Silver jewellery is making a comeback! Sterling silver accessories are timeless and can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. With the right advice, you’ll be confident in styling your silver jewellery with ease, pairing each piece you own with your wardrobe favourites. In this article, we’ll provide tips and tricks for styling silver jewellery to help you create lots of stunning looks.
To style your silver jewellery, you should:
- Understand and Be Comfortable with Your Personal Style
- Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment Outside of Current Trends
- Evaluate the Occasion
- Decide on the Main Focal Point
- Don't Be Afraid to Mix Metals
- Choose Complimentary Colors
- Creating Layers
- The Importance of Buying Ethical Silver Jewellery
Read our blog for a full guide on the benefits of sterling silver.
1. Understand and Be Comfortable with Your Personal Style
Understanding your personal style and being comfortable is the most important aspect of styling silver jewellery. Your style is an expression of your personality, and it should be a true representation of who you are as a person and what you’d like to project.
If you prefer a classic and timeless look, opting for understated silver jewellery like stud earrings or a delicate pendant necklace may be the perfect choice for your everyday look. On the other end of the scale, if you love a bolder and more daring look, statement silver hoops like our Mea Sterling Silver Organic Shaped Earrings or chunky silver bracelets like our Mihi Sterling Silver Molten Bracelet may be the way to go. Ultimately, the key to styling silver jewellery is to experiment and find what works best for you. There are no wrong answers! So have fun with it! You can find lots of inspiration by checking out our contemporary handmade jewellery collections.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment Outside of Current Trends
There’s nothing worse than walking down the high street and seeing lots of people wearing the same things! We advocate a less conformist approach! When it comes to styling silver jewellery, don’t be afraid to experiment outside of current trends. While trends can be a source of inspiration, they shouldn’t completely dictate your personal style. Try new and different pieces and experiment with different styles and combinations of silver jewellery to get to know what works for your tastes and your body shape. Some of the best jewellery is designed by lesser-known budding jewellers around the country, who aren’t stocked in the big retail outlets, so have fun with researching online. Looking in second-hand and vintage shops can also lead to some interesting finds.
By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you may discover new and exciting ways to style your silver jewellery and your wardrobe more generally.
3. Evaluate the Occasion
It's important to consider the occasion you will be attending when styling any outfit, and it's no different when styling silver jewellery. Whether it is a formal occasion or a casual get together with friends, your jewellery should reflect the tone of the occasion as well as your personal style. For instance, a simple silver pendant necklace paired with stud earrings may be the perfect choice for a work event, while a statement silver cocktail ring and some eye catching drop earrings may be more suitable for drinks with friends. Evaluating the occasion while you're planning your look will help ensure that your silver jewellery complements your outfit and the overall vibe of the event.
4. Decide on the Main Focal Point
When styling your look, it's important to decide on the main focal point of your outfit, and this can often be your silver jewellery. Whether it's a statement silver necklace or a bold silver bracelet, having a main focal point will help bring the outfit together and create a cohesive look, and it'll ensure your overall look isn't too busy.
Deciding on the main focal point doesn't mean you can't select other silver jewellery pieces that complement and enhance the overall look of the outfit, so feel free to play around with layering if that's your vibe.
Read out blog on how to wear statement jewellery for more info.
Our Sterling Silver Bone Bracelet will certainly grab people's attention.
5. Don't Be Afraid to Mix Metals
Mixing metals is a trend that we love here at Duxford Studios, and it's been gaining popularity in recent years. Silver jewellery can be paired with other metals such as gold and rose gold for an effortlessly luscious look. Mixing metals can also create a unique look which adds a confident edge of personality to your outfit as many people think mixing metals is too "out there".
Our only important tip to keep in mind when mixing metals, is that it's best to select pieces that have a similar style or theme because this will help creating a cohesive and polished look which looks intentional and considered. Check out our ethical handmade jewellery for some beautiful complimentary pieces.
6. Choose Complimentary Colors
When it comes to styling silver jewellery, the colours you pick for your clothing will play a big role in your overall look. Choosing simple block colors like black and white are perfect for enhancing the beauty of the silver, allowing it to sparkle and do the talking. Neutral colors are also a perfect choice for silver jewellery as they create a chic and classic look while pastels provide a soft and feminine touch.
