In a 2011 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Elizabeth Taylor gave us a narrow glimpse into her famous infatuation with jewelry. She notably exclaimed: “I love to be casual and comfortable, but I also love the easy glamour of wearing jewelry all the time.” Matching jewelry to an outfit can radically transform your look. A simple black ensemble can go from sleek and chic to vivaciously glamorous with the right assortment of complimentary jewelry.
We created a “How to Match Jewelry” guide to help you identify the best jewelry styles for popular color palettes. We also include a few evergreen jewelry styling tips to give you a foundation from which to build your own, unique style.
Matching Jewelry Metals
Before we dive into the best jewelry matches for each color palette, it is important to note which colors pair nicely with the core metal colors: white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold.
White gold is, by nature, a cool-toned metal. White gold (and silver for personal reference) pairs best with cool tones on the color wheel like green, navy, and violet.
A white gold metal looks brilliant with a diamond, sapphire, emerald, or plum garnet gemstone since these all fall within the cool-toned gemstones. Whether you are choosing an engagement ring and wedding band, or matching everyday jewelry to a particular outfit, white gold and cool tones are the way to go.