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Matching Skin Tones with Pearls

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Matching Skin Tones with Pearls

Lustrous pearls and high-quality diamonds are guaranteed to accentuate your looks. In the case of pearls, this is because the eye of the beholder cannot separate the lustre of a pearl from the glow of the wearer’s skin.

With this in mind, the right pearls against a woman’s skin are in effect the best facelift she could ever have. The added bonus? It’s a lot less painful and expensive! Those ‘facelift’ effects can be further enhanced by choosing the right pearl colour for your unique skin tone. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to match skin tones with pearls.

The importance of variety

Pearls are a unique gem in so many different ways. One such example is the variety in their colour. White pearls alone can vary from bright white with frosty pink overtones to warm white with peach overtones, or even white with marked golden almost green overtones.

When it comes to enhancing the beauty of different skin tonalities, these small differences in colour will have a huge impact. That’s why it’s so important to go to someone who has both an extensive variety of pearl colours from which to choose; and has the expert knowledge to match the perfect pearl colour to your unique skin tone, therefore accentuating your natural beauty.

Matching pearls to your skin

When matching a client with their pearl colour, it’s important to take into account their skin colour, their skin’s undertone and their eye colour. In some cases, their body type can also come into play.

The iconic Michelle Obama, for example would look fantastic in both crisp white and deep golden pearls. As she is tall, she could carry the effect awarded by large South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls or – as we’ve seen to great effect – generous quantities of layered pearls.

On the other hand, a Japanese skin tone and smaller stature would suit white pearls with green or pink overtones. The most suitable size would be a discreet 7-8mm, unless they wanted to create drama for an entrance, in which case larger pearls would make heads turn.

Another example is a skin tone that tans well, which would suit white pearls with warm peach to gold tones if the wearers eyes are brown. If, however, their eyes are blue or green then a warm white with green tones would be best.

What about hair colour?

Hair colour is the factor we would give the least weight to when considering the right type of pearls. Hair colours and cuts can change like the wind. Basing a choice of pearls on hair colour could leave someone with unsuitable jewellery when they get their hair dyed or restyled.

That said, if the hair colour suits a customer, it will typically suit their skin tone and eye colour too. So, in some cases, hair colour will reflect the right choice of pearls. As an example, a girl with black hair pale skin and ruby lips – what we call the ‘Snow White’ complexion – would really suit a strong white pearl colour with frosty pink overtones.

Finding your perfect pearls

At Coleman Douglas Pearls, we believe the perfect pearls are out there for every person. By finding the right pearls to match your skin tone, eye colour and personal style, you can get the most out of your investment and wear them for years to come.

As time-served pearl experts with a vast inventory of pearls on hand, we’re best placed to match you with the right colour, shape and size of pearls. If you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to book an appointment.


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