Gold and Silver Jewelry
Choosing bridal jewelry is exciting, but can be daunting without a specific style in mind. Many brides have a hard time choosing between gold or silver jewelry, especially with so many styles of jewelry available. Considering personal style, budget, gown color, and current trends can help narrow the field.
Pros and Cons
Each type of precious metal has advantages and disadvantages, which may weigh into your final bridal jewelry decision. Silver is relatively inexpensive and has a nice color to the metal, but tarnishes easily, making it suitable only for occasionally-worn jewelry. For wedding rings or jewelry that will be passed down to future generations, white gold and platinum are better options. Both metals offer the white tones of silver, but with a tarnish-free surface. White gold is slightly more yellow than platinum, and is softer, so requires regular polishing. Platinum is a strong and beautiful and metal, but is more expensive than silver or gold. A very durable and lightweight precious metal is titanium. While a popular choice for men's wedding bands, it cannot be resized, and sometimes needs to be cut from the finger in emergency situations.
Dress and Skin Color
Personal style and current fashion trends are usually what lead a bride to choose either silver or gold jewelry. For the last few years, fashion trends have favored silver, white gold, and platinum jewelry, although classic yellow gold never really goes out of style. Yellow gold tends to look best with ivory dresses, while silver tones look great with icy whites. Skin undertones should also factor into the decision, as gold compliments warm tones and silver brings out the best in a cool-toned complexion.
Incorporating Other Jewelry
If you already have a piece of jewelry picked out for your wedding day, such as an heirloom piece, it would be wise to match metals for the most cohesive look. Silver-toned jewelry tends to appear contemporary, while gold jewelry is a bit more traditional. As such, gold jewelry coordinates well with pearls and other classic styles, which is helpful when incorporating heirloom pieces. Many brides mix-and-match metals for the perfect look. For example, a bride that looks best in yellow gold may choose to wear gold bridal jewelry, even though she has been presented with a platinum engagement ring.
In modern times, brides do not have to match from head to toe, and tradition can be replaced with bold jewelry statements. Whether you prefer gold or silver, making sure that your bridal jewelry coordinates with your gown, skin, and personal style will help you look your best on your wedding day.
Posted by Anna K.