Are you a rose gold person? Perhaps you prefer the subtlety of silver or the richness of yellow gold?
Just as there are some colours that suit you more than others when it comes to clothing, there are also certain metals and gemstones that complement your skin tone best – so, how do you find the right jewellery for you?
First, you’ll need to identify your skin tone – is it warm or cool? This test is best done in natural light, by examining a part of your body where the veins are visible. The wrist is a good place to start.
Cool skin tones often have a rosy/pinkish undertone, with blue/purplish coloured veins. A cool skin tone doesn’t always mean you are pale, people with dark or tanned skin can also be cool-toned.
Warm skin tones on the other hand tend to have greenish coloured veins and a more yellowy/golden undertone.
It’s important to remember that your skin tone is NOT the same as your skin colour. Skin colour is generally influenced by your environment, while skin tone is directly related to your ethnicity.
Light metals – for example, silver, white gold and platinum – tend to suit cooler skin tones. Warmer skin tones can also get away with light metals but it’s the rose golds and yellow golds that really complement this tone.
Another way to test your skin tone is to get a piece of gold jewellery and a piece of silver and hold each of the metals beside your face while looking in the mirror, one at a time. Observe any changes.
If the silver has a luminous effect on your face, lighting up your skin then you probably have a cool skin tone, while the gold will give any warm skin tone a fresh glow. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who can pull off both!
When it comes to gemstones, bright, vibrant colours will pop against cooler skin, so if this is you, you’re best to go for blues, greens and violet coloured stones.
Earthy coloured gemstones in champagne, orange, yellow and deep reds will complement warm skin tones due to the yellow undertones.
Of course, it all comes down to personal preference but wouldn’t you prefer to find something that looks fab on you?
When in doubt however, just don some failsafe diamonds – they are a girl’s best friend for a reason!