Shopping for a unique engagement ring leaves a couple with almost endless possibilities. Most people think of getting creative with their engagement ring in terms of gemstone options—which shape to choose or whether to stick with a traditional white diamond rather than a colored gemstone. However, few people think about selecting an engagement ring based on whether it will complement their skin tone.
Skin tones can be separated into two basic categories: cool and warm. Warm and cool skin tones are determined by the hue that an individual’s veins take on through their skin. If your veins appear blue through your skin you are classified as a cool skin tone, whereas those whose veins appear green through their skin are classified as warm skin tones. As a celebrity gauge, think of Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Hudson as examples of cool skin tones, while individuals like Nicole Kidman, Marcia Cross, Cameron Diaz, and Amy Adams serve as warm skin tones.
If your skin tone is warm, a traditional yellow gold is ideal for you. That is not to say that a bride with a warm skin tone wouldn’t look beautiful in a white or rose gold band, but the traditional yellow gold best complements this skin type. The cool skin tones tend to rock the rose gold best, but can also dazzle in white or a traditional yellow gold. If you are trying to decide if rose gold is ideal for you, it might help to remember that rose gold works best on skin tones that reside on the extreme ends of both the warm and cool spectrum. Dark skin tones, such as Eva Mendes and Jennifer Hudson, provide a beautiful contrast that brings out both the lush tones in darker skin and the classically feminine hues present in rose gold. Similarly, extremely fair skin provides a comparable contrast. Paler skin tones, such as Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams, gleam in contrast to the rose gold.
Regardless of your skin tone, it is important to ultimately listen to your instincts. If you try on a rose gold unique engagement ring and it just feels right, then embrace it. Let your inner jewelry aficionado be your guide!