Gemstones come in all colors of the rainbow, and choosing just one for your jewelry might be a difficult decision. However, you might have already figured out that some colors look better against your skin than others and many of us gravitate to those ideal hues. Your unique skin tone plays with or against different hues, and this is why certain colors may be more flattering than others.
So what gems look best when set against your skin tone? Choosing your ideal gem hue is all about distinguishing cool hues from warm. However, some gemstones look good on all skin tones and are considered neutral choices.
Gems Ideal for Warm Skin Tones
Yellow undertones are the hallmark of a warmer complexion. Your skin may be melanin blessed or a warm shade of ivory. If your skin gives off a warm glow, then set your earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces with these gorgeous gems:
Yellow Topaz and Citrine: Sunny yellow exudes warmth, and if you’re a November baby then Topaz is your gem of choice! But also choose sunny-hued topaz and citrine if you want a gem that will melt with your warmer hued skin.
Alexandrite: This stone can be a little Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as it may seem piney green one minute and a burnt red tone the next. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the stone’s color trick is based on the light in which it’s viewed—artificial light causes the Alexandrite to blush red!
Garnet: Known for their pomegranate red hue (which also inspired the gem’s name), Garnets are a brick blood red. These gems look amazing with warmer hued metals and warmer skin tones. Garnet is the birthstone for January!
Sunstone: As its name suggests, Sunstone features the hue of the sun. According to the GIA, Sunstone typically displays “aventuresence,” which is a dazzling and sparkly type of brilliance.
Morganite: Millennial Pink in gem form! This rosy and blushing stone is pink in hue with a warmth that lends to the rose gold/millennial pink trend.
Gems to Flatter Cool Undertones
Amethyst: Deep purple in hue, amethyst is February’s gemstone. The cool velvety violet gem is often used as a calming stone. As amethyst is fairly inexpensive, you can also choose bigger stones without a steep price tag.
Aquamarine: Cool, ocean blue, aquamarine is named for water, but it also represents the hue of the sky. March babies call this gemstone as their own.
Emerald: While emerald’s can come in different shades of green, the best gems favor a lighter hue of the color. Emeralds are the birthstone of May, which is the month that spring begins to blossom into summer and the lush greenery is abundant in nature.
Peridot: Like a green Granny Smith Apple, the hue of Peridot is crisp and tart! Peridot pops against cool skin hues and is the favored stone of August birthdays!
Tanzanite: Tanzanite is violet in hue but also features a glint of red in its depth and color scheme. GIA notes that Tanzanite lives only in one place—near Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Turquoise: This sky blue gemstone is often featured in southwestern jewelry and also was treasured by many Native American tribes. Cut this sleek gem in cabochons or use it as beads in a necklace or ring.
Some gems look great on everyone! If you are on the hunt for classic neutral hues, choose these versatile gems:
Diamonds: White diamonds are nearly colorless. Because of this crystal clean appearance, diamonds look great on everyone!
Opal: Choose fiery red opals, blue opals or the classic multi-hued opal. These gems are filled with dimensions of color, and this depth and unique composition make the stone ideal for all skin tones.
Pearl: These gemstones from the sea come in many different hues. Blush pink, cream, and even black. But the creamy traditional pearl looks amazing on everyone!
Ruby: Red is the color of passion, love, fire. And red rubies flatter all skin tones. While July’s birth celebrants call this gem their own, the ruby is actually one of the most popular—and expensive—gemstones.
Sapphire: Navy blue is a classic neutral, and maybe this is why the blue sapphire is so beloved. The rich velvety hue plays well with cool and warm undertones and also complements many other gemstones! However, sapphires also can be found in many other colors. In fact, Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring features a coveted padparadscha sapphire. This type of sapphire is a blushing salmon pink.
There are many different colors and types of gemstones, and the options may be overwhelming if you’re trying to find the perfect gem for your jewelry. You might already know what colors flatter your skin tone and this makes it easier to select a gem in a similar shade. But if you really want to play it safe, opt for a neutral hued gemstone, because you can never go wrong with a classic neutral!