One of the most frequent questions we get asked by customers is 'What suit's me best, silver or gold?'. The perfect choice will depend on some different factors which we'll delve into in this article. To choose between gold and silver jewellery, you should consider:
- Trends for 2023
- What colour suits your skin
- What other items you want to style your jewellery with
- What makeup you're planning to choose
- What you prefer
- What you can afford
- Mixing both silver and gold
- Enjoy experimenting
1. Trends for 2023
Gold has been very popular over the last couple of years and we don't see this trend slowing down any time soon. With its warm and rich tones, gold can create beautiful statement pieces and can help to form a timeless and classic look. Looking forward towards new trends for 2023, silver is definitely making a comeback and will be a popular choice this year. Silver is a versatile colour and costs less than gold. Silver jewellery items can create an understated look with a sleek and modern aesthetic.
2. What colour suits your skin
Thinking about your skin tone can help when picking silver or gold jewellery. Warm skin tones work well with gold because the warmness of your skin compliments the yellow tones in the gold while cooler skin tones can look great with silver jewellery. Rose gold jewellery or jewellery with copper tones are versatile and can look great with all different skin tones. There aren't any strict rules, so have fun playing around and figure out what works for you.
If you're not sure of you skin tone, look at the inside of your wrist; with cool skin tones your veins will appear blue or purple in colour. Warmer skin tones usually have a more green tone to the veins. If you can't really tell from the colour of your veins, it's likely you've got a neutral skin tone which works well with all different jewellery types.
3. What other items you want to style your jewellery with
Jewellery can be used to complete an outfit by adding a final flourish of sparkle or shine. It can complement and enhance other items that you're planning to wear, so always think about your outfit as a whole. We've got a wide range of Ethical Handmade Jewellery to browse and get some inspiration!
The colour and shape of all of your garments, shoes and accessories will either work harmoniously together or will clash, so it's important to consider how your different elements gel to make sure you're creating a coherent look. If you're planning to wear a simple warm toned dress, gold statement jewellery could work best. While a pair of simple silver studs could work well with a bold outfit with bright colours.
See how this simple black top and blazer helps the Gold Vermeil Bone Necklace to pop.
4. What makeup you're planning to choose
Makeup is another important consideration when choosing jewellery because the colours can help to influence the type of jewellery you pick. For example, if you're wearing bold, dramatic black or silver eye makeup, you may want to pair this with understated silver jewellery like a dainty necklace to avoid overwhelming your overall look. But if you're wearing a bold red lip colour, you may want to pair this with a statement gold bracelet as the warm toned lipstick will work well with the pop of gold.
If you're unsure of what makeup to go with, try matching the metal of your jewellery with the tones of your makeup. If you prefer warmer-toned makeup palette opt for gold jewellery, and if you prefer cool-toned makeup, choosing silver jewellery will ensure a coherent look.
5. What you prefer
Ultimately, the choice between gold and silver jewellery comes down to personal preference and there are no wrong answers! Some people have a clear favourite without having to weigh up the pros and cons and they stick to their choice happily for years.
If you instinctively prefer the warmth and richness of gold, that's the metal for you. Or you may love the understated elegance of silver. You should choose the metal that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident. If one stands out as a clear winner, go with your instinct.
If you can't find the exact piece of silver or gold jewellery that's perfect for you, you could always explore our Handmade Bespoke Jewellery Services to get something completely unique.
6. What you can afford
While gold and silver are both beautiful metals, they come at quite different price points so it's definitely worth considering what you can afford. Gold jewellery is always more expensive than silver so this is a good thing to keep in mind when you're shopping for new pieces.
Many people buy both gold and silver depending on the occasion. Silver if often bought as an everyday piece of jewellery while gold is seen as a investment so many people buy gold for special occasions and life milestones.
Both gold and silver are fantastic options. Read our guide on the benefits of sterling silver. You could also consider gold vermeil if solid gold is out of your price point, and we have an ultimate guide to gold vermeil so you can learn all about this beautiful option.
7. Mixing both silver and gold
If you're having trouble choosing between gold and silver, why not play around with mixing the two metals in one outfit? This has become increasingly popular in recent years and can add an interesting contrast to your overall look. You could layer gold and silver necklaces of different lengths to create an edgy look. Or a silver necklace with gold earrings could also work nicely.
When mixing metals, just remember that it's important to consider the style of the pieces to guarantee they work well together. Our Mihi Sterling Silver Molten Bracelet look fantastic with the Nunc 18 Carat Gold Vermeil Sculptural Necklace because it looks like a deliberate pairing.
Check out the full Interius handmade statement jewellery collection here.
8. Enjoy experimenting
Once you've got an idea of the direction you'd like to experiment with, go shopping for silver and or gold jewellery or look through your current jewellery collection. We have a delicious range of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets to chose from in both ethical silver and gold vermeil - I'm sure you'll find something you love among our ethical handmade jewellery. And we'd always advise that you opt for ethically sourced products! Find our all you need to know about ethical metals.
So to recap, there's no "wrong decisions" when it comes to choosing between gold and silver jewellery. Whether you prefer gold, silver or a combination of both (worn together or separately), there are lots of beautiful of options available to suit all styles and budgets. By considering our advice when you're buying new jewellery, you'll end up with stunning pieces that you'll cherish for years to come. Need additional help choosing a piece? Read out full guide on What to Look for When Buying Jewellery.
Duxford Studios creates ethical handmade jewellery inspired by the human form, modern culture, and the sensation of touch. All of our pieces are cast from hand carved wax in recycled sustainable sterling silver, gold vermeil, and other precious metals. Shop our full collection on our website or get in contact about a custom jewellery design commission. Need help choosing a piece? Read our full guide on what to look for when buying jewellery on our blog page.