your culture and the influence of jewelry throughout history. Across the globe, common purposes of jewelry have included everything from currency to protection and rites of passage. Turquoise has been commonly associated with Native American tribes and Greeks. Jade has a deeply rooted history in Chinese culture. Learning more about your background can make you proud to show off certain pieces and educate others, too.

Rina Limor Silver 8-8.5mm Pearl Moon Necklace (Photo courtesy of GILT)

Like everything else, jewelry fashion trends will continue to come and go, especially as selfie culture continues to change. While following current trends is a great way to have fun, gain social media followers, and look your best, don’t hesitate to style your jewelry for selfies in a way that works with your style and background. When you’re purposeful with your style, more people are likely to take notice and appreciate your photos rather than just scroll by.

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