How to Choose Jewelry That Makes Your Eyes Pop

how to match jewelry to your eyes

Whether your eyes are a deep brown or light blue, there is a simple way to make your eye color truly pop: jewelry.

According to the time-old saying, “Eyes are the windows to the soul.” Although that might be slightly overstated, there’s no doubt that a person’s eyes are one of his or her most noticeable features. In fact, it’s often the feature that is first noticed during introductions.

Makeup and clothing are obvious complements as well, but there’s something about sparkling gemstones that really make your eye color pop. By selecting the right gemstones for your earrings, you can make your eyes appear brighter and more vivid no matter what hue you were born with.

Although your first instinct might be to match your earrings and eye color, it’s actually best to opt for colored gemstones that subtly highlight your eye color by making a contrast with it. Matching colors can actually distract and cause both eye color and jewelry to go unnoticed.

Makeup artists typically stress the importance of wearing one’s eye makeup that is in contrast with their eye color – and the same goes for jewelry. Wearing colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel creates a dramatic effect.
Here are some helpful tips on how to choose jewelry to have eyes that “pop” in no time.

Blue eyes

Blue eyes look lovely and really pop when accented with gemstones that are high in contrast to their soft hue.

By opting for colors that are more neutral, the flecks of color in blue eyes are highlighted. For blue eyes, you can focus on the simple colors black, silver and gray and look into gemstones such as black opal, moonstone, sodalite, and grey agate.

Blue and orange are color complements. And compliments are incidentally what you will be getting when you try this neat color trick. Wearing an orange colored gem in close proximity to your blue eyes makes both colors appear even more visually exciting. As a result, blue is able to truly shine.

If your eyes are blue, wearing fire opals will give your baby blues maximum impact. Agate and quartz are also the perfect gemstones to help blue eyes sparkle.

If you are on a budget, try citrine on for size.

Hazel eyes

Hazel colored eyes are undeniably stunning. With hints of green, brown and even blue, hazel colored eyes are always shifting.

Because of this, it’s important to choose jewelry that highlights all elements of the mysterious hazel color. Instead of choosing green or brown gemstones, opt for pinks and purples. These romantic hues allow hazel colored eyes to shine in all their glory.

Hazel eyes also look beautiful when paired with turquoise, teal and other shades of green and blue, because they help to bring out the specks of yellow flecks commonly found in hazel eyes.

Eyes of hazel will amaze when partnered up with tantalizing tanzanite as well.

The warm hue of hazel will appear more active and prominent when you wear a passive pastel like the lovely lavender of tanzanite. Pairing up active and passive colors will make your hazel eyes come out of the haze and into the spotlight.

Amethyst gemstone, the purple variety of quartz, will also set off your hazel eyes.

Purple is a color often associated with royalty, which adds to amethyst’s appeal. When shopping for gemstones to complement hazel eyes, choose pink tourmaline or amethyst. 

Brown Eyes

Brown eyes have inspired countless artists throughout the years. From Van Morrison’s song “Brown Eyed Girl” to “Brown Eyes” by Lady Gaga, brown eyes have been immortalized in popular culture.

For those with deep chocolate brown eyes, you’re quite lucky, as most colors look amazing with your coloring. To truly highlight brown eyes, opt for green or blue gemstones. Blue sapphire or emerald would be the perfect place to start.

Fire up your brown eyes with bright blue sapphires. By putting a cool color like blue next to the warmth of your brown eyes, you will find that your Bambi browns look instantly more appealing. Choose sapphires of at least a half carat or more, and invest in a vivid color like Ceylon sapphire.

Stay away from darker sapphires; the effect will be lost.

For a less expensive alternative, consider adding iolite earrings to your jewelry collection. Look for stones in larger sizes with vivid color saturation. Iolite is more subdued in color than fine sapphires, but more affordable and will still achieve the desired effect.

You’ll also want to look for amethyst and jade stones in your personalized earrings. Forest green and purple are also great choices in accenting brown eyes.

The contrast will allow brown eyes to steal the show.

Gray eyes

Nothing brings out the sparkle in gray eyes like the icy gleam of diamonds. You can make your eyes look amazing by pairing the neutral tone of gray with equally achromatic white.

And one of the biggest jobs that a diamond does is reflect white light back to the eyes. As if you needed another excuse for dolling up in those diamond studs! If sizeable diamond studs are out of your price range, consider white topaz as an alternative.

The expressiveness of gray eyes is also quite emphasized by the greenish shades of the stones: agate, alexandrite, turquoise, light green beryl, uvarovite – green variety of garnet, malachite, and chrysoprase.

Green eyes

Lastly, we come to green eyes, which is the rarest eye color in existence. It’s estimated that only 2% of the population has green eyes.

As the rarest eye color in the world, green eyes are remarkably special. In order to make them shine even more, opt for jewelry that is gold or gray, and look into shades of gray and yellow. In other words, the possibilities are almost endless!

Sterling silver and yellow gold jewelry look perfect when worn with green eyes.

Choose a bold silver statement piece necklace adorned with contrasting turquoise for a brilliant look.

Ever wonder why stars like Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore frequently dress in green? Because red and green are a killer combination!

Make your green eyes the envy of others when you wear red rubies. A generously sized stud earring will really set off your eyes. Or opt for opaque ruby briolette drop earrings. Select rubies that lean toward the desirable “pigeon’s blood” red for maximum effect; rubies that are too pink will not create as dramatic an effect.

Other gemstones in the red spectrum include spinel and garnet. Make sure there is sufficient red in your garnets; this gemstone can lean towards browns and dark pinks. Spinel, on the other hand, possesses a deep true red that is often mistaken for ruby.

Both silver and gold jewelry looks wonderful with green. Earrings with a miniature green detail and gold finishes are pure perfection for green-eyed beauties.

Other aspects to consider

The undertone rule for gemstones applies to metals as well.

Of course, there is a great deal of wiggle room when it comes to metals. If your eyes have cooler undertones, wear silver, white gold or platinum. Warmer eyes are complemented by gold, bronze and rose gold.

White metals go well with every outfit and complexion, and gold is generally inescapable. You can still wear your nice gold jewelry even if you have blue eyes.

You just have to make sure that the rest of your ensemble has enough cool tones to balance out the yellow in the gold.

If you want to match your jewelry to the exact color of your eyes, choose your pieces wisely. Gems that are too big will draw attention away from your eyes.

If you’re feeling ambitious, try playing with sizes and shapes. If a necklace has multiple prominent stone embellishments, they shouldn’t be further apart than your eyes are. The stones’ settings also shouldn’t be larger than your eyes. Wear round stone settings if your eyes are round, and wear ovals if your eyes are more almond shaped.

Did our information on color theory give you new ideas about how to wear gemstones? Visit our online jewelry collections and find the perfect piece to treat your eyes today! Try our suggestions and see if the eyes have it!