There are so many different types of jewellery out there, so sometimes it can be difficult to choose which items are best for you. The right jewellery should accent and enhance the clothing you wear, provide an eye-catching bit of glam and sparkle and complement your skin tone. However, if you don’t know which jewellery is right for your complexion you might not even know where to start!
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to selecting the right jewellery for you, whether it is handmade silver jewellery, wedding rings or glamorous pieces for a night out on the town:
Skin Tones Are Either Cool or Warm
When it comes to your skin tone you can be either cool or warm. Keep in mind that this doesn’t describe how dark your skin is. You can have dark skin with a cool skin tone and vice versa. Skin tone refers to the undertone of your skin and whether or not it has a bluish or reddish undertone.
Take a look at the veins under your skin. If they look somewhat greenish and your skin has a yellow, golden or apricot tone then you have a warm skin tone. If your veins appear to have a bluish tint and your skin has pink or red undertones you will have cool skin.
Also, if you tan easily and rarely burn you will likely have a yellow to olive undertone to your skin. Those who burn easily and do not tan very well have less melanin in their skin, which results in a cooler undertone.
Choosing the Right Jewellery
Once you have figured out what your skin tone is, the next step is to choose the right jewellery. As a general rule, white metals such as silver, platinum and white gold look better on cool skin tones. If you have a cool skin tone and you are picking out gemstones you should look for bright colours such as green, purple, blue, pink and white. A silver charm bracelet would be a beautiful and flattering choice for you.
If you have a warm skin tone then you will look better wearing bronze and gold. You will also find that metals such as copper will complement your skin. When it comes to choosing gemstones you should look for deep hues such as brown, yellow, gold, red and orange.
If you aren’t sure, hold up the piece of jewellery against your face and look in the mirror. Does the jewellery make your skin look great or is the contrast in tones unflattering? Make sure that you are doing this is natural light rather than artificial light, so that you can get a true picture of the hues and tones of both your skin and the jewellery.
What About Neutral Skin Tones?
Some people find that they have a skin tone that doesn’t fit into either cool or warm and they have trouble determining which type of jewellery to wear. There is such a thing as a neutral skin tone, which falls somewhere between the Warm and Cool categories.
The great thing about having a neutral skin tone is that there is no obvious undertone, which means that it is easier for you to match with a wide range of jewellery and clothing. If you are lucky enough to have a neutral skin tone you can experiment with lots of different jewellery types and gemstone colours. You might also find that you swing back and forth from a cool skin tone to a warm one depending on how tanned you are!
Rules are Made to be Broken
Just because you have a cool or warm skin tone, you don’t have to limit yourself to the type of jewellery you wear. The skin tones give you an idea of what type of metals will look best on you, but if you find a piece of jewellery you love just go for it! Cool skin tones can wear gold jewellery and warm skin tones can wear silver – sometimes it really works! Also there are other factors to take into account that include your hair colour, eye colour and the clothing you are wearing.
Fashion rules are made to be broken and experimented with and your jewellery and clothes are a creative expression of who you are. Have fun with them and choose something that you absolutely love – you’re sure to look great!