Both gold and silver jewellery can bring some glitz to your outfit. But just which metal looks better on you? And what should you wear with each metal? This post delves more into the differences between wearing gold and silver jewellery.
Which metal matches my skin tone the most?
Silver traditionally is better suited to cooler skin tones, while gold pairs better with warmer skin tones. Meanwhile, those with a more neutral skin tone can pull off both types of jewellery.
How do I know whether my skin tone is cool or warm? A good way to tell is to look at your veins. Those with cooler skin tend to have bluer looking veins while those with warmer skin tones have greener looking veins. If you can’t tell whether they’re green or blue, then you may have a neutral skin tone. You can find plenty of guides on identifying your skin tone online.
What can you wear with silver jewellery?
Jewellery in sterling silver often works best with cooler colours like blues and greens. However, it can also pair well with creams, tan and even hot pink. Due to its neutrality, it is very versatile.
Black and silver is the most sophisticated combo you can choose. Because silver has an almost white appearance, it stands out against black to provide a nice contrast.
Silver does not always work well with white, because it can conceal it (although some people may prefer this subtler look and it is the popular choice for wedding jewellery). Pastel colours can also dull the impact of silver.
What can you wear with gold jewellery?
Gold jewellery works well with a variety of colours. It pairs well with warm colours like soft pink and cherry red, however it can also work well with cooler colours like dark green and navy.
As with silver, gold works very well with black – providing a warm, glamorous look. Gold can also work well with white to create a summery look.
You should avoid wearing gold with yellow as your gold jewellery will be less noticeable. Gold can also clash with neon colours and does not always work well with certain tones of brown.
Can you mix silver and gold jewellery?
Some people will tell you to never mix gold and silver jewellery. But the truth is that you can mix both metals – you just have to be careful about how you do it.
Pairing a gold necklace with silver bracelets (and vice versa) typically won’t look good. You’re better off layering these metals to make them look more harmonious. This could include wearing a gold and silver necklace together or a mix of gold and silver bangles on one arm. If you’ve got multiple piercings in one ear, you can even use a mix of gold and silver studs or earrings. Try to keep an even balance of gold and silver so that one doesn’t dominate the other.
By following the above rules when wearing gold and silver, you can make sure that each type of jewellery has a striking effect.