Silver vs Gold Jewelry: Which Should I Wear?

It’s time to settle an age-old argument in the fashion world: silver vs gold jewelry. Should you be donning some gorgeous gold or some beautiful silver? There are a few ways to determine which color of jewelry is best for you. 

The best guidelines for which color you should be rocking are your skin tone, your skin color, your makeup, and the outfit you’ll be wearing. This quick guide will walk you through how to determine whether to wear silver or gold based on these factors:

Skin Tone

The most enduring wisdom in the argument about silver vs gold jewelry is that you should pick your jewelry based on your skin tone. The classic wisdom states that people will cool undertones to their skin look best in silver jewelry, while people with warm undertones to their skin look best in gold jewelry.

The easiest way to determine your skin tone is to look at the veins in your wrist. If your veins appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins appear more green than blue, you have a warm skin tone.

People with cool skin tones tend to burn more than tan. People with warm skin tones tend to tan well.

Perfect For Cool Undertones

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Gorgeous For Warm Undertones

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Silver&Gold - Great Piece For Both

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Skin Color

Skin tone is different than skin color. People with pale skin can have a warm or cool skin tone, just like people with dark skin can have a warm or cool skin tone.

The only thing to watch out for is that thin silver jewelry can get overpowered by dark skin. So, choose gold or rose gold jewelry if you want something understated or go for chunkier silver jewelry. 

People with very fair skin color should usually stay away from gold jewelry, even if they have a relatively warm skin tone. Gold jewelry can make fair skin look washed out or clash with the warm undertones of very pale skin. If your skin color is pale, stick to silver.

Rose Gold

Amazing choice for darker skin

Makeup & Outfit

The key when matching jewelry with makeup is to make sure that your jewelry and makeup complement each other. You don’t want your makeup to overpower your jewelry or vice versa. 

If you’re going for a bold makeup look, choose understated jewelry. If you’re going for an understated makeup look, you can choose chunkier statement pieces for your jewelry, like this butterfly necklace.

Outfits with lots of rich, earth tones or gemstone colors often look great with gold jewelry. If your outfit includes a lot of browns, emerald, cranberry, or navy, gold will make the perfect statement. If your outfit relies on a lot of pastels or cool colors like mint, baby blue, lavender, or pale pink, then go with silver jewelry.

Matching your jewelry to your skin tone, skin color, makeup, or outfit is a great way to choose silver vs gold jewelry. However, the best way to choose jewelry to wear is to stick with what you love.

Use these recommendations as a guideline, but always trust your gut. You know what makes you look gorgeous and you know which pieces of jewelry you love.