Jewelry and Skin Tone: Designing Jewelry that Flatters

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Do you know if you have a cool or warm skin tone? Skin tone is one of the biggest factors in designing flattering jewelry that accentuates you and your customers' beauty. Whether you are designing jewelry for yourself, or to gift or sell to others, taking skin tone into account when selecting colors and materials will create amazing results. Here's how to easily identify if you have a cool or warm skin tone and suggestions for complementary jewelry materials.

Determining Skin Tone

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-colored veins and warm skin tones have greenish-colored veins.

Another technique is to hold two pieces of fabric against the face--silver and gold. Analyze which one looks better and note which color brightens up the face. Silver brightens cool skin tones and gold brightens 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
Note: Most people have cool skin, including people with dark and tan skin.

Notable examples include: Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields, Candace Bergen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Taylor.

Warm Skin Tone
  • 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
Notable examples include: Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Rebecca Romjin, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Nicole Richie.

What Jewelry and Colors Look Best

Warm Skin Tone

Gold-finished jewelry and accessories are a perfect accent to warm skin tones, along with pewter, 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.

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

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.

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

View design inspirations that complement cool skin tones

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


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