Gold vs. Silver Jewelry: The Basics
Jun 26, 2014
Last week, my Mother asked me to write a post about basic gold and silver jewelry pieces. I subtly reminded her that this a pro-gold blog.
Okay, so I may have shouted, “Down with silver! Gold today, gold tomorrow, gold forever!”.
Regardless of my personal leanings, I know that some of you do not share my affection for yellow-toned jewelry. So here are some basic jewelry pieces for gold loyalists, silver loyalists, and you freaks who can’t pick a side.
Cuff Bracelets. Tahari gold-tone multi-circle cuff ($65) and Vince Camuto silver open cuff bracelet ($48). A cuff bracelet is a stand alone piece that can be added to any outfit for a bit of extra punch. Both of these bracelets have a open-work that keeps them from being too heavy.
If you prefer something more substantial, try this $15 hammered-silver cuff from Lemnos or this $30 JoJo yellow-tone cuff with a cool, squared-off edge. As for great places to find inexpensive cuffs, do not discount the power of Chico’s, which produces great bracelets of all types.
Pendant Necklaces. Sonya Renee Wishbone Pendant ($55) and Dogeared Infinite Love Pendant ($50). While I prefer a longer style, there is just something about a delicate pendant necklace. The way it grazes the skin is just soft and subtly sexy. I love the simplicity of both of these styles.
Like pendants? Then you need to be shopping at 6pm.com. The selection turns over regularly, and the prices are fantastic.
Stud Earrings. Gorjana tulip studs ($35) and Trina Turk pyramid stud ($19). I wear my diamond studs almost every day, but sometimes, I don’t want to chance losing them. I own both of these pairs of earrings (albeit I own the Trina in rose gold). They’re small and delicate, but their cool shapes offer a nice punch of style.
Bangle Bracelets. Kate Spade idiom bangle ($32) and Kate Spade knot bangle ($78). A thin bangle is a great piece for layering or standing alone. It is the essence of classic, or you can add a little something extra, like this knot. I can’t believe the price on the yellow gold Kate Spade bangle. I may just have to buy that one for myself.
Thin Ring. Dogeared arrow ring ($61) and Dogeared Free Spirit Ring ($35). Layering thin rings is still one of my favorite trends. I also like wearing a pretty, little ring alone for just a hint of shine. Dogeared obviously makes lovely ones.
If you want to get started layering thin rings, try buying a set like this one from Sole Society or this one from Nasty Gal, both in yellow gold. For silver lovers, I didn’t find any stand alones, but I did find this set that mixes silver and rose tones.
Statement Ring. Elizabeth and James windrose ring ($95) and Simon Sebagg Hammered Ring ($140). One stand alone ring is my favorite way to add shine to an outfit. A large ring adds pop without adding the weight of a bracelet. In my opinion, every woman should own one chunky ring that she can wear with anything, to anything.
The best place to find these types of rings? Nordstrom. You can find them in any metal and any price.
Drop Earrings. Brooks Brothers gold hammered drops ($44) and Zina sterling silver drops ($60). Sometimes a pair of studs just won’t do, you need the extra sparkle to add a festive touch to an outfit. Simple, metal drop earrings give your look just a little something extra.