by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Brides are dusting off their shoulders and sticking their necks out in dreamy styles of shoulder-duster long dangle earrings that are bigger than the special day itself. These long, slimming statements draw attention to all those gorgeous necks, shoulders and arms out there for a flattering and feminine result.
So, what exactly is a shoulder duster? The term was originally used in the 1920s to describe slim pendant earrings that were around 3 inches long. These Art Deco period earrings didn't exactly dust the shoulders, but their slender shape and pendant resembled a feather duster, making the name more playful than literal. Over the years, the term shoulder duster has been used to describe any long dangle earrings that grace the shoulders.
Dangle earrings were made for weddings and any bride can pull them off, and feel good doing so. These very long danglers that brush the shoulders work magic to frame the face and draw the eye upward. Wear a more rounded pair to accessorize an A-line gown or go for a more angular style to top off a column-style dress. There's a long dangle earring style to match any style of wedding, including long and wispy chain earrings, elegant and simple lengths of Swarovski® crystal pearls and beads, and elaborate gemstone bead dangle chandelier earrings. Surprise bridesmaids with shoulder-duster dangle earrings for a stunning presentation for all.
Long is in and the more dangle the earring has, the better. These shoulder-duster dangle earrings are well-played with ponytails, up-dos and side-swept hair and also complement long, wavy or straight hair for a dramatic statement. Pairing well with this wedding season's off-the-shoulder, strapless and open neckline dresses, shoulder-duster dangle earrings are a smart choice for long-lasting looks on the special day.
Design with Swarovski crystal beads and pearls, Swarovski fancy stones, Czech fire-polished beads, gemstone beads and cabochons, cultured freshwater pearls and metal chain. Create long dangle earrings in gold, rose gold or silver-colored metals for a variety of different looks. Choose colors that stand out from hair color for an even greater impact and take this trend one step further by making a mismatched earring statement. Simply pair a long shoulder-duster dangle earring with a stud earring for a dramatic display of fashion.