Having worn gold jewellery through my late teens and twenties (yes, I have a charm bracelet and a half sovereign necklace tucked away) I suddenly switched to silver. Why? I can't really remember, but there is no denying that most costume jewellery has silver clasps and beads and is much cheaper than gorgeous gold.
Now, I make jewellery all the time and most of it is silver based, although I do occasionally use gold beads and can use gold plated fixings for any allergy sufferers.
That was until I bought The Bag... which is pale gold. So, should my jewellery clash or match?!
Of course, the decision doesn't stop there - do you wear antique silver or shiny? Perhaps you prefer old, antique gold, or pale gold or even the yellow gold favoured in the Middle East and Asia.
Or perhaps, if you are really clever, you choose pieces that have gold and silver; that mix it up just enough to wear with everything!