Your Intro Guide to Silver Styling

Whether you're a seasoned silver aficionado or just dipping your toes into the trend, this guide is your passport to mastering the art of silver styling. From the rich history behind this lustrous metal to the contemporary fashion statements it inspires, we'll explore all facets of silver jewellery, giving our best Medley-inspired advice along the way.

A Brief History to Sterling Silver

High shine statements of varying stature. Silver jewellery traces its origins back through millennia, weaving a tapestry of cultural significance and artisanal craftsmanship. From ancient civilizations to contemporary fashion houses, silver has adorned the necks, wrists, and fingers of both royalty and commoners alike. Renowned for its malleability and lustrous sheen, sterling silver also lends itself to intricate designs and bold statements, making it a favoured choice for artisans and designers seeking to encapsulate timeless beauty in their creations. Here, sterling silver has become a core element across many generations in everything from iconic home decor, architecture, silverware, and more. 

Silver and it's Symbolism

Beyond its intrinsic beauty, silver carries profound symbolism across diverse cultures and traditions. Revered as a symbol of clarity, intuition, and emotional balance, sterling silver jewellery transcends mere ornamentation to become talismans of personal expression and spiritual connection. 

Silver is also remarkably durable and resistant to tarnishing when properly cared for. 925 Sterling Silver (our alloy mix at Medley), for example, is composed of 92.5% pure silver alloyed with other metals like copper to enhance its strength and durability, making it a great choice for everyday wear.  

The Return of Silver in 2024

From runway showcases to street style ensembles, silver jewellery is reclaiming its spotlight with renewed vigour and modern flair. Embraced by fashion icons and tastemakers alike, silver's timeless appeal transcends fleeting trends, cementing its status as a must-have staple in every jewellery lover's collection. So, if you've been pondering whether to dust off your silver treasures, the answer is a resounding yes—silver is back, and it's here to stay.

And for those on the fence, we tend to roll with a less is more vibe to our styling, noting that mixed metal is also in! The key message here, wear what you love with pieces that speak to you!

Silver Styling Tips

Whether you’re adorning yourself with a singular statement piece or layering delicate silver chains for a dynamic look, mastering the art of silver styling requires finesse and creativity. Experiment with mixing metals, layering textures, and juxtaposing bold designs with subtle accents to curate a look that exudes individuality and refinement. You can absolutely wear silver every day! Its durability allows it to withstand daily wear, adding a touch of sophistication to your everyday look without sacrificing comfort or style.

Here's a breakdown of how you can style silver jewellery with different outfits: 

Casual Chic

For a relaxed yet stylish ensemble, pair your favourite silver necklace with a simple white t-shirt and high-waisted jeans. Add some silver hoop earrings like our cult classic Dome Huggies or a simple Diamond Helix earring for an effortless polished vibe. You can also layer multiple silver necklaces to play into the drama of a laid-back look, our favourite combo pairs our Drop Dome Chain Necklace with a fine personalised piece like our Engravable Rectangle Locket.

Office Elegance

Silver also plays into this cool understated elegance, which is great for the workplace and adds a fresh pop to your aesthetic. We love to pair a tailored blazer and blouse with a sleek silver pendant necklace like our Drop Dome Pendant Necklace or a delicate chain. You can keep this look simple with a micro stud or add some fun with a detailed hoop like our Rope Twist Paperclip Hoop Earrings.


Evening Glamour

When it's time to hit the town for a night out, silver works as a bold, reflective bestie that catches the light from all the right angles. Pair a statement silver necklace with a little black dress for timeless glamour, or opt for a pave earring set like our Midi White Topaz Pave Wave and Mini White Topaz Pave Wave Dome Huggies to add that well deserving drama to your look. Don't forget to stack silver rings on your fingers for an extra dose of sparkle, catching the light as you dance the night away.

Can gold and silver go together? 

The age-old dilemma of silver versus gold often arises, but fear not—there's no need to play favourites. Selecting between these precious metals ultimately boils down to personal preference. Embrace the versatility of silver for its understated sophistication, or opt for the timeless allure of gold for a touch of opulence. Better yet, mixing silver and gold is not only acceptable but encouraged, creating dynamic and eclectic jewellery combinations that reflect your unique personality and style. 

As you embark on your silver styling journey, remember that the beauty of jewellery lies not only in its aesthetics but also in the stories it tells and the emotions it evokes. Whether you're drawn to the timeless allure of silver or experimenting with bold new trends, embrace the magic of self-expression and wear your sterling silver with confidence and flair. Happy styling!