Every woman deserves to have a breathtaking piece of gold jewelry, but which type is the most flattering for you?
In any shape and color, gold jewelry is enchanting, especially when surrounded by beautiful diamonds.
But, here’s the thing: like your BFF, jewelry should always flatter you and make you feel great about yourself—and there are so many varieties of gold, it’s easy to make the wrong choice and look washed out or discolored instead of fabulous. Knowing which shade of gold looks best on you guarantees that you’ll always look amazing with any of our ZYDO pieces.
In this post, we’ll tell you all about the three main color categories of gold jewelry and which one is best for your complexion.
Sounds good? Let’s go for the gold!
Before we start trying some pretty pieces on with YOUR complexion, let’s start with the theory behind our matching principles.
Have you ever wondered why some gold jewelry looks amazing on you, while other pieces seem to hate you? Have you ever lusted after a stunning gem-studded piece, then reconsidered because it didn’t quite make you look like a red carpet diva?
We feel your pain!
The answer is skin deep. We’re talking about your undertone—how warm or cool your skin tone is. This is very different from your skin color, and it affects the way certain colors (like the ones in your clothing, hair, jewelry, and even makeup) look on you.
Knowing your undertone can help you make the best styling choices—which will bring out the inner glow we know every ZYDO woman has.
How to find your undertone
First, find a spot with plenty of natural light—don’t try to figure out your undertone at the makeup counter or under the harsh lighting of your office—overhead artificial light won’t show your real color.
Expose your wrists—roll up your sleeves and take off bracelets, watches, anything that isn’t skin. Look at the veins on the undersides of your wrists. What’s their color?
Are your veins blue or purple? You have a cool undertone.
Are your veins green? You have a warm undertone.
Is it too close to call? You’re in luck, because you have a neutral undertone and can rock just about any color you desire.
Another test we recommend, especially in the summer, is how your complexion is affected by the sun. But be safe! Do not try this out without slathering on sunscreen and taking all the precautions at the beach or poolside to keep your beautiful skin protected.
Do you tend to burn easily under the sun? You have a cool undertone.
Do you develop a tan while lounging by the pool with your mojito? You have a warm undertone, regardless of whether your tan appears immediately after, or later in the day.
Now that we’ve got the theory out of the way, it’s time to talk about the types of gold.
First of all: every shade of gold has yellow gold as a base. The different shades of gold you see on the market come from creating an alloy—a mixture of gold with other metals—to create a different color or to add hardness or durability.
When yellow gold is 100% pure (unblended), it’s called 24K (24 carat). However, 24K gold is surprisingly soft, which makes it hard to hold a complex shape and vulnerable to scratches and nicks. Most commonly, jewelers work with 18K gold—an alloy of 75% gold and 25% other metals. ZYDO uses silver and copper in its 18K alloy—precious metals that maintain the luster and smoothness in gold, and don’t compete with its warm yellow.
Yellow gold jewelry looks amazing on women with a warm undertone skin. If you have an olive tone, you’ll look like a classic golden goddess with yellow gold jewelry.
First up, these yellow gold huggie earrings with diamonds from our Spiral Collection.
Giving a modern twist to the traditional huggie earrings, this pair is perfect for both the office and a night out with your friends. It features 0.61cts of round diamonds, in an elegant design.
Next up, give a dose of shine to your complexion with this stretch bracelet.
You have the right to look amazing and be comfortable while doing so, and this bracelet is perfect for the task. It showcases 12.55cts of beautiful yellow sapphires, accentuated by 0.74cts of sparkling round diamonds. It’s easy to slip on if you’re in a hurry and just need one accessory to bring your outfit together.
Brighten up your fingers with this yellow gold flower ring with diamonds that will further flatter your warm complexion.
Part of the Luminal Collection, this ring features two beautiful flowers formed from 2.76cts of sparkling marquise, pear, and round diamonds.
This rich pale shade of gold is achieved with an alloy of silver and palladium—but the element that gives white gold its trademark shine is rhodium.
White gold is the perfect shade for women with a cool undertone. The following three pieces are right up your alley.
If you want to add a touch of luxury to your office look, this white gold stretch bracelet is your best choice. It features a trendy design while remaining versatile and comfortable, with 0.87cts of dainty round diamonds. Ideal for a daytime look.
Do you have a night out in the near future? Land among the stars with these octagonal dangle earrings.
Picture yourself getting out of your date’s car (he opened the door, of course!), with a little black dress, sultry red lips and these earrings framing your face.
He, and every man in the room, won’t be able to take his eyes off you, we guarantee it. The 2.20cts of round and emerald cut diamonds will steal the spotlight wherever you go.
To complete the look, how about this white gold ring?
Why have a solitaire diamond when you can have 12 of them around your finger? This ring shows you that you can’t really have too much of a good thing. It features 1.68cts of sparkling marquise, pear, and round diamonds in a delightful and eye-catching design.
Rose gold is everyone’s steady friend—flattering warm, cool, and neutral tones alike with its soft auburn palette. You’ll always look stunning with rose gold jewelry—it’s unique, and gives your look an air of vintage romance.
Copper gives rose gold its trademark tone, but it also makes the jewelry piece stronger and more durable.
Get ready to be charmed by these pieces that put rose gold’s charming, timeless character forward.
First up, this stunning pendant with diamonds:
Made from 18kt rose gold, what stands out on this pendant are the 0.50cts of dazzling marquise and princess cut diamonds. Arranged around an illusion setting, they look like the prettiest medal of all.
What should you wear with this pendant? You should keep the rest of your look in the background, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add any more rose gold!
This stretch rose gold bracelet is the right companion for your look, no matter if it’s for the daytime or for a relaxed evening outing. It features 4.38cts of sparkling round diamonds, in a classic Art Deco look.
But, what if instead of something classic, you want to wear something more daring? Then, this beautiful cocktail ring is your best bet!
Part of the Spiral collection, everyone will be hypnotized by this ring’s shine, so be sure to match it with your best manicure! It features 1.16cts of round diamonds in an elegant design.
At ZYDO, we love gold—and that’s all there is to it. Great handcrafters have had a love affair with gold since the beginning of time because of its natural beauty, versatility, and ability to complement any woman’s look. We think our beautiful, handmade pieces are proof of our passion. We love each shade of gold equally and want you to wear the one that will bring out your best features and make you feel like the star you are.
For more inspiration, take a look at our website and treat yourself!