This post is part two of "What is Your Jewelry Personality." If you haven't read part one, read it first.
This series is a great way to visually explore your favorite looks and feels in jewelry design.
This is a multi-part series that I'll keep adding to.
Let's narrow down some choices to finding your personal style. It's about your personality, your lifestyle and your taste.
A version of part 1 was featured in MJSA Journal September 2017! Manufacturers and Jewelers of America.
In this part we'll dive into metal color combos, width and height for your ring.
Do You Like to Combine Metal Colors?
Rose and Yellow Gold
Frequently people ask me for rose gold and white gold or yellow gold and white gold.
If you are leaning toward rose gold do read my warnings about designing with rose gold.
The more details you incorporate into your multi-color metal ring, the more the colors will give a feeling of depth. They will show up better too.
Yellow and White Metal
When you use white and yellow metals, you get the biggest pop of the metal color combinations.
After some years of wearing your two tone ring, you may feel like you wish the look and pop of the two metal colors were more pronounced. I recommend having the yellow gold, gold plated and the white metal, rhodium plated. It'll look brand new. And it'll pop like the sun.
Rose and White Metal
This combination is cooler in tone with white and rose. Rose gold is a more subtle metal color and yet a touch of its brightness changes a design for the better.
Would You Like Black Rhodium With That?
Just like hand engraving, black rhodium plating can add depth and distinctive flair to your ring.
Narrow, Medium or Wide Style?
The width and height of the ring you choose isn't just about your 'small hands' or 'big boned fingers' or 'puffy fingers.' It's about the age and condition of your skin. Your jewelry personality should take these details into account for your best look.
It's about whether you have larger knuckles that might cause your ring to spin. It's about whether you have a big personality or are more shy.
It's about the details you wish for your ring. If you want your hand engraving to show, go for a wider shank. It's a bigger deal than some people think the width of your ring. Here are some choices with examples. I talk about this more in Thin or Thick Engagement Rings, Which Looks Best?
For young fingers the thin shank shows off young pretty skin and highlights your diamond. Your diamond actually looks larger against a thinner ring shank.
A medium thickness of shank works better than thin when your ring design is more detailed. Fingers with larger knuckles also do better with more width in their ring.
Width and height of shanks make a difference in helping to keep your ring from turning. A wide low to the hand style tends to look beautiful, but not get in the way. A wider shanked ring is less likely to try to spin. An athletic or active lifestyle often calls for a ring that doesn't interfere with your life.
Overall Height of Your Ring
Some reasons for a lower set ring include, smaller gemstones, convenience and size of your fingers.
With medium you show off your gemstone but don't reach for the stars in height.
Sometimes setting your gemstone up a bit higher than usual creates the look you love.
Setting it higher gives you more room to design gorgeous details in the gallery. (Side view below center design.)
It's amazing how many permutations there are in jewelry design. And it's funny, but these little details like width and height can make a real difference in how your ring complements your hand. Figuring out your jewelry personality is not just fun to do, but makes sure your jewelry makes you look and feel great.
Your Personal Jeweler,