Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Skin tone is one of the biggest factors in designing flattering jewelry that accentuates your customers' beauty and complements their style. Taking skin tone into account when selecting colors and materials will create amazing results. Skin tone is the underlying hues underneath skin color, which is why silver always looks smashing on you and gold looks great on your cousin. Here's how to easily identify whether a customer has a cool, warm or neutral skin tone plus suggestions for complementary jewelry materials for use when designing.

Taking a Skin Tone Quiz

The simplest test uses a plain sheet of white paper. Hold it up to the customer's face and compare how their skin looks in contrast to the paper. If their skin looks pink or blue--probably a cool skin tone. If their skin appears yellowish, greenish or pale brown--probably a warm skin tone. If their skin just looks grey or ashy--probably a neutral. If the customer tans or has a skin condition such as acne or rosacea, then try the skin behind the ear, under the upper arm or behind the knee. Those easy tanners probably have warm skin tones--although it's not a guarantee.

Follow that up with the vein test. Locate an area where veins are visible, typically the wrist is a good area to use. Your vein color determines whether you have a warm or cool skin tone. Cool skin tones typically have bluish- or purplish-colored veins and warm skin tones have greenish-colored veins. Neutral skin tones won't see any strong vein color difference.

A third technique to determine skin tone colors is to hold two pieces of fabric against the face--silver and gold. Analyze which looks better and note which color brightens up the face. Silver brightens cool skin tones and gold brightens warm skin tones. Neutral skin tones look great in both--lucky you!

Warm Skin Undertone
  • Greenish-colored veins
  • Yellow or golden-apricot undertones when looking in the mirror
  • Brown, black or hazel eyes
  • Natural red, orange or strawberry blonde hair or brown hair with a reddish tint
  • Gold brightens the face
  • Avoid: pale or icy blues and ''cool'' shades of purple
Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Notable examples include: Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Marcia Cross, Rebecca Romjin, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Amy Adams, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé.

Best Colors for Warm Skin Tones - Jewelry-Making Suggestions

Gold-finished jewelry and accessories are a perfect accent to warm skin tones, along with brass and copper metals. Jewelry in earth tones such as browns, oranges, brownish-greens, yellow and yellowish-greens will bring out the beauty of warm-toned skin. Classic neutral hues include taupe, dark chocolate browns, cream or ivory whites.

Design with ... View the color swatches below for suggested color choices for warm skin tones.

View design inspirations that complement warm skin tones.

Cool Skin Tone
  • Bluish-colored veins
  • Pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror
  • Blue, green, or grey eyes
  • Naturally blond, black or brown hair
  • Silver brightens the face
  • Avoid: oranges, tomato red, strong yellows
Note: Most people have cool skin undertones, including people with dark and tan skin.

Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Notable examples include: Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Shania Twain, Viola Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Taylor, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong'o.

Best Colors for Cool Skin Tones - Jewelry-Making Suggestions

Silver-finished jewelry and accessories complement cool skin tones well. White pearls are also a great choice and jewel tones including pinks, purples, blues, reds and magentas. Classic neutral hues include grey, navy and crisp white.

Design with ... View the color swatches below for suggested color choices for cool skin tones.

View design inspirations that complement cool skin tones.

Neutral (or Beige) Skin Undertone
  • Vein colors seem to include both purples and greens
  • No discernable undertones when looking in the mirror
  • No particular eye color, as eye color changes according to clothing or jewelry
  • No particular hair color type, or mixed hair colors--almost all hair coloring looks good
  • Can easily wear both gold and silver
  • Avoid: bright, saturated colors such as electric blue or magenta; crisp white; stark black
Notable examples include: Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts, Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel, Kiera Knightley, Victoria Beckham, Lena Dunham.

Best Colors for Neutral Skin Tones - Jewelry-Making Suggestions

Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

Both silver and gold look great on this skin undertone type. Muted colors are better for this understated skin tone, so avoid standard "jewel tones" and opt for less saturated versions. Shades of brown look fantastic, while andalusite echoes the neutral's often changeable eyes.

Design with ... View the color swatches below for suggested color choices for neutral skin tones.

View design inspirations that complement neutral skin tones.

Fashion Tip: Take the Rainbow™ color selector along while shopping to easily select complimentary colors based on your skin tone, and use at your workstation when designing jewelry.

Rainbow™ Color Seletor Base Item 2073TL

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