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How to colour coordinate with your bling

Dec 01, 2017

It doesn’t take much to dazzle – just one good piece of jewellery is all you need. Contrasted against the right dash of colour, the brilliance of the precious metals, gems and pearls intensifies. This is our abstract take on jewellery and outfit pairing.

Watch _ Chanel Code Coco watch in steel with diamonds


The cool steel of the Chanel Code Coco watch would stand out with a simple red ensemble, allowing the bold and modern lines of the timepiece to do be at the centre of attention while the crimson of the outfit is reflected in and on its polished surface. Similar coloured gems such as rubies and and rubellites also benefit from being worn tone-on-tone. Yellow gold jewellery on red can be very regal, but runs the risk looking old and aged. Silver and red consistently looks young and fashionable.

LEFT: Watch _ Harry Winston Avenue C Dual Time watch in 18K rose gold with diamonds; RIGHT: Ring and necklace _ Mikimoto Natural Pearl Collection, ring in platinum and necklace in 18K white gold, both with conch pearls and diamonds / Foundation _ Bare Minerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation in #09 Light Natural | Mascara _ Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Washable Mascara | Highlighter _ YSL Beauté Touche Éclat Radiance Perfecting Pen | Blush _ Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow Touch CC Luminizer


On the contrary, the delicateness of Mikimoto’s rare pink conch pearl and diamond necklace deserves a white outfit as a complimentary canvas. The subtle blush tones here don’t get dulled by a busy background and the true colour of the pearl is revealed and celebrated.

Bracelet, necklace and earrings _ Bulgari Serpenti Inspirations,  bracelet and necklace in 18K pink gold with pink tourmalines and diamonds; earrings in 18K white gold with diamonds


Opposites do attract, and when in doubt, look at the colour wheel and match up the contrasting hues. Blue and yellow denote an image of confidence and authority, so it is no surprise that the yellow and pink (which despite the name, is still a shade of yellow) gold of Bulgari’s Serpenti collection truly pops against the backdrop of an ultramarine blue outfit.

LEFT: Ring, cuff and necklace _ Piaget Limelight, ring in 18K white gold with tourmaline and diamonds; cuff bracelet in 18K white gold with diamonds; necklace in 18K white gold with pink sapphires, rubellite and diamonds; RIGHT: Watch _ Harry Winston Avenue C Mini Moon Phase watch in 18K white gold with diamonds | Ring _ Harry Winston HW Logo ring in platinum with diamonds / Foundation _ NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation / Mascara _ Dior Diorshow Pump’n’Volume Instant Oversize Volume Squeezable Mascara / Eyeshadow _ NARS Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette / Lips _ YSL Beauté Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in #7 Nu Interdit, eyeshadow and eyebrow_ Guerlain Palette Gold for Holiday 2017


It’s the colour of the royals and the colour of choice for luxurious leathers in neutral colours such as the taupe and brown alligator straps of Harry Winston’s Avenue C timepieces. The contrast works equally as well if the metal is yellow or white. When accented with pink stones such as the pink sapphires of Dior Joaillerie’s pieces, the regal connotations disappear, replaced with pure femininity.

LEFT: Ring, bracelet and necklace _ Chanel Jewellery Sous le Signe du Lion  Pépite ring in 18K white gold with diamonds; Rugissant bracelet in 18K white gold with onyx and diamonds; Protecteur necklace in 18K white gold with pearls and diamonds; RIGHT: Bracelet _ Dior Joaillerie Soie Dior Gros Grain Saphir Rose bracelet in 18K white gold with diamonds and pink sapphires Rings (from left to right) _ Dior Joaillerie à Versailles Fontange Saphir Rose ring, Guirlande Saphir Rose ring and Soie Dior Gros Grain Saphir Rose ring, all in 18K white gold with diamonds, rubies and pink sapphires

Photography / Issac Lam 
Styling / Kieran Ho
Make-up / Karen Yiu
Hair / Vic Lai
Manicure / Jasmine Chan at Hong Kong Makeup Artist
Model / Asya at Liberté Management

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of #legend magazine.

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