What Color Jewelry Should I Wear For My Skin Tone?

What Color Jewelry Should I Wear for My Skin Undertone and Complexion?

What Color Jewelry Should I Wear?
Siam Crimson Crystal Necklace | HerMJ

Your beautiful jewelry should complement your appearance and serve as a key element of your style. This means that the best jewelry is not only unique, it’s your signature. And with so many styles and materials, understanding the appropriate color of the jewelry you wear is crucial in achieving your best personal aesthetic.

This article will give you some valuable things to consider about selecting jewelry based on your skin undertone and personal style while considering the choice between natural and man-made elements.

Use these guidelines to put your best look forward with jewelry you’ve intentionally chosen to align with—not only your style but your very own characteristics to make it uniquely you.

The Value Of Your Skin Undertones

The concept of an undertone is based on the difference between your complexion against the bright white of something like the material of a plain T-shirt. In contrast to the material, if your skin appears as an amber shade, is considered to possess warmer undertones. Similarly, skin of a more blushed or pale skin complexion is considered to have cooler undertones.

Cool Skin Undertones
Cool Skin Undertones

Because of this, your skin’s undertones play an important role in determining the most suitable color of the jewelry you wear, so understanding your skin is essential to enhancing your overall appearance and achieving a cohesive look.

This is a common consideration we all know from the daily ritual of our makeup regimen. But you may have overlooked it when it comes to selecting the perfect combination of your appearance when it focuses on jewelry.

Even nail polish options can have a bearing on an ideal complement based on whether we have warm skin tones, neutral, or cool tones. We all seek that “polished” look. But although most of us appreciate the harmony of our skin undertones as a guide in choosing the right polish, foundation, blush, and lipstick shades that complement your complexion, few of us take it to the next level.

Similarly, we pay close attention to hair color choices, and how they’re influenced by our skin undertone to ensure the ideal harmony between our hair and skin.

Along the same line, we evaluate our clothing color to determine the most flattering combinations. Considering your skin’s undertone will help you select the most flattering colors for your specific complexion

Cool Skin Tone With Real Tahitian Pearls
Cool Skin Tone With Real Tahitian Pearls

Now, we’re going to take a good look at the color-pairing tips we should take into account for our jewelry accessories and our skin tone to enhance the ideal visual balance and aesthetic.

Now that we understand the importance of skin undertones in determining appropriate jewelry colors, let’s explore some tips for determining our own unique skin tone.

Tips for Determining Your Skin Tone

Skin Undertones Range of Complexions
Skin Undertones Ranges (Cool, Neutral, & Warm)

The determination of your skin tone provides valuable guidance for selecting jewelry that best complements your appearance.

Whether you’re going for a bold statement, or something more refined, an appreciation of how your undertone plays a special role and makes it easier to achieve the look you’re after. The result, either subtle or dramatic, starts with the act of identifying your undertone.

It’s valuable to know how your complexion benefits from choosing the best jewelry colors to suit your image. The subtle hues of the undertones beneath the surface of your skin, whether warm tones, cool, or neutral greatly benefit from colors you carefully choose to highlight the way your accessories harmonize with you.

Evaluating your complexion involves observing how light or dark your skin tone appears overall. The best means to determine your color palette at home involves analyzing something common to all of us, but unique to our individual appearance: our veins.

It is as simple as evaluating your hands. Bluish or purplish veins typically lean toward a cool undertone. This undertone is well suited to the frosty winter colors, such as pink, and icy blue.

Cool Skin Undertone Complexion
Cool Skin Undertone Complexion

Greenish vein colorations suggest a warmer undertone. The harmony of colors such as reds, sunshine yellows, and other paler shades is very flattering for this skin type.

Warm Skin Undertone Complexion
Warm Skin Undertone Complexion

Though not as common, neutral undertones are just that, neutral. Undertones for this complexion type are not considered warm or cool because this skin type is very close to the coloration of the individual’s surface hue.

This undertone is comprehensively uniform on the surface of what’s considered a neutral complexion. Best suited to silver and gold jewelry, your neutral skin benefits from a variety of jewelry. From pastels of fall to dusky hues.

Neutral Skin Undertone Complexion
Neutral Skin Undertone Complexion

Now that you have an appreciation of your own undertone, you can benefit from the ability to match jewelry to perfectly complement it.

Match warm-toned metals like gold with warm undertones and cool-toned metals like silver with cool undertones. For neutral undertones, you have the benefit of harmonizing with a multitude of gemstones and mental colors, from platinum to gold, to silver, as well as beautiful crystals.


Consider seasonal changes, too. Your skin tone actually varies throughout the year based on sun exposure and your body’s reaction to it.

Jewelry Recommendations for Different Skin Tones

HerMJ Recommendations - Jewelry Designs

Select accessories that complement your appearance using these tips and you’ll all but ensure the compatibility between your skin tone and the impact of your jewelry.

