Choosing Metals Based on Skin Tone
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Despite what one may think, the very foundation of an engagement ring is the setting or the metal. There are several types of metals to choose from—so many, in fact, that it could make your head spin. Luckily, there are ways you can both narrow down your options. If you decide to pick out the ring together, you can use your complexion as a guide for what color metal your engagement ring should be.
Because gold is so soft, it has to be alloyed with at least one other metal to be used in jewelry. If this other metal has a similar color to pure gold, then the result is yellow gold. This is the traditional choice for engagement rings and it best complements warm skin tones. If you have a warm undertone to your skin, earthy tones in your eyes and look great in colors like bright greens, yellows and oranges, this is likely your best bet.
A yellow gold ring will contrast very nicely with the color of the diamond, while also hiding slight imperfections in the color. This means you can choose a less perfect color and splurge on other factors, like the cut, clarity and carat weight.
The current favorite color of gold for many people is white gold, which has a very crisp appearance. It’s the metal of choice for women with cool complexions. If you have darker blue, gray or brown eyes and hair with a somewhat ashy coloring to it, you likely have cool undertones. Darker greens, purples and reds are your ideal colors for a night on the town.
Many people love the way that white gold highlights the crisp, clear color of a gorgeous diamond. When you’re going with white gold, you may want to splurge on an especially colorless diamond because the gold won’t add any color to the mix.
When gold is alloyed with copper, the result is a color that has a peach or pink hue, which is often called rose gold. This is one of the trendier options today, and many people like rose gold because it looks beautiful against all types of skin tones. If you’re really clueless about whether you have a warm or cool complexion, getting a rose gold ring can be the perfect compromise because it works both ways.
Rose gold will definitely contrast with the diamond, which will appear quite white in comparison to the rose gold. Depending on the type of setting you choose, the color of the gold may be reflected slightly in the diamond, so be aware of this when choosing the color of diamond to use.
You and your fiancé want to choose a metal you’ll enjoy wearing and that matches your skin tone, your other jewelry and your wardrobe. Not only will this ring be with you for the rest of your life, it’s also quite the investment. Be conscious of your opinion and more importantly, be patient. These things take time.