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.

Tile Ring
Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Tile Ring
$40 at Universal Standard

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.

Universal Standard Pendulum Earrings
Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pendulum Earrings
$50 at Universal Standard

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

Universal Standard Choker
Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Choker
$60 at Universal Standard

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

Universal Standard Pebble Bracelet
Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pebble Bracelet
$60 at Universal Standard

A perfect match for the pendulum earrings above.

Universal Standard Pebble Necklace
Photo: Copyright: Michelle Blioux 2009
Universal Standard Pebble Necklace
$70 at Universal Standard

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

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Finally, a Minimalist Jewelry Line for Extended Sizes