A lot of people don’t think about it, but actually it’s really important to get the right color match between your jewelry and your skin tone. Just as with makeup, the wrong colors can make you look washed out and pasty, while the right colors will set off your natural features and really enhance the way you look – with minimal effort!
The first thing to do is to take note of what your skin tone actually is. (Or your partner’s, if that’s who you’re buying jewelry for, but we’ll keep it simple!) The best way to figure it out is to look at your wrist, where the skin is thin and your veins should be visible. If they’re blueish in color, you have a cool skin tone. It doesn’t matter much what your eye color or hair color is, and most people end up having cool skin tones. You may notice rosy or pink shades to your skin as well. This doesn’t actually mean you have warm toned skin! If your veins are more green in color, if you have a warm skin tone, with more gold and yellow in your palate.
When it comes to choosing the right metal to complement your skin tone, the traditional wisdom is best. Cool skin tones are best matched with silver, platinum, white gold, and other metals with a similar color. Warm skin tones are best matched with yellow gold, rose gold,
brass and copper. These bolder colors work well with warm skin tones, but can make people with cooler skin tones look washed out.
Your choice of stone is always going to be important as well. Pinks, purples, blues and reds look good with cool toned skin, as well as lustrous additions like white or pink pearls, diamonds or opals. Meanwhile, people with warm toned skin should favor similarly warmly-colored stones and inlays, like coral and golden-toned pearls. Stones like citrine complement warm toned skin perfectly. Turquoise also provides a gorgeous contrast.