For those of us with warm undertones, amber and gold hues enhance the complexion’s natural warmth.

Celestial Star Gold Pendant Necklace - Front Detail
Celestial Star Gold Pendant Necklace | HerMJ

On the other hand, cool undertones find an ideal pairing with silvery and white hues.

Angel Frost Tassel Necklace
Angel Frost Tassel Necklace | HerMJ

Gemstones also contribute to wonderful color selections. With the right choice, you’ll be amazed at how much you can amplify the beauty of well-crafted gemstone jewelry by harmonizing the color with your skin tone.

Those of us with warm-toned complexions also should consider the fabulous shimmer of citrine or topaz, while cool-toned skin will find an ideal partner in sapphires or amethysts.

Citrine Ammonite Necklace
Citrine Ammonite Necklace | HerMJ
Sapphire Blue Crystal Necklace
Sapphire Crystal Necklace | HerMJ

Other important things to consider for making the best jewelry selection involve your personal style, whether you’re looking for a bold statement or an elegant minimalist look. Jewelry will always be a perfect way to express yourself via seasonal trends, like summer concerts and weekend beach days. And don’t forget cultural influences such as birthstones, and important anniversaries.

But remember, as helpful as these observations may be, they are primarily a starting point and will serve as basic guidelines. As always, your eye is the ultimate judge.

Amethyst Moon and Stars Pendant Necklace
Moon and Stars Amethyst Necklace | HerMJ

Choosing Between natural and man-made elements

Another factor to consider along with the color of your accessories is the choice between natural and man-made elements. Both options have their own pros and cons.

Natural jewelry materials, such as gemstones and precious metals, offer a unique beauty that cannot be replicated by man-made materials. We often regard them as the more luxurious accessories based on their perceived value and the correspondingly higher price tags.

Seashell Pendant Necklace - Front
Sea Shell Pendant Necklace | HerMJ

However, in addition to commanding higher prices, natural materials frequently require special care to maintain their appearance over time.

On the other hand, attractive costume jewelry offers significant benefits including affordability, versatility in design, and consistency in quality.

Alexis Envy Necklace
Alexis Envy Necklace | HerMJ

Significantly, a growing trend toward sustainability makes manufactured pieces increasingly attractive because of the reduced impact on our natural resources and the reduced implications on ecosystems and communities near mining sites.

Pros of Natural MaterialsCons of Natural MaterialsBenefits of Man-Made MaterialsCons of Man-Made Materials
Unique beautyHigher costAffordabilitySometimes Generic
Perceived valueSpecial care requiredVersatility
Organic variations Consistency

When it comes to longevity and durability, natural materials like diamonds or gold tend to be more resistant to wear compared to some man-made alternatives like cubic zirconia or plated metals. Although this is a significant motivator for those of us who treasure our natural gemstones, synthetic materials carry the benefit of virtually limitless colors for us to choose from.

With these points in mind, there’s an ideal solution for each of us as, whether our priorities center on budget constraints, desired aesthetics, or ethical considerations regarding sourcing practices of natural materials versus sustainability.

The Importance of Personal Style in Jewelry Selection

An individual’s personal style plays a crucial role in the selection of accessories, especially in the context of jewelry. Fashion trends constantly evolve, influencing what we consider stylish and fashionable, and changing all the time. However, personal style goes beyond following trends; it allows us to expose symbols of expression. Just as our favorite colors say something about us, wearing them in our jewelry expresses our unique personalities and emotions.

Jewelry symbolism

Certain pieces of jewelry hold symbolic meaning, allowing individuals to convey messages or represent important aspects of their lives.

Statement pieces: Bold colors in eye-catching jewelry can make a statement and become a focal point of an outfit, reflecting confidence and individuality.

Lapis Lazuli Cleopatra Necklace
Lapis Lazuli Cleopatra Necklace | HerMJ

Minimalist jewelry: On the other hand, use monochromatic colored jewelry to embrace simplicity and understated elegance. Perfect for those of us who prefer a more subtle statement.

Black Agate Lava Mala Necklace
Black Agate Lava Mala Necklace | HerMJ

Vintage and antique style jewelry: Choosing vintage inspired or antique pieces adds a touch of nostalgia and history to one’s personal style, creating a sense of uniqueness.

Atomic Blonde Necklace - pendant
Atomic Blonde Necklace | HerMJ

Frequently Asked Questions


In conclusion, the answer to the question: What color jewelry should I wear? comes down to identifying the right color jewelry, and understanding your skin undertones. Determining your skin tone and considering what to try first will streamline your jewelry search (and be a lot of fun) during your quest to enhance your overall look.

Ultimately, selecting the perfect color jewelry is like finding a rare gem that perfectly matches your essence, creating a harmonious balance that speaks to you—and for you—on a personal level.

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