Jewelry by Skin Tone with Suzy Levian


When most people order jewelry, they concentrate on their preferences. You might prefer a topaz ring because you love blue or purchase a rose gold necklace because you saw someone wearing it and it looked incredible. As long as you feel good about your looks, then it doesn’t truly matter. But there may be a time when you bought a piece of jewelry that looked really fabulous but after wearing it, you did not feel the same at all. If this may be the case, you could end up with a jewelry box full of pieces that you don’t ever wear.

Jewelry generally rests against your skin, because of this contrast of the object with your skin will be easily noticed. One of the biggest factors that affect how the jewelry looks on you is your skin tone. So how does recognizing your skin tone help you to find formidable pieces of jewelry? Because certain skin tones look better with certain metals and gemstones, identifying your skin tone can help you find the perfect jewelry to go with it. 


People with cool skin tones look good in light or white metals such as white gold, platinum and silver. People with warm skin tones look good in yellow and rose gold, copper and brass jewelry. If you have a neutral skin tone, you'll look good in both white metals and yellow metals.

Bright blues, emeralds, and deep purples will look fabulous on cool skin undertones. Frosty shades of pink, ice blue and lavender also will look amazing. For warm skin tones, you can turn to ruby, bright rosy red, or super-pale yellows. With neutrals, you can rock cool gray, bright white, and navy.


There is no hard and fast rule to determine what skin tone you have, but there are some clues to help you figure it out.

You have a warm skin tone if:

  • You have green veins on your wrist.
  • Your skin tans easily and rarely burns.
  • You have brown, green or hazel eyes and brown, red or black hair.

 You have a cool skin tone if:

  • You have blue veins on your wrist.
  • You struggle to tan and your skin burns easily.
  • You have blue or green eyes and blonde, brown or black hair.

 Does My Skin Have a Cool or Warm Undertone?

Warm undertones tend to lean towards peachy, yellow or golden tones; cool undertones mean your skin has hints of pink, red or blue; while neutral is a mixture of these colors.

Let’s take a look at your undertone a step further than only examining your skin. Here are five ways to help you figure out yours. One thing to remember, if you can’t decide between the above two options, you’re most likely somewhere in between and neutral-toned. 


The color of your veins

The best way to determine your undertone is to look at the veins in your wrist under natural light. If they look slightly green you have warm undertones. If your veins have more of a blue hue or even a hint of purple, your undertones are cool. If you see a mix of both colors, then you may have neutral undertones.

The right type of jewelry

The color of your jewelry is another easy way to figure out your undertones. Simply put on some gold and silver jewelry and decide which one you look better in. If you lean towards gold, you’re warm-toned, while silver means cool-toned.

The color of your clothes

Grab a pure white piece of clothing or even just a piece of white paper. In bright, natural light, hold the item up to your face. If your skin looks pink or rosy by comparison, you're cool-toned. If your face looks more yellow, your undertone is warm. If you feel you look better in off-white or creamy hues rather than stark white, that's another telltale sign that you may be warm-toned. If you can wear both colors without feeling like you look washed out, you may have a neutral undertone.

How your skin reacts in the sun

When you’ve spent a lengthy amount of time in the sun, how does your skin react? If you find that you tan easily, you’re warm-toned, whereas those that burn easily or turn pink are cool-toned.

The color of your eyes and hair

While this point is the least straightforward of all, your eye and hair color can generally give an indication to your undertone. Those with blue, grey or green eyes with blonde, brown, or black hair with platinum tones are likely to be cool-tones. If you have brown, amber or hazel eyes with red, black or strawberry blonde hair, it’s likely that you’re warm-toned.


Yellow gold is especially attractive on warmer skin tones and pairs well with earthy gems and stones colored in brown, green, orange, yellow and turquoise.

Silver and white gold look great with cooler skin tones and pair well with vibrant stones in purple, pink, deep reds and blues.

Two-tone jewelry is making a comeback, this is great news if you love this style. If you love both metals and can’t stand to limit yourself to just one, then break those old customs and wear your silver and gold jewelry together.


Rose gold is the new hype because it's so versatile it has become a more popular choice.

It's soft pink tone complements both cool and warm skin tones and if you're a fan of vintage then this is perfect for you. This is also excellent for feminine jewelry pieces. 

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