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How to match your skin tone to your jewellery tone

No piece of jewellery looks the same on any two people. Although there are many reasons that jewellery looks different on different people, the biggest factor is skin tone. Certain metals and gems just look better against different undertones. By understanding the guidelines associated with skin tones and jewellery, women can find more pieces of jewellery that they feel confident wearing.

The History of Jewellery

Jewellery has always been an instrument of expression. For thousands of years, it symbolized class. The ancient Egyptians also believed that each stone had unique properties and practical benefits. During the Renaissance, religious symbolism became an important aspect of jewellery as well. Jewellery has transitioned over the last few hundred years to be more of an expression of art and beauty than class and religion. With the benefits of modern manufacturing, it is easier than ever before to find affordable jewellery to match one's personal tastes.

Finding the Right Colours of Jewellery

There are many things to take into account before purchasing jewellery. Examples are skin tone, hair colour, and face shape. Of course, it always comes down to personal preferences. Jewellery that makes a woman confident in her appearance is more important than any other consideration. For general guidelines to understand which jewellery is most suitable for one's skin tone, it is a good idea to focus on skin tone first and then balance those recommendations with one's hair colour.

Determining Skin Tone

Look at the skin in natural light. Try to find a spot where the veins are easily noticeable. For most people, the wrists are their best bet. Use the table below to determine one's skin tone.




Cool Pink or red Blue
Warm Yellow or gold Green

As a word of caution, remember that skin tone is not the same as skin colour. It is possible to have dark skin and a cool tone. Likewise, it is also possible to have light skin and a warm tone. Skin tone goes back to one's ethnic background whereas skin colour has a lot to do with environment. Matching Skin Tone to Metals Metals are easy to divide into cool and warm categories as well. The following table highlights the most common cool and warm metals found in jewellery.


White and silvery metals are best. Examples include: silver, platinum, titanium, stainless steel, and white gold.


Brown and yellowish metals are best. Examples include: yellow gold, copper, brass, and pewter.

Matching Skin Tone to Gem Colours Metals are the base of jewellery. They need to match the skin tone so as not to distract, but the metal itself is usually not the focus of a piece of jewellery. Whether artificial or real, gems need to match one's skin tone in order to create a cohesive look. Gems that do not flatter one's skin tone can sometimes make that skin look less attractive than it really is. For example, pale skin can look great with the right jewellery, but the wrong jewellery can make such skin look washed out and even unhealthy. Use the following table to find the right gem colours.


Bright colours such as pink, red, blue, purple, and green are best because they bring life and vivacity to cool skin.


Earth tones such as orange, brown, yellow, and turquoise are ideal because warm skin is very earthy as well.

Balancing with Hair Colour Although these guidelines are very useful, hair colour also plays a big role in how much any given colour can flatter one's skin tone. Of course, jewellery that is not worn on the face or neck does not necessarily need to be balanced with one's hair colour. To get the most out of jewellery, consider the tips presented in the following table.

Golden Blonde

Earth tones, particularly earthy blue and green, are best for these blondes. Most golden blondes have a cool skin tone as well. Although earth tones are generally associated with warm skin tones, blue and green flatter cool skin exceptionally well. Golden blondes should try pieces of jewellery that play on different shades of blue and green to find the shades that fit best with their hair and skin.

Ash Blonde

Pink and lavender are especially good for ash blondes because they are about the same intensity as light blonde hair. Of course, most ash blondes have cool skin as well. Red, pink, and purple go great with cool skin. However, ash blondes need to choose shades of red, pink, and purple that is light enough to not overshadow the beauty of their hair.

Brunettes with Cool Skin

Bold colours such as black, white, red, and hot pink work best with this combination of hair and skin. These colours deliver the boldness of the hair without drawing too much attention away from the skin itself. Silver looks especially beautiful against brunette hair.

Brunettes with Warm Skin

Earthy shades of red, orange, green, and brown are particularly worthwhile for brunettes with warm skin. Since the hair and skin are both warm and rich, green and brown pieces of jewellery blend in well. Red and orange add a bit of boldness. All of these colours bring out the beauty of warm skin.

Auburn or Copper Red

Sandy, muted golds look great with this hair regardless of skin tone. Warm skin benefits from the gold while cool skin matches the coolness of the sandy shade. Sandy gold jewellery can be found with bright gems for cool skin or earthy gems for warm skin

Strawberry Blonde

Bright colours like aqua, violet, peach, and pink look remarkable with this hair colour. Earthier shades can be used for warm tones while brighter shades can be used for cool tones.


Rich, dark colours are perfect for those with black hair. Blue, emerald, and royal purple look lighter against black hair. Which colours work best will depend upon one's skin tone: Blue and emerald might look great on cool skin while royal purple might add boldness to warm skin.

Grey or White

Black, burgundy, and navy blue fit the distinction and class of grey or white hair. These colours fit an earthy palette for warm skin just as well as they fit a bright palette for cool skin. These colours can be slightly adapted and paired with different metals to look great on any skin tone.

Since there are only two distinct skin tones for the purpose of finding jewellery, looking at hair colour can also help women find jewellery that flatters their skin. For example, a cool skin tone looks different on someone with blonde hair than on someone with black hair. Blondes need bright colours that match their hair while not contrasting too heavily with their cool skin. On the other hand, black hair contrasts with cool skin already. Thus, women with black hair should use the existing colour contrast to their advantage by choosing jewellery that contrasts with the skin a little less than their hair does. Since hair affects the appearance of skin so much, women should experiment with different colours of jewellery before settling on a favourite. Conclusion When it comes down to it, some people just look great with certain colours because skin tone and hair colour are not the only determinants. Eye colour, personality, facial features, and other factors affect how jewellery looks on somebody. Don't be afraid to try something new. Source: Wikipedia


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