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Choosing Between Gold And Silver Jewellery

One of the questions we often get asked when customers are buying one of our Silk Bangles or Cuff Bracelets is “which metal colour is most suitable for me?”. While there are no hard and fast rules to follow and your choice of metal colour often comes down to personal style, we thought we would share a few general tips to make your decision a little easier.

1. Know your skin undertone

Knowing your skin undertone can serve as a helpful starting point when deciding between gold and silver jewellery. Cool skin undertones are easily complemented with silver jewellery or light metals such as rhodium or white gold. Warm skin undertones on the other hand are flattered by brass or gold jewellery. (If you have neutral skin undertones, you’ll look good in both white and yellow metal)

However, your skin tone does not have to dictate your jewellery choices – your outfit and make-up are equally important in creating harmony and balance for your desired look.

To find out your skin undertone:
  • Check the veins on your wrist under natural light. If they appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. If your veins are greenish, you have a warm undertone. If it is hard to tell one way or the other, you have a neutral undertone.
  • Another indicator is your skin’s reaction to the sun. If your skin tends to turn red and burn in the sun, then you likely have a cool skin tone. Whereas if your skin tans easily in the sun, you have a warm or neutral undertone.
Gold-plated Lotus Bangle, with Orchid Purple Silk – Gold is a natural choice for warmer skin undertones
Rhodium-plated Hue Bangle, with Mist Blue Silk – Light silvery metals look especially fresh on cooler skin undertones

2. Complementing your outfit and makeup

If you have a cool skin undertone but choose to wear yellow metals, try completing your look with a warm-toned lipstick and eye-shadow. A warm-coloured outfit with fiery or earthy tones also pairs perfectly with a gold bangle or cuff bracelet and a pair of gold earrings.

Conversely, if you have a warm skin undertone, when wearing white or silver jewellery, consider using a cool-toned lipstick and eye shadow, then completing your look with a dress with cool hues.

Rhodium-plated Lotus Bangle, with Mist Blue Silk – Light silvery metals are easily complemented with a cool-coloured dress
Gold-plated Iskandar Bangle, with Dragonfruit Pink Silk – Warm-coloured outfits pair perfectly with gold jewellery

Another thing to take note of, is that light and silver-coloured metals are extremely versatile for creating colour combinations. With our interchangeable Silk Bangles and Silk Cuffs in rhodium-plating, as the metal has a neutral colour, it’s easy to add some spice by picking a silk colour that contrasts with your outfit (for example, blue silks with an orange outfit or purple silks with a yellow outfit).

Rhodium-plated Ban Zu Cuff, with Celestial Blue Silk – Combine the Cuff’s silver shine with contrasting colours to create an electric look.

3. You can even mix gold and silver

Jewellery stacking is all the buzz right now. When stacking gold and silver jewellery, remember that balance and coherence are key. As a rule of thumb, keep one third of your jewellery gold and two thirds silver, or vice versa. It also helps to keep the styles of your jewellery pieces the same when mixing metal colours.

4. Experiment!

While guidelines are helpful starting points, remember that there are no strict rules when it comes to fashion and jewellery. Have fun playing with different jewellery and outfit combinations. At Forbidden Hill, we don’t believe in being dull! Whether you decide on silver or gold jewellery, the interchangeable nature of the silks in our Bangles and Cuff Bracelets means that you can still change things up, depending on your outfit or even your mood for the day.

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