Matching Jewellery to Your Skin Tone

Matching Jewellery to Your Skin Tone

When it comes to enhancing our appearance most of us tend to straight-away think of the make-up and clothing side of things, right? We may not always realise that jewellery plays an equally important role in determining how we can bring out our natural beauty.


One of the ways in which can help you to determine the right kind of jewellery for you is, firstly, by looking at your skin tones. There are generally two types of skin tones - these are cool and warm tones.


When I say Skin tone, it’s different from your skin color. Your skin colour could be pale or dark. And, the skin I am talking about in this article is your Undertone.  One of the most common myth about your skin color and undertone is that, all the pale colored people are having cool undertone and all the dark skinned people will be having warm undertone. But, this is just a misconception.


The surface color of a person doesn’t contribute to your undertone. For example, the actress Julia Roberts is having warm undertone. Super model Alek Wek is a having a cool tone.


As a rule of thumb the best way to work out your own personal skin tone is to look for the colour of your veins, are they blue or green? You can usually identify vein colour from the wrist as this is where they are the most visible. If you have blue veins then you have a cool skin tone, whereas if your veins are green you would be classed as having a warm skin tone.

There is also another method often used to determine the skin tone, and this is by looking at skin pigmentation. For example, if you have a pinkish undertone to your complexion then you have a cool skin tone. If you have golden or yellow undertones then you have a warm skin tone. Hopefully you can now get a rough idea?

Once you are able to make out your own skin tone, and then come the fun part of choosing the right kind of jewellery. Of course every piece of jewellery will look different according to the wearer but generally it is said that sterling silver, titanium, platinum and white gold metals compliment the Cool skin tones whereas gold, copper and brass metals are better suited to Warm skin tones.

Jewellery is a form of self expression and depends on taste. Some people choose to wear a limited amount of jewellery but others prefer to load up on rings, bracelets and necklaces. For example, Indian women can often be seen wearing gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even body jewellery to enhance their appearance. Bright jewel tones are also a firm favourite in ethnic cultures.

Whichever skin tone category you fall into it’s important to feel confident in your choice of accessories, and there are so many inspiration boards on Pinterest to browse through. It’s these sorts of mood boards that can provide helpful imagery if you want to know how certain colours will suit you. As with all aspects of personal styling there is an element of trial and error, but this is perfectly normal when you are trying out new accessories for the first time.

  • Posted on November 7, 2014