Metals: What’s Right for You?

Yellow gold, bronze, white gold, sterling, rose gold, copper…the choices are endless as you stand at the jewelry counter. How to choose? Well, I have a few tips which might aid in the decision-making process. Here are some gorgeous mixed metal rings from Nadine Jewelry.

Stacking rings in a trio of metals

I know that there are many “rules” in the world of fashion and accessorizing. Some people are vigilant in following them. I, on the other hand, like to know what the rules are, and even more importantly, how to effectively break them.

The first thing you need to do is to take a look at your personal coloring temperature. Look at your skin first. Does is have a pink undertone? If so, then you’re in the “cool” family. Warmer skin tones have a more yellow or olive undertone. If you have trouble deciding, compare the skin on your inner arm to the skin of some of your friends, and I’m sure you’ll be able to detect the tone.

Next, look at your eyes and hair. Cool eyes include blue and icy green. Toasty browns and greens are warm. The same goes for hair. Black, silver, ashe blonde–those are examples of cool hair colors. Whereas golden blonde, auburn and many browns are on the warm side.

Don’t forget that you may fall into the “neutral” category on any or all of these, and in the case of jewelry metal choice, you will have a much wider range.

Once you have determined your personal color temperature, then take a look at the different jewelry metals. Metals on the cool side are silver, white gold and platinum. Yellow gold, copper, and bronze are warmer metals. Rose gold is a very interesting one, as it comes in a variety of shades. The pinker edge of the spectrum can be great with cool coloring, and those which veer to the peachier side complement warmer tones.

Now here comes the kicker. Most of us are a combination of temperatures. In my case, I have super cool skin, warm eyes, and my hair can be warm or cool depending on the color-du-jour. So what’s the solution? Mixing metals! It’s the supreme way to “break” the rules! You can effectively mix metals by layering necklaces or stacking bracelets. And there are many pieces of jewelry on the market now that do the job for you. Take a look at this beautiful Cartier ring.

Cartier trinity ring

With these guidelines in your pocket, you can figure out what will look best on you. But always remember the bottom line…whatever jewelry you end up wearing, it needs to resonate with your own sense of personal style and make your heart sing. That’s where true beauty comes from!

2 thoughts on “Metals: What’s Right for You?”

  1. Hello!
    First, LOVE your blog. Love the articles and helpful tips. As an aspiring jewelry artist this type of information is really valuable to me because it helps me with versatility ideas for my line. And the added bonus is you are giving me personal accessorizing tips! So thanks for the great blog posts. 🙂
    Second, I clicked on the link above “jewelry metal choice” and it takes me to an ebay store with randomness. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/370972431660
    I doubt if you intended to link to that so I thought I’d flag you on that.
    Keep up the great articles! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Tiffany! I’m just thrilled that you enjoy my blog, both personally and for your jewelry line. Fab! I also appreciate you letting me know about this link. No, I did not put it there, and I’ll take care of it. xo, A:)

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