ahead of the curve

Finally, Someone Understands That Jewelry Should Come in Extended Sizes Too

Universal Standard. Photo: Photographer: Michelle Blioux/Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009

The women behind clothing line Universal Standard understand that shopping while curvy can be a frustrating experience, and not just because clothing stores often carry a limited range of sizes. Just a couple months ago, the brand started letting customers swap out items for another size within the first year of purchase — very helpful for anyone whose weight tends to fluctuate.

Now, the company has launched jewelry in hopes of helping curve women find accessories in extended sizes. Some might think this isn’t a real issue, but if you’ve ever had to take back a necklace because the chain is made to hang over smaller bustline, or had to endure the pinching of a bracelet or choker, you’ll understand. The pieces are made from high-quality silver plate, and everything costs less than $100, with pieces starting at $40 for rings and going up to $70 for a necklace. Scroll ahead for our favorites.

Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Tile Ring

Inspired by the classic signet ring, this comes in sizes 9 and 11. Wear one on its own, or stack several on top of each other.

Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pendulum Earrings

The bar-drop shape is a popular style right now.

Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Choker

Just because it’s called a choker doesn’t mean it should actually choke you. This sophisticated style sits nicely along the neckline.

Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pebble Bracelet

A perfect match for the pendulum earrings above.

Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pebble Necklace

The adjustable chain here can glide over any chest size. Wear it to dress up a summer work blouse.

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