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What Color Gemstone Beads Flatter Your Skin Tone? - The Bead Traders

What Color Gemstone Beads Flatter Your Skin Tone?

Purchasing or designing a gemstone piece to add to your jewelry collection involves considering your personal taste and the cost. But when deciding on a specific piece, whether it is for a special occasion or even just for the season, have you ever noticed how certain colors really pop when you wear them?

Most people choose their jewelry based on their preference of silver, gold, white gold and platinum but you should consider choosing the gemstones and the color of the metal based on the tone of your skin.

Just like your clothing, specific colors of gemstone beads complement your skin tone better than others. Jewelry never looks exactly the same on two people, so to get the best from your gemstones determine if you have cool or warm undertones.   

How to determine your undertone

Your skin tone will fall into two categories–cool or warm. Finding your undertone is easy. The simplest way is to hold a piece of white paper next to your face. If your skin looks red or pink next to the paper, you have a cool tone, while a yellow hue represents a warm complexion.

skin tone

Another easy way to establish your skin tone is by using natural sunlight to look at the underside of your palm, at your wrist. If your veins look purple or blue, you have cool undertones, but if they appear green with a yellow cast, you have warm undertones.

While out in the sun, if you burn you most likely have cool tones, but if you tan easily, you probably have warm undertones.

Your natural eye and hair color can also show what your natural undertones are. Grey, green or blue eyes with brown, black and blonde hair with platinum tones most likely means you have cool undertones. If you have hazel, brown or amber eyes with auburn, black or strawberry blonde hair with gold tones, you are most likely warm-toned.

The best colors for cool tones

Bright-colored gemstones like pink, purple, red, blue and green stones look best with cool skin tones. Emeralds, sapphires, tanzanite, topaz, rubies, amethysts and garnets are a perfect match for cool-toned ladies like Demi Moore. 

Certain metals also complement cool undertones. White gold, platinum, titanium and sterling silver beads, chains, toggles, clasps and findings can complete your look.  

Colors that are based off the sky, sea and water can make cool undertones explode. White, navy, royal blue and black are all examples of these accessory colors that are perfect for spacers and seed beads.

With cool undertones, it is important to avoid yellows as these can make skin appear pale and unhealthy.

Warm Tones

Earthy shades like cream, bright yellow, burnt orange, brown, dark green and autumn red look great on warm-tones. Browns such as camel, taupe and a heather brown also look fabulous. Currently on trend, rose gold can also bring out your skin tone’s warmth.

If your skin gives off a warm glow like Serena Williams, set your jewelry in these gorgeous gems–fire opal, citrine, peridot, aquamarine, peach pearl, orange sapphire and turquoise.

Metals that look best for warm undertones have a brown or yellow hue. These metals include copper, pewter, brass and yellow gold.

Use a color wheel to choose your perfect color combinations

color theory

If you’re looking to freshen up your jewelry collection with a pop of color, whether purchasing it or designing it yourself, select a hue that flatters your skin tone. The right color can accentuate your skin and your ensemble, boosting your confidence and making you feel great! A color wheel is an excellent tool for choosing combinations from subtle to dramatic. 

Once you have determined your skin tone, split the color wheel in half with an imaginary line. One half is cool and the other is warm. If you are looking for a conservative piece of jewelry, choose gemstones in the same color family. These colors are positioned next to and at a 90-degree angle from one another.

For a statement piece, select contrasting colors which are found across from each other on the color wheel.

Final thoughts

Your skin tone is only a guide to help you determine which gemstone beads are the most flattering choice for you. However, don’t let your skin tone limit your options. Also, consider the shape and texture of the piece, and if something holds a special significance or is truly spectacular, choose what feels right for you and wear a piece that you love! 


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