Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Diamonds Are... Whose Best Friend Again? What Your Features Have To Do With Picking Out Jewelry

by Tammy May

Good jewelry will look fabulous on everyone no matter what, right? Well, it turns out, not so much. Lots of what makes fine jewelry really sparkle is the canvas it's placed on -- in this case, that's you. But how can you know what cuts, colors, and settings will look fab and which will just look sad? If you're wondering exactly what your features have to do with picking out jewelry, then here's what you need to know.

Seasons matter for your fixtures

You might have heard the terms summer, winter, spring, or autumn applied to people, rather than the weather outside before, but do you know which one you are? It's a good idea to find out, since the colors of jewelry settings you'll compliment the best tend to depend on your complexion. Once you've tested yourself and know what season you (generally) belong to, take this into account: gold tends to look better on spring and autumn people, while the cooler silver works better on summers and winters.

Know your stones

Colorless diamonds might actually be everyone's best friend, because they look equally stunning on everyone, no matter what the color of their hair, eyes, or skin. But other than similarly colored stones like opals or moonstones, certain gems will look better on you than others.

For a warm, vibrant complexion with dark hair and/or eyes, fiery gems like garnets will suit you nicely. Other top contenders are rubies, amethysts, and citrine. If you sport a cooler, more regal air, you might want to go with something more serene, like the pale blue aquamarine. If you're looking for something a little less seaworthy, you may want to consider gems like peridot, sapphire, or turquoise.

Shape it up

But it's not just gemstone or fixture color that you should take into consideration when eyeing that new pair of earrings or the diamond necklace -- you need to pay close attention to the shape the jewelry takes. There are a thousand and one variations in cut that jewelers can use in order to make this specific piece stand out, but there are some general rules for figuring out which cut will look best. 

Bold, square-cut jewelry -- princess, emerald, or diamond cut -- tends to favor those with rounder shapes -- the contrast helps to balance out your overall look and create a cohesive tone. Likewise, if you feel you're a little more angled than you'd like, tone it down with teardrop, pear, or oval-cut jewelry.

Visit a jeweler like Mollie B Distinctively Different Fine Jewelry today with these tips in mind. You'll be able to find the perfect jewel for your unique look.


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.