Throughout history, yellow gold has been synonymous with fine jewelry, and it remains a classic choice today. However, we now have access to a wider range of metals in a variety of colors. Fashion jewelry and fine jewelry alike is now available in various white and yellow metals each with their individual properties. For most people, it comes down to personal preference, but there are other factors to consider when choosing which metal is most appropriate for your jewelry. These factors include things like skin tone, skin sensitivities, price, and durability. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose the right metal for your costume jewelry.
Personal Color Preferences
One of the main things to think about when choosing what type of metal to use in your fashion jewelry is personal preference. We all have our ideas about what looks good, but often these choices are rooted in other contributing factors, such as what looks good with our coloring. Yellow metals can wash out those with a naturally pale complexion but will look beautiful on those with a warm skin tone. Yellow metal looks particularly good on darker skin. Meanwhile, white metals like silver, platinum and white gold suit most skin tones.
Creating Color Harmony
Color preference also extends to cover what metal colors look best with other colors in a piece of jewelry. Some colors complement each other beautifully while others clash and do not look visually appealing. The color is an important thing to consider where there will be colored gemstones, rhinestones or other embellishments paired with the metal elements of fashion jewelry. Some examples of the impact that metal color has on a gemstone include the following:
- A colorless or transparent gemstone can be enhanced by a white metal setting, as it will blend seamlessly;
- Vividly colored gemstones will pop against white metal because of the contrast in the colors;
- In gemstones that are a pale color, white metals will not work as well, as they will draw out unwanted yellow tones
Consider the Weight of the Metal
Another thing to consider when thinking about what type of metal is best for your fashion jewel is the weight of the metal. The weight is particularly important depending on the kind of fashion jewelry in question. Watches are usually best made from heavier metals, although lighter, more durable metals are also commonly used. However, for earrings or a necklace, a lighter metal is preferred. Consider how the weight of the metal is going to feel when it is worn when you choose fashion jewelry. However, keep in mind that you can still enjoy the color without having pure metal. For example, if you like the gold color, but it is too weighty you can choose a lighter gold plated metal rather than solid gold.
One thing that most people tend to overlook when choosing fashion jewelry is how easy it is to maintain. Certain metals require more maintenance that others and that can be a deciding factor in choosing jewelry! For example, Sterling Silver needs regular polishing to make sure that it does not tarnish and is much more high maintenance than other white metals. Gold and Platinum do not tend to tarnish, but skin oils, cleaning products, and makeup can dull the color of the metal. If low maintenance is what you are looking for, then stainless steel and tungsten are the smartest options for your fashion jewelry.
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