Nothing brings out the color of your eyes like well-chosen accessories. Makeup and clothing are obvious complements as well, but there’s something about sparkling gemstones that really make your eye color pop. Here are a few unique ways to match your jewelry to your eyes for maximum impact.
The simplest way to match jewelry to your eyes is to choose gemstones in the same color family. The shades don’t have to be exactly the same, but they should have the same undertones. This means that warm red, orange, yellow, brown and green stones can be worn by people whose eyes have a reddish or yellowy tinge. Conversely, cool-toned blues and violets look great on people who have blue, gray or very dark brown eyes. Pale lavender aquamarines are a lovely accent for deep brown eyes. Purples pull gray or even taupe next to neutral browns, making them surprisingly subtle and wearable. If you have light brown or hazel eyes, consider yellow citrine stones or light green peridots. Blue stones like dark sapphires and light teal aquamarines are universally flattering for all eye colors.
If you want to match your jewelry to the exact color of your eyes, choose your pieces wisely. Gems that are too big will draw attention away from your eyes. You also need to consider the length and color of your hair when wearing earrings. Light blue or green stones might get lost amidst long blonde hair. They would stand out more against dark hair. The same goes for dark stones: long dark hair might obscure them, defeating the purpose of wearing the jewelry in the first place.
The undertone rule for gemstones applies to metals as well. If your eyes have cooler undertones, wear silver, white gold or platinum. Warmer eyes are complemented by gold, bronze and rose gold. Of course, there is a great deal of wiggle room when it comes to metals. White metals go well with every outfit and complexion, and gold is generally inescapable. You can still wear your nice gold jewelry even if you have blue eyes. You just have to make sure that the rest of your ensemble has enough cool tones to balance out the yellow in the gold. Black leather or materials can be worn with any eye color. Browns can be tricky if your eyes are blue or a cooler shade of brown, but they are still wearable as long as the stones are the right color.
Your jewelry doesn’t always have to match your eyes. Eyes are always striking no matter what, and a lovely piece of jewelry will always garner compliments. Matching your jewelry to your eyes creates a specific effect, but it is not an essential component of looking nice on a daily basis. However, if you’re interested in the monochromatic aesthetic, make sure that at least your earrings and necklaces match your eyes. Keep the clashing stones and metals on your wrists and fingers.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try playing with sizes and shapes. If a necklace has multiple prominent stone embellishments, they shouldn’t be further apart than your eyes are. The stones’ settings also shouldn’t be larger than your eyes. Wear round stone settings if your eyes are round, and wear ovals if your eyes are more almond shaped. Take your makeup into consideration, but only as a loose guideline. Minimal eye makeup calls for streamlined, simple jewelry; statement pieces have a tendency to overwhelm a face that isn’t fully made up. Heavy eyeliner or a contoured smoky eye calls for equally dramatic jewelry. Match deep makeup to rich gems and substantial settings.