Is Wearing Jewelry Sinful?

Is Wearing Jewelry Sinful?

Years ago, I watched a man on a video share something that I had written. He wanted to first make it clear that he didn’t approve of my wearing jewelry. He was using the first picture I used of myself on my blog, my first book, and my social media. It’s from one of my children’s weddings. Is it sinful to wear jewelry?

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel” (1 Peter 3:3). Those who believe that it is sinful, use this verse to justify their position. Before I share some commentaries on this verse, my own observation is clearly that it is not sinful to wear jewelry or if it was, that would mean that the putting on of apparel was sinful too!

“‘Let it not be…’; let it not be chiefly, or not so much the adorning of the outward man as the inward” (Matthew Poole’s Commentary).

“Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning,…. Or that only and principally; let not that be solely or chiefly attended to, nor anxiously sought after, nor ever in order to allure and ensnare others, or to fill with pride and vanity; nor should it be indecent and luxurious, immodest and immoderate, and unsuitable to the age, character, and station of persons; otherwise clothing is both convenient and necessary; and a decent garb, neat and modest apparel, and what is suitable to the years, rank, and quality of persons, is very commendable: nor are we to suppose that the apostle forbids the use of what follows, but only when used in a luxurious and extravagant manner, and to feed pride and vanity, and encourage, lasciviousness and wantonness” (Gill’s Exposition of the Bible).

What does God want us to focus upon adorning ourselves with? “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). God wants us to pay way more attention to adorning our inner man. He wants us to have meek and quiet spirits.

“For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands” (1 Peter 3:5). He also wants us to adorn ourselves with submission to our husbands.

It’s so much easier to spend time adorning ourselves with makeup, jewelry, and the fashion of this day. Nothing is wrong with these things as long as they aren’t extravagant and intended to draw attention to ourselves, but God and others will notice a meek and quiet spirit, and a wife who loves and submits to her husband more than anything she wears.

The only jewelry I wear these days is my wedding ring. A few years ago, I decided I didn’t want to deal with jewelry anymore. I’ve never been much into fashion, so it was easy to give up. I wear very little makeup and don’t paint my fingernails or toenails, but I do color and cut my own hair. I don’t need many clothes. None of these hold much attraction to me, but some of my good friends do all of these! They’re beautiful inside and outside! What’s on the inside is what matters to God and takes a lot more work and transformation by His Spirit than anything we do on the outside.

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
1 Timothy 2:9

15 thoughts on “Is Wearing Jewelry Sinful?

  1. I always believed this meant wearing something to attract attention in a bad way. Flamboyant. It’s one thing to wear a color you’ve gotten compliments on. It’s another to wear the same color with the neckline plunging to your belly button. (The baffling part of that is the woman who does that and then whines about guys whistling or treating her like a sex object. Seriously, if not showing it off for men’s attention, what exactly is the reason?!)

  2. I think it has the potential, like anything else to become sinful. It depends on how much one is invested in it, and if it draws unnecessary attention. I only wear a wedding ring. I’m waiting till my children are older till I go back to wearing earrings. And on the odd occasion I’ll wear a necklace. And I don’t wear makeup and rarely paint my nails or get my hair done. I’ve never had a problem with the way you present yourself. And clearly, Ken doesn’t mind either. πŸ˜‰
    Blessings Lori

  3. It appears to me, that the women who know the least of Gods love and the love of a Godly husband, are the ones who are the most infatuated with jewelry and makeup.

    Don’t get me wrong, as a man, I definitely appreciate a woman who physically keeps herself up, and pays attention to her appearance, however, it seems to me that the less a woman knows God, the less cloths she wears, and the less modest and discrete she is. Because, without God, and without the grace and beauty he gives a woman externally and internally, a woman only has her external beauty and promises of intimate seduction to get the attention she craves from men.

    It appears to me about 90% of the women in America are shallow, materialistic, know little to nothing of the Bible or history, and are apathetic.

    Oh yes, they are a reflection of the men, because 90% of the men have these characteristics too.

    As a man considering a mate, it seems the women above 40 have wisdom, but their child bearing years are behind them, and women under 30 have little wisdom to speak of and are seriously offended when they are exposed to wisdom.

  4. I think a woman should defer to her husband, as in all things. My husband buys me a lot of jewelry and he loves to see me wearing it. Personally, I find it fiddly, but I wear it to please him. He doesn’t care either way about makeup, so I wear what I please in that department. As women, we are called to submit to and obey our husbands, it doesn’t matter what any other man’s opinion is.

    1. Love this. God and my husband – other men can have an opinion, but that doesn’t mean I have to value it over much.

    2. I agree completely! I submit to and obey my husband in everything and always try to be pleasing to him. He likes me to have long, natural hair so I have always had nearly waist “sandy/dirty” blonde hair and I never put it up in a ponytail, never think about it. I’ve never worn makeup, my husband like me fresh faced, I do keep my fingernails and toenails painted because he likes it. Other than my wedding ring, I only wear a pair of diamond earrings and a cross necklace that my husband worked very hard to provide for me. I do have several anklets and toe rings I always wear and