Today, we will explore the eternal debate between gold and silver. What leads us to choose between these two precious metals (if we don't decide to wear both)? It could be a personal preference, cost, or perhaps it stems from inheriting a piece of jewelry from a family member. The truth is, we know that everyone's answer will be different. But what if I told you there's a more scientific (in a way) way to decide? In an attempt to settle the debate once and for all, we consulted jewelry expert Ellis Mhairi Cameron to explain.
After studying jewelry design at Central Saint Martins in London, Cameron launched her own brand in 2018 and was named Young Jewelry Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards just three years later. So, it's safe to say she knows more than a thing or two about each metal and why some shine more on certain people.
It turns out that eye color, hair color, and even your skin tones can explain why you might prefer one necklace over another or feel that a less-worn piece in your collection doesn't suit you. Of course, personal preference is always the most important factor: if you love a particular piece, you should definitely wear it. Cameron also has tips for making both metals work for you, even if one isn't 'the best' for your hair or eye color.
What are the skin tones, eye colors, and hair colors that work best with silver jewelry?
"Silver jewelry and white gold have an inherent coolness that blends well with cool skin tones," says Cameron. "Silver tones help create a balanced and harmonious look if your skin has pink, blue, or red undertones, as the coolness of the metal complements these tones, resulting in a subtle yet striking combination." Silver also works wonderfully with blue and green eyes, making them more vibrant and eye-catching. Look for bold necklaces and rings to further highlight these features.
If that sounds contrary to your appearance, don't worry. Cameron has some tricks to make the most of silver on warmer skin tones. "To make it work, consider selecting silver jewelry with warmer gems, such as bright orange sapphires, red diamonds, or gems like amber, citrine, or garnet. These warm elements serve as a bridge between the cool metal and warm skin tone, creating a strong contrast that highlights the best of both."