It seems like such a mystery when one piece of jewelry looks fabulous on one person yet looks less appealing on another. Part of the reason for such a striking difference could certainly be the style of jewelry. Certain styles can look different from person to person depending on hair length, style, and color, and necklines could also be a factor. But the primary reason jewelry seems to compliment one person more than another is due to the undertones of skin.
What is Skin Tone?
When selecting jewelry, whether fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, or boutique-type jewelry, it is important to match metal types and gemstone colors to the tone of your skin. The surface of your skin can change if you spend a lot of time in the sun, but the undertone is the natural complexion of your skin and does not change.
If you are not sure what kind of skin tone you have, simply look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. A green or olive hue in this area generally indicates a warm undertone. A light pink, purple, or blue appearance represents a cool undertone. Skin that doesn’t seem to have a green, lavender, or blue hue may have a neutral tone. Check the guide below to see how to dress to your hue.
Yellow gold or rose gold will look beautiful when worn against skin with warm undertones. It will also pair well with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and garnets. It you tan easily, or if you are African-American or of Indian descent, then you likely have skin with a warm undertone, though there are some people with ebony complexions who have cooler undertones.
White gold and silver jewelry looks perfect against cool toned skin. If you have fair skin and sunburn easily you probably have a cool undertone. Diamonds, turquoise, emeralds, amethysts, and blue topaz compliment cool undertones. Rose gold can also be worn by those with cool toned skin.
Two-tone gold looks flawless when worn by those with a neutral skin tone. Yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and silver will also match. All colors of gemstones are options for those with neutral skin. Diamonds, pearls, and opals are all great options too.
Knowing the undertone of your skin will make shopping more fun and your jewelry buying experience more fulfilling. Confident decisions will be easier to make when you know which metals and stones will blend naturally and look best with your skin tone.