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Skin Tone and Silver & Gold Jewellery – Should I Wear Silver or Gold?

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

SKIN TONE AND SILVER & GOLD JEWELLERY – SHOULD I WEAR SILVER OR GOLD?






Underlying skin tone can really make a difference in which metal looks better next to our skin and flatters us more.


Interesting to note though that skin undertone is not skin tone. Skin tone is the complexion colour you see when you look in the mirror. Underneath this we have another skin tone, no matter what your complexion colour or your ethnicity; this is your skin undertone.


When the colour of your jewellery suits you well, it’s because it flatters your skin undertone. Our underlying skin tone falls into three categories, cool, warm or neutral.


When the colour of your jewellery has the same undertone as your skin does it will always make your skin look a little more radiant!


If you have warm skin, gold jewellery, particularly near your face, will pop, if you have cool skin, then silver or rose gold will look amazing!


It’s not to say you cannot wear one or the other, it is not a hard rule – if it looks great – wear it! Here I break all the rules and wear a mixture of yellow gold, rose gold and silver!





HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR UNDERLYING SKIN TONE IS?


There are three good tests to help you to establish your underlying skin tone:


1 Veins inside your wrist test

2 White paper test

3 Jewellery test



Veins Test.


Take a look at the veins inside your wrist (in natural light, no sunlight). If your veins appear blue to purple, you are likely to have cool skin undertones. If your veins appear greenish, you are likely to have warm skin undertones. If its difficult to discern – if they appear greeny/blue, you are likely neutral.



White Paper Test


If you are still note sure, take a white sheet of paper and place it next to your neck or chest (not your face), does your skin compared to the white:


a) turn pinkish/red (if it does you are likely cool) or

b) yellowish (if it does you are likely warm) or

c) if you still can’t tell you’re likely to be neutral



Jewellery Test


The next test is to take a piece of silver and yellow gold jewellery (ideally a similar surface size). Hold them next to your neck. Compare – see which one makes your skin look more radiant and healthy – it will light up!

If the gold makes your skin look healthier, then yes, you’ve got it (!) your likely warm. If the silver looks best then yes, you’ve likely got cool skin undertones. If they both look great you are probably neutral!



SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING JEWELLERY COLOUR?



It simply tells you which colour of jewellery is like to suit your skin the best (and if worn near the face will light you up!)


This is not a rule, just guidelines! It’s not that it’s going to look bad on you, it’s just that get it right and it looks amazing!



MIXING METALS


Mixing metals can help you get the best of all worlds!


If you really love silver or rose gold but have warm undertones, then choosing to wear a predominantly gold piece mixed with some silver or rose gold would work fantastically.


Similarly if you have cool undertones but love yellow gold, then again wearing predominantly silver with some yellow gold mixed in would look amazing.


If you have neutral skin you can pretty much wear anything although if you are veering one way or the other, the above might also apply.


Look at the picture – which of these would suit cool or warm underlying skin tones best?


Answers at the end!*




Remember this is not the law!! You can wear whatever you fancy!



FASHION


Some of us have chosen wedding and engagement ring metals based on the fashion at the time, yellow gold, platinum, rose gold etc.


It is easy to get caught in feeling you therefore have to choose all further jewellery based on this original choice but you can mix it up!


Just be sure to add a little of the original ring colour into any new jewellery as in this ring below. I would wear this happily next to or near yellow gold rings. It would really tie them together.




*ANSWERS TO THE EARLIER QUESTION (IMO!):


From the shortest down


1 The shortest has predominantly gold so it would really suit a warmer

skin undertone if you wanted to add some silver into the mix.

2 The medium is predominantly silver and rose gold so it would really suit

a cooler skin undertone who wants to add a little yellow gold.

3 The longest one would suit anyone with cool undertones. It would not be

the best look for anyone with warm undertones.

4 Of course, it you are neutral you could wear any of them – take your

pick!



SO MIX IT UP AND ENJOY!

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