This isn't to say that bright and bold colors can't work. As long as you don't overdo the colour combinations, brighter colours can be a fun way to enhance your silver jewellery. Just be careful you're not adding too many design elements to one look.
7. Creating Layers
Layering silver jewellery is a fun way to add depth and dimension to your outfit. The key to creating a coherent layered look is to mix and match different types of silver jewellery, like different length necklaces or stacking rings. Keep in mind the size and weight of the jewellery to ensure that it's balanced and doesn't overpower your completed look. Layering delicate silver chains with small pendants can create a subtle yet stunning look, while stacking multiple silver bracelets can add a bold statement to your outfit.
Considering Your Neckline
Considering the neckline of your outfit is essential when styling silver necklaces: the neckline of your outfit can either make or break your look.
A good rule of thumb is to choose jewellery that complements your neckline. We always think it's best to wear necklaces that sit either above or below the neckline. If the necklaces you want to wear sit at the same length as your collar, they could slip underneath your collar, or could sit strangely on the collar which will detract from the overall look. If you have a high neckline, longer chains work well, and shorter chains work with a plunging neckline.
Considering Your Earrings Carefully and How They Frame Your Face
When it comes to silver jewellery, earrings can make a significant impact on your overall look. It is important to consider the style of your earrings and how they frame your face and work with your hairstyle. If you have a round face, long and dangling silver earrings can elongate your face and create a more flattering look. On the other hand, if you have a square face, round hoop earrings can soften the angles of your face. When choosing silver earrings, it is important to consider the shape of your face and hairstyle and select a style that complements your facial features.
Another aspect to consider when selecting the perfect pair of earrings for your look, is the type of top or dress you're wearing. If you've got a busy upper half with lots of bold features, statement earrings may push the look too far so a simple pair could suit best. While a simple sleek top may he calling out for a stand out pair of earrings.
Playing with Stack Rings
Stack rings are a versatile and fun way to add some personality to your silver jewellery collection. Mosy classic stacking rings are quite delicate and dainty, but when layered together, they creating a bolder impact. Mixing and matching different styles and textures of stack rings can create a unique and eye-catching look.
Keep in mind that when playing around with stacking rings, it's best to choose a selection that have a similar color or theme which will create a cohesive and balanced look. Don't choose too many different coloured stones or different designs as this could make your hands look busy and uncoordinated.
8. The Importance of Buying Ethical Silver Jewellery
When it comes to buying silver jewellery, it's crucial to choose ethical and sustainable designers. Unfortunately, many large-scale silver jewellery manufacturers use unethical and unsustainable practices that harm both people and the environment. Here at Duxford Studios, we always make our customers aware of the importance of doing their research and making considered purchases.
Many small-scale jewellers like us have considered the impact our businesses can have on the environment and our industry. Because of this, there are lots of exciting jewellery brands who have taken steps to ensure we work with reputable companies who adopt fair labor practices and make our jewellery using more sustainable materials. All Duxford Studios' ethical silver jewellery is made from 100% recycled sterling silver which ensures that no new mining has to take place. This has a hugely positive impact on our environment and workers in our industry as we're repurposing materials which are already in circulation. Read our blog post Ethical Metals - All You Need to Know for more info.
In addition, we would advise you to buy sterling silver or fine silver jewellery rather than silver-plated jewellery. Sterling silver is made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals such as copper while fine silver is 99.9% pure silver and is typically used for more intricate and delicate designs. Both of these options are recyclable so can be made into new pieces of jewellery and are a durable option for long lasting jewellery designs. Silver-plated jewellery, on the other hand, is made by coating a base metal with a thin layer of silver, which can easily wear off meaning it won't look good for long.
We believe in making ethical quality jewellery that stands the test of time, so we feel it's important to invest in high-quality silver jewellery that will last for years to come. If you're looking for something personal to you, why not check out our handmade bespoke jewellery services.
Styling silver jewellery can be a fun and exciting way to enhance your wardrobe. By following our guide and playing around with your personal style, you can create stunning looks that are sure to turn heads. And don't forget, it's crucial to buy ethical and sustainable silver jewellery that will not only look beautiful but also have a positive impact on the world.
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.