Should You Be Wearing Gold or Silver Jewelry?


Let’s face it, we’ve all been browsing through the jewelry section at Target when we stumble upon a cute set of earrings. But to your surprise they aren’t available in gold! You always wear gold! But what if you’ve been wearing the wrong metal this whole time? Based on your undertones and hair color, we will discover the perfect match for you. 


Believe it or not the color of your veins can actually help determine which metal suits you best. Take a look at the veins near the underside of your wrist. If your veins appear to be blue or purplish in color, silver jewelry will suit you better. Another helpful hint is that your skin burns easily when you are out in the sun. This may be a clue that you are cooler toned. 

If your veins are greenish and you happen to tan well, you are probably warmer toned and gold jewelry will suit you best. 

If you are having trouble determining the color of your veins, try shining a light over your wrist to get a clearer view. 

Some people don’t have visible veins, in this case you have a neutral undertone and could wear either gold or silver. 

Rose gold jewelry usually looks better on people with warm undertones as it enhances their natural glow, whereas people with lighter or more pink skin may look redder. 

Hair Color

Take a moment to look at your natural hair color. If your hair is dyed try to find your natural roots. If you have darker brown, black, or caramel hair, you are more likely to have a warm skin tone. Those with platinum or light brown hair probably have a cooler skin tone. Blonde can go either way depending on the warmth of your hair. Usually platinum or white hair will suit silver better wheras warmer blondes will do better wearing gold. Red hair is the jack of all trades and is present alongside cool, warm, and neutral skin tones. 

Don’t be afraid to play around with different metal colors. Mixing and matching metal colors is ok as long as they enhance one another. Wearing a gold ring with silver earrings is totally fine. Steer away from wearing large pieces of mismatched metals near each other though. Long, dangly silver earrings might clash with a large gold necklace. 

Colored jewelry looks great on everyone! Colored jewelry can be a fun way to add color to an outfit. Experiment with various gems and jewels and see what color suits you best. Those with blue eyes may find they prefer blue colored gems. While those with green eyes may prefer green gems. Wearing your birthstone is another fun way to add character and meaning to your outfits. 

If you’re purchasing jewelry for a loved one, pay attention to the type of metal they wear. Lots of women prefer either gold or silver and never cross into the other. If your girlfriend or wife strictly wears gold rings, necklaces, and earrings, don’t buy her a silver bracelet. 

Below I will list some pros and cons of each metal, if you’re trying to decide which to purchase. If you prefer both silver and gold, try figuring out your undertone and hair color and go from there. One may complement you better than the other. 


Gold is a precious metal. It’s great at keeping out moisture and resisting oxidation (it won’t tarnish quite as fast). Gold will not rust and is very durable. In fact, it’s the most malleable of all the metals. It can be melted down and shaped into new pieces. For these reasons, if you’re looking for jewelry that will last and is less likely to tarnish, go with gold. If you have a warmer undertone and darker hair, gold will suit you better as well. Gold comes in many colors including: yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold, all of which will suit warm tones. Overall, wearing gold jewelry will be less maintenance as it doesn’t have to be taken to the jewelers to wash quite as often as silver. Gold can be worn anywhere! From picking up the kids at daycare to a night out on the town, gold can be dressed up or dressed down. 


Silver is also considered a precious metal and is quite malleable as well. Silver is more likely than gold to tarnish, sometimes leaving a green residue on wearers. Silver is more sensitive to temperature changes and is more likely to tarnish in humid, hot weather. If you have a cool skin tone and lighter hair, silver is more likely to suit you. Silver usually complements those with blue eyes better than gold. While silver is typically cheaper than gold, it is more likely to get damaged. Silver is a softer metal and is more likely to get bent and damaged during daily tasks. However, if you’re attending a benefit dinner or gala, silver often looks “fancier”. Silver is a great way to exude wealth and status even if it’s just a night out. 

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either metal. Most people own a bit of both and wear them for different occasions. Don't worry if you found out gold suits you better and you exclusively wear silver. Try buying a pair or gold earrings and testing them out. Choosing which you like better ultimately comes down to preference. Have fun wearing jewelry, it's a great way to add character to any outfit!

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