Jewellery is more than mere decoration. It reminds us of those special people and moments in our lives. Gifted by loved ones, or to ourselves: it's one of life’s most personal purchases. When looking for that perfect piece we’re left with the debate of filling our jewellery boxes with gold or silver pieces. Remembering to prioritize what you feel most comfortable in, here are guidelines to help you choose which colour jewellery will work best in your wardrobe.
A woman's skin-tone is the perfect start to choosing the jewellery that’ll look best on her. Generally, gold is a timeless colour that compliments women with warmer undertones beautifully. Whereas, women with cooler undertones are known to look stunning in the alluring silver coloured jewellery.
Not sure what your skin-tone is? Women with warmer undertones have green veins in their wrists whereas, women with cooler undertones will have blue.
Silver and white-gold embellishment will bring out your natural tan
Matching your outfit of the day
Your skin-tone can be a starting point into choosing which colour works best for you, but as Michael Kors once said “I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” Therefore, the perfect ensemble lies within finding the embellishment that elevates your outfit of the day. Naturally, your overall style aesthetic will come into play as well as our most-loved heirloom pieces but for a rule-of-thumb: neutrals pair effortlessly with both gold and silver accessories. Meanwhile, silver jewellery looks strikingly elegant with pastel coloured outfits. Minimal effort with maximum impact? Pair a chunky curb-chain with a black tee for an effortless model off-duty look.
And the jewellery you already own
A way of practicing conscious shopping when assembling your jewellery collection is purchasing pieces that pair with what you currently own. An example is when deciding whether to gift someone a timeless piece such as a rope bracelet in gold or silver, the receiver may be known to always wear a gold signet ring. In light of this, the bracelet in gold would be your best option as it would match what the receiver currently owns.
Notably, the brand Allsaints designed the perfect collection of gold and silver mixed jewellery. The pieces create an effortless jewellery ensemble with edge. Ultimately, gold and silver crafted jewellery will stand out amongst your other pieces while being able to effortlessly pair with them.
Gold vs Silver Metals 101: Cost and craftsmanship
The best option for women on a budget who have a love for jewellery. Most often, gold plated jewellery is 0.5 micrometres of gold coating over metals such as alloy, stainless steel, copper or brass. If you’re purchasing from a good quality brand such as Euphoros Collective and taken proper care of, plated jewellery can last you years.
Dating all the way back to the 13th Century, Sterling silver has made its mark on the world. Ideal for everyday wear since fine jewellery is too soft. Sterling silver is composed of alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
Deriving from the French word Vermeil (pronounced “verh-may”) refers to high-quality sterling silver that is plated with a thin layer of 18K gold. Vermeil tends to be a safer option for sensitive skin and is commonly referred to as “gilded silver”.
Considered to be known as investment pieces, solid gold jewellery is crafted to last a lifetime. In light of its high-quality craftsmanship, solid gold is ideal for those special moments and heirloom pieces. Meanwhile, the materials in fine jewellery are entirely hypoallergenic and safe to be worn anytime, anywhere.
Brands that are par excellence in the jewellery industry
Handmade with love, sustainable practices and high-quality craftsmanship at affordable prices. We recommend checking out these sellers below:
Affordable, unique pieces handmade with heart from Denmark. The Danish company Pilgrim focuses on craftsmanship and quality materials that are safe for sensitive skin.
Focusing on thoughtfully designed pieces that’ll stand the test of time, Kinn Studio's craftsmanship is unmatched for it’s precision in the details. Known for their modern heirloom pieces that are made to feel like a second-skin from sustainable materials.
Founded on the belief of celebrating ones-self and milestones in your life through jewellery that'll last a lifetime. Their mission is working towards becoming 100% sustainable; Mejuri partners with the world's best jewellers to provide high-quality craftsmanship at affordable prices.
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Yves Saint Laurent put it best when he said, "Fashions fade, style is eternal." When it comes to creating a jewellery box that will serve you well for a lifetime, it's worth remembering that some pieces never go out of style. Curb chains and bold hoops are timeless pieces that deliver subtle attitude; elevating your look of the day. Euphoros Collective cultivated the perfect collection of the essentials when it comes to jewellery. Consider the chunky, curb-chain Compass necklace and bracelet or the timeless Ronja chain that'll effortlessly layer with any of your other necklaces. Meanwhile, hoops are a trans-seasonal staple in your jewellery collection and the bold Maddie hoops are the versatile pieces that know how to make a statement. Looking to get in touch with your feminine side? The Grace necklace is a pendant that delivers a subtle gratefulness featuring miniature crystals. Meanwhile, the silver Horizon necklace stands-out beautifully against tanned skin. The striking, hammered pendant is bound to turn heads wherever you go.
Regardless of the guidelines, break boundaries and design new looks experimenting with both gold and silver jewellery. They’re tools for self-discovery as well as self-expression. That is what fashion is all about: creatively expressing who you are and the significance of embellishment is to elevate it.
"Jewelry is like the perfect spice - it always complements what's already there" - Diane Von Furstenberg