When it comes to jewelry tips for women, even more mature women, I’ve never believed in any hard and fast rules. We are all so different, and jewelry is such a personal choice. Gold or silver jewelry, pearls or beads? Long or short? Large or small? So many choices.
Some of us have wrinkles, especially as we age, others don’t. Some care about minimizing the appearance of their wrinkles, others couldn’t care less about a few imperfections. Many mature women want to hide their eye bags as much as possible. Others don’t even have them. All of that should be considered when determining who should wear what when it comes to jewelry.
Having said that, I have spent the past several years immersed in the world of jewelry design as I explored and learned all about the craft. And I have come to believe that the decision of whether to wear gold or silver jewelry should be based on more than a whim or desire because the right choice can make a huge difference in how the jewelry looks on the wearer. It can even contribute to a much more youthful appearance.
SKIN UNDERTONE AND JEWELRY
So how do you know which is best for you? Is it gold or is it silver?
It all comes down to skin undertone. Yes, that’s a thing. Very much so. And probably nothing affects how a piece of jewelry looks on the wearer more so than this, whether your complexion is light, dark or something in between.
So what is skin undertone and how do you go about determining your skin undertone?
You can find all sorts of information and guidance out there on the topic and how to figure out whether you fall under the category of summer, winter, fall, spring, warm, cool, and on and on. Unfortunately, much of the advice doesn’t work so well for people of color, such as checking whether your wrist veins are blue or green or whether you have brown or blue eyes. Many of us can’t really see the color of our veins and most of us have good old brown eyes.
Fortunately, when it comes to determining the best type of jewelry to wear for our complexions, only three classifications really matter: warm, cool and neutral. And a simple test can help anyone uncover which label applies.
First, gather a piece of silver-colored jewelry and a piece of gold-colored jewelry—medium to large size earrings will work best—and hold them up next to your face, one at a time. Either the gold or the silver will probably make your face seem a little dull or lifeless. Or maybe one of them just doesn’t do much at all, good or bad.
The other, though, may make your complexion pop and even make you look more vibrant and youthful. If it’s silver that looks best against your face, you’re considered cool, and if it’s gold, you’re warm. If both look equally good, then you’re considered neutral. Most people are cool in tone and look best in silver jewelry, even those of us with darker complexions.
There. I said it. Surprisingly, perhaps, as much as we all treasure gold, it is silver that looks best on most people. And that’s definitely true for me. Gold tends to blend into my complexion and make me look washed out. Silver seems to spruce up my appearance and make me look more lively.
When a stylist first tested this on me and pointed it out many years ago, just about every piece of jewelry I owned was 14K or 18K gold. Imagine my disappointment to realize that my beautiful, precious gold jewelry was all wrong my for skin undertone.
But as I peered into the mirror with the silver earrings next to my face, I couldn’t deny what I was seeing. Silver looked way better on me, and I wondered why I hadn’t realized it sooner.
I’ve since spent years building up a nice little collection of silver and white gold jewelry, and I’m so glad I did.
So Is It Gold or Silver jewelry for You?
Fortunately, regardless of which metal color looks best, you can wear the other, although it should be worn sparingly. I still find ways to wear a little of my gold jewelry from time to time, especially my beloved charm bracelet. And yes, I do occasionally mix metal colors such as a silver chain around my neck with a favorite gold charm. And I have a couple of pairs of gold earrings that are mixed with silver.
Some of you will test this on yourselves and discover that you’ve been buying the right color jewelry all along. Lucky you!
Others will realize, as I did, that you need to make some changes. Initially, you’re likely to resist, but I urge you not to. Give the other metal color a chance. Use this advice on gold and silver jewelry tips for more mature women as an excuse to do some jewelry shopping! Once you start to start to accumulate jewelry that really does look better on you, and even makes you look more vibrant, you’ll wish you had made the change much sooner.
And when you’re ready to have a piece of jewelry custom-designed in the metal color of your choice, check out, “Handcrafted Jewelry for the Stylish Older Woman, Part 1.”