In my opinion, I can tell a lot by which metal someone wears for their jewelry. A silver lady? A gold lady? It tells a lot about somebody. Obviously not anything TOO serious, but it’s gotta mean something, right? I don’t mean real gold, I mean gold as a color. Plated gold! Growing up I was much more of a gold wearer. Maybe it complimented my skin tone more? Who knows! I didn’t start wearing silver until I started wearing rings. I only decided to wear silver rings because I couldn’t afford nice gold rings. When wearing cheapy gold rings I would have green fingers by the end of the day. So when I was faced with the idea of dropping $500 on a real golden ring, I decided I didn’t mind the silver on my fingers!
From what I’ve gathered, it seems like golden jewelry is a lot more old fashioned. When you check the recent trends of chains, big earrings and other jewelry that’s popular, it’s rarely gold. However, when I find jewelry at consignment shops or thrift stores, a lot of them are old costume or kitschy jewelry. This reminds me a lot of the pearl effect. Allow me to explain the pearl effect. So, you never really see pearls anymore especially on millennials or Gen Z babies. When you do see pearls, especially earrings, it’s often paired with a gold post. This leads me to believe that gold jewelry resides with an older crowd. Which is cool. Right? I guess I’m thinking of Fran Fine’s grandma in the tv show The Nanny. She was always decked out in gaudy, big, noticeable, gold jewelry. That’s what I associate gold jewelry with the most.
However, as I scroll on Shein or Aliexpress I see the intense resurgence in silver jewelry. Something about chunky chains has really struck fashion today. I have a hunch and it’s TikTok. TikTok has an intense influence on many cultural trends today whether its music, food or clothing. However, many of the influencers dress very similarly and one of those similarities is chains! Big silver chains! I’ve seen these on many influencers regardless of gender wearing them. If an influencer is wearing a chain, their millions of followers are going to see the chains and want to wear them too. Even besides TikTok, I feel like silver has gotten much more popular since the beginning of the 2000’s. The chunky silver chains were a huge part of the whole “y2k” trend. I just googled “Britney Spears wearing Jewelry” and there’s very few if any pictures of her sporting any gold. Although, I don’t know if Britney Spears is the litmus test for fashion trends currently (#freebritney), I think she provides a good understanding of trends in the early 2000’s.
However, as I find myself writing this silly little article I suppose I’m realizing maybe you can’t judge someone if they choose to wear gold or silver. I know many people who wear gold, yet aren’t old fashioned at all! I also know people who are silver who definitely aren’t up on the TikTok trends. Perhaps…. It is best to not judge or make assumptions about others based on their preferred metal for jewelry AND silver and gold aren’t the only options for jewelry! Except, I dislike rose gold… so maybe we can judge people based on that… just kidding! I’m kidding, I promise. I might’ve even had a rose gold phone at one point, and no, I’m not proud of it. However, I think both metals are intensely respectable and definitely have their moments.