No one wants to sink a load of money into an expensive piece of jewellery that looks amazing in the shop but doesn’t dazzle against your skin. Everyone has a preference, but not every metal tone will flatter your skin tone. Regardless of trends or styles, you need to be aware of how certain metal hues will appear against your skin tone. 

Take a look at our guide to making the most out of various shades of gold and find your perfect match. 


Even the most beautiful piece of jewellery will struggle to shine if mismatched with your skin tone. You may be head over heels for that beautiful piece of antique jewellery, but hold it against the back of your hand and see how it looks against your skin tone, not just in the display case. If it’s not a match to your undertones, you may find the jewellery looks oddly dull against your skin. 

Undertones make a huge difference to how different colours will appear on your skin. There are three main categories of skin undertone: cool, warm, and neutral. To find out which undertone you have, look at the veins on your wrist: 

  • Green/olive veins suggest you have warm undertones. 
  • Blue/purple veins suggest you have a cool undertone to your skin. 
  • Blue/green veins suggests a neutral undertone. 

Once you’ve figured out your undertone, picking the right metal is easy. In this article, we’ll be exploring gold jewellery. 

Cool undertones

Pale metals pop on cool tone skins. For gold, this means looking to white gold for your jewellery choices. The bright hue of white gold will bring freshness to your cooler tone. Plus, it works fantastically with brightly coloured gemstones. The brighter, the better with white gold. Think emeralds and amethysts against the subtle backdrop of white gold. For example, a Colombian emerald set in white gold would truly flatter a cool-toned redhead. 

Warm undertones

Warm skin tones are flattered by yellow gold. You can also embrace the always-trendy rose gold too, as its hint of copper will serve your warmer tone well. 

Pair this with natural-hued gemstones. They look amazing with yellow and rose golds, as they work with the metal’s stunning shades rather than trying to steal the spotlight. Think citrine and turquoise for a splash of colour that isn’t competing with the gold. A vintage, yellow gold brooch set with citrine would be a marvellous choice for anyone with warm skin tones. 

Neutral undertones

If you have a neutral skin tone, everything will suit you! Everything from white gold to yellow gold will flatter your skin, so you really can’t go wrong with your selection. You’ll get to have your pick of jewellery styles and designs, all safe in the knowledge that the metal will complement your skin tone. 

This is just a guide, of course. The main reason for purchasing a piece of jewellery should be simple — that you love it and it makes you feel good! Just because you have a cool undertone, don’t feel like you can’t wear any yellow gold, for instance. If you love it, your confidence will show when you wear it!