What’s your metal?

What's your metal?

For some reason, most of us tend to gravitate toward certain types of jewelry. Whether it's simply the look of these pieces or how they blend in with our wardrobes, it's not uncommon to have hyper-specific preferences, especially since jewelry is such a personal thing. When it comes to metal, many people will choose baubles based on what is most trendy at that time. Meanwhile, others stick to the tried-and-true options that they know complement their personalities.

It can be challenging to figure out which metal is the right one for you. After all, there are many considerations to take into account, including your budget, skin tone and lifestyle. So how do you choose?

Use this guide before picking out some new baubles from Fine Jewelers:

Silver
This metal boasts many advantages. For one, silver is a less expensive precious metal than gold. It's also particularly soft in its pure state, making it an ideal choice for jewelry you want engraved. However, this softness also means that it can be easily damaged. That's why silver is often combined with other metals. Mixing in copper, for example, produces sterling silver, which is not only more affordable than the pure metal but also has greater durability. On the other hand, the addition of copper can make silver more prone to tarnishing over time. Still, it's a strong metal that's ideal for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Since this soft metal shows wear more quickly, it's not the best choice for wedding bands or engagement rings.

While essentially anyone can wear silver, it looks especially stunning on those with cool skin. If you're unsure about whether you have a cool complexion, look for bluish veins on your wrist or rosy undertones in your face.

Gold
There's a reason that gold has captivated all kinds of people for centuries. Not only is it ultra rare, but the metal's lustrous appearance is particularly eye-catching. Additionally, gold is more resistant to tarnishing and scratching than silver. While pure gold is usually considered too soft for everyday baubles, it can be mixed with zinc or copper to make it more durable. It's important to take your lifestyle into account when wearing gold pieces. Rings and bracelets are more at risk of becoming damaged or deformed, especially if you're someone who works with your hands. That's why it makes more sense to choose 18-karat or 14-karat gold for these pieces. Or, you could always opt for gold plated jewelry, which also comes with the benefit of a lower price tag. 

As with silver, this metal can look striking on a range of different skin tones. However, it really complements those with warm complexions. Gold also looks remarkable on those with blonde or reddish hair. If you're not sure whether you have a warm skin, look for greenish veins and golden or olive undertones.

Rose gold
While this is really just a different alloy of gold, it deserves its own category purely for the major resurgence its seen in recent years. As more designers have been featuring this metal and more celebs have been rocking it, rose gold has certainly made a major comeback. Essentially, the alloy fuses gold with copper, resulting in a pinkish finish as opposed to the traditional yellow hue. The higher the copper content, the more intense the reddish tone will appear. The addition of copper also means that this form of gold will patina over time, but this effect can be rather desirable for some. In fact, it has a certain vintage vibe that may perfectly match a person's retro-inspired or whimsical wardrobe.

One of the primary perks of rose gold is that it's highly scratch-resistant. So it's a fitting choice for everything from pendants to rings and watches. It's also worth noting that rose gold is ultra versatile as it pairs nicely with nearly any other metal. Plus, this metal flatters any complexion.