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The Easy Way to Work Out Whether Gold or Silver Jewellery Suits Your Skin Tone

Which one suits you?

Last Updated on February 16, 2023

Should you wear gold or silver jewellery?

It goes without saying that whichever you prefer should be your accessory of choice. I’ve always been a firm believer that if you like it, you should wear it!

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However I do understand the desire to pick the hue that works for you. I like to wear what enhances my skin, rather than makes me look pale. Luckily, it’s actually relatively easy to work out which jewellery suits you.

black woman wears big silver earrings at london fashion week
Courtesy of Deborah Iona, British Fashion Council

It helps to look at your skin tone, but your choice of make up and clothes can play a part too. Some skin tones really suit any jewellery, but I recently discovered that gold doesn’t actually suit me – despite being the only jewellery I ever wear – so I started researching which works.

Here’s how to work out which metal suits you better.

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Should I wear gold or silver jewellery?

The first thing you should do is to consider your skin tone when working out which suits you better.

Those with cooler skin tones should opt for silver jewellery, while warmer skin tones usually suit gold jewellery best.

If you’re still confused, you can work out your skin tone quite easily. Take a look at the veins on your wrist. If you can see blue or purple veins with pink undertones, you have a cool skin tone.

If however you can see green veins with yellow undertones, it’s a safe bet that you have a warm skin tone.

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Match your make up or outfit to your jewellery

If you’ve just discovered your jewellery of choice doesn’t actually work with your complexion, fear not.

A good way to make it work for you is to match your outfit or make up to your accessories. For example if you have a cool skin tone, wearing warm tones in the form of eye shadow, lip colours or a dress in a warm tone will make the jewellery work regardless and vice versa.

Warm colours include pink, orange or red, and cooler colours are blues, lilacs or nudes.

Why do I like silver more than gold?

Your personal preference might sway you towards silver, but it also helps that it’s more affordable than real gold.

I tend to buy gold-plated piece from brands like Daisy and Monica Vinader, but solid gold jewellery is on the more expensive side.

Do blondes look better in silver or gold?

Warm blondes tend to suit gold jewellery, while cool blondes team well with silver.

Is gold or silver more popular in 2023?

Silver is hugely popular right now. Research by Boohoo found that following the Grammy Awards in February 2023, searches for silver outfits soared by 617% thanks to Beyoncé and Harry Styles’ metallic outfits.

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