Perfect Nail Polish Shades for Your Engagement Ring

Nothing says ‘breathtaking’ like an engagement ring paired with the perfect nail polish shade. Here’s the ultimate how-to guide for new engagement ring owners (and manicure lovers)…

Most of choose a nail polish shade to match our outfit or our skin tone. But when you get engaged, the game changes; you need to do whatever you can to ensure your engagement ring looks its best. Style experts Vogue recently put together a handy guide on what polish shade you should choose based on what colour your gemstone is. So without further ado, here’s what hue is best for you…

Diamond and platinum engagement rings: diamonds are the traditional, timeless choice for engagement rings. So complement yours with a flawless clear nail polish or an expert French manicure. Failing that, stick to a nude shade and avoid eye-catching colour at all costs – you don’t want to distract from that stunning sparkler.

Diamond and gold engagement rings: The classic team of a yellow gold ring topped off with clear white diamond calls for a classic nail polish; fire engine red. A shade that looks great on all skin tones, this will perfectly poise your hands AND your engagement ring for all the compliments. Trust us on this one.

Sapphire engagement rings: The deep blue hue of sapphires is best complemented by light, opaque, pastel shades – especially pale sky blues. Don’t go for a similarly dark and dramatic colours, because you want your stone to steal all the spotlight. If sky blue isn’t for you, consider a shimmering, opal-inspired shade with the barest hint of pastel blue.

Ruby engagement rings; It’s a similar story here. Your blood red ruby should be the star of the show, so choose a neutral, natural, pink shade to complement both your skin and your stone. The spectrum can range from baby pink to peaches or corals, as long as it can be described using words like ‘pale’ or ‘pastel’. The same goes for purple stones like amethyst.

Emerald engagement rings: There’s no more alluring combination than the deep green of emerald with the drama of inky black. Offset your emerald gemstone with a matte black nail polish – glossy finishes may be a little too distracting. Black works on virtually every skin tone, so no excuses – get your goth on and watch your engagement ring dazzle.

Yellow diamond engagement rings: Owner of a yellow diamond? Lucky you. Draw attention to your sought-after stone with a bronze or chestnut brown nail polish. It’s guaranteed to catch everyone’s attention, and it complements your canary coloured gem perfectly. Those with paler skin tones should go for a matte chocolatey hue, while darker skin than dazzle with metallics.

Brown diamond engagement rings: Contrast the barely there hue of a brown diamond with a bright and bold nail polish, like a punchy violet. This also works for diamond rings with rose gold bands. If violet isn’t your game a rich burgundy never goes amiss, or you could change things up entirely with an attention calling neon.

Yellow diamond engagement rings: Owner of a yellow diamond? Lucky you. Draw attention to your sought-after stone with a bronze or chestnut brown nail polish. It’s guaranteed to catch everyone’s attention, and it complements your canary coloured gem perfectly. Those with paler skin tones should go for a matte chocolatey hue, while darker skin than dazzle with metallics.

Onyx engagement rings: Onyx is making its way into engagement rings, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether you have an onyx centre stone or subtle onyx accents, the jet black shade will really pop with a metallic gold or bronze nail polish shade. Keep in mind your shade of metal however; silver and bronze looks great but silver and gold? Not so much.