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How to Accessorize: Choosing the Right Jewelry for You

woman wearing jewelry for formal dress including a black pendant necklace and earrings

Because jewelry adorns the most noticeable, delicate areas of your body — your neckline, ears, fingers, and wrists — it’s absolutely true what they say: It's all in the details. 

Choosing the right jewelry and accessorizing well starts with considering the occasion, your skin tone, your style and personality, and even the neckline of your outfit.

Jewelry can bring out your sense of style while leaving a lasting impression. Here’s how you can choose the right pieces of jewelry that are perfectly you.

How to Accessorize: Matching the Right Styles

When paired properly, accessories can elevate, enhance, or accentuate any outfit. You may have a pair of go-to earrings for your favorite LBD or a bracelet you always wear to work.

Regardless of your favorite jewelry options, properly picked jewelry can definitely bring an entire outfit together by complementing both the color and style. However, it’s important to note that the wrong jewelry can accomplish the same by ruining an otherwise beautiful look. 

➤ That’s why building a jewelry wardrobe is essential for creating a stylish look each time that fits your style, personality, skin tone, and more. The task doesn’t have to be overly difficult either.  

When matching your jewelry, the occasion will often determine which pieces you decide to go with. 

Some examples of dressing for the occasion include:

  • If you’re dressing up for an event like a cocktail party, wedding, or date night, pieces that are elegant and formal are the best option — so think of lavish jewels in classic styles. 
  • Always remember, just like with clothes, some jewelry is meant for everyday wear, while other pieces are meant for more formal occasions. 
  • Understated that pieces such as stud earrings and simple necklaces are great examples of jewelry that you can wear with casual looks. 
  • On the other hand, pieces that are big, bold, and embellished are more suited for dressier occasions. (Just keep in mind you’ll always need a few jewelry pieces that make a statement.)
  • Statement jewelry should build off the basics you already have in your collection and can be anything from bold gemstones to intricate metalwork designs. These pieces add a flare to your outfits and can really show off your personality, allowing you to change them out to fit the fashion season.

What Color Jewelry? Choosing Colors to Match Your Skin Tone

While your skin tone may not be a part of your outfit, it still plays a part in what you decide to wear. 

Consider the fact that you most likely already have colors you don’t like to wear, or you don’t think compliment your complexion. Perhaps reds wash you out, or orange is too harsh for your skin tone. Now apply what you know about clothing colors to your jewelry options as well. 

Should you wear silver vs. gold jewelry? What color gemstones work best with your skin tone? Just like the color of your clothes can make your skin tone look good, the jewelry you choose can complement your complexion as well. 

  • Cooler skin tones tend to go well with white, gold, and silver, as well as jewel tones like red, purple, and blue. 
  • Gold does best with warmer tones and stands out from darker hair making yellows, oranges, and greens the optimal jewel options. 
  • Neutral skin tones pair well with both gold and silver and most gemstone colors.

This doesn’t mean you can’t wear the other if you happen to have a specific skin tone. It simply means that gold and silver highlight and complement two different complexions. 

So, what’s the difference between a silver or gold skin tone? Well, that all depends on the skin’s undertone or the tint beneath your skin which we identified earlier: cool vs. warm. 

First, you can take a look at your natural hair color. Often, those with icy blond or light brown hair have a cool skin undertone, whereas dark brown, black, and caramel blond hair is usually associated with a warm undertone. Red hair can either accompany a cool, warm, or even neutral skin tone. 

Now, if you choose to dye your hair this won’t affect your skin’s natural undertone and won’t alter what jewelry looks best against your skin. 

One additional option is to try shining a light over the veins in your wrist. If these look blue or purple, then you have a cool undertone. If they are yellow or green, then you have a warm undertone. If your veins aren’t visible, then it’s likely you have a neutral undertone and have a few more choices when it comes to jewelry options.

All Things Necklaces

Higher necklines — such as a turtleneck or a collared shirt — can benefit from statement or layered necklaces. Layered necklaces can be better for more professional settings, while a large statement piece is fantastic for going out. Plain tops and solid shirts can always use a necklace — simple or bold — to add definition and create interest. 

If you’re wearing a flowy or loose shirt, consider using a necklace to give your body definition and prevent the shirt from overwhelming your look. It can also be a smart idea for these necklaces to have a heavier texture — such as a metalwork design - so they can stand out against the fabric.

Choosing the Right Earrings

Bold earrings have the ability to truly turn an everyday outfit into a luxe statement, while studs are perfect for everyday outfits and more professional settings. Either way you go, earrings in general can instantly bring attention to your face, making them ideal for when you want to catch a bit of extra attention. 

In fact, it’s actually a great idea to incorporate statement earrings for both dressing up or simply going out. For maximum effect, try choosing earring colors that contrast with your hair color for the earring to be seen.

Ring Size Matters: How to Measure Your Ring Size

Here’s the great thing about rings: they literally go with every outfit. That’s why we have wedding rings and not wedding watches, for instance. And finding the most accurate measurement is best achieved by purchasing your own ring-measurement tool. 

They don’t tend to be expensive, and there are many options online. Ring-sizing tools fall into two categories: a thin measuring tape or a keyring lined with a gradient of ring sizes. 

Plus, you can keep these on hand to measure when you’re shopping for rings for other people in your family, too. And remember, unlike bracelets, rings look super cute with long-sleeve shirts. That little bit of sparkle draws the eye towards your fingers and hands, especially since you’re mostly covered up otherwise.

Accessorize with Jewelry from Zink Metals 

From statement pieces to everyday, go-to jewelry, Zink Metals jewelry offers one-of-a-kind, wearable pieces that are unlike anything you've seen before. 

Looking for a captivating pop of color? 

Zink Metals’ has many gemstone jewelry pieces that add a colorful addition to your style. From garnet rings to yellow necklace pendants, our Color Collection will brighten a simple black dress or compliment a multi-color ensemble.

Orange Kyanite Necklace

model wearing the Orange Kyanite Necklace from Zink Metals

Iron Oxide in Quartz Necklace 

Iron Oxide in Quartz Necklace from Zink Metals

Discover more of our Color Collection

Love unique silver jewelry?  

Zink Metals has a wide selection of simple silver jewelry pieces for everyday wear. From simple silver studs and dangle earrings to delicate steel and silver rings to chain link necklaces, we specialize in silver jewelry for all occasions.  

Broken Silver Stud Earrings

Broken Silver Stud Earrings from Zink Metals

Broken Tourmaline Earrings

model wearing Broken Tourmaline earrings and pendant necklace from Zink Metals


Find more silver pieces in our Broken Silver Collection. 



Find more beautiful, handmade jewelry in our other collections, or shop by item type on our website: https://shop.zinkmetals.com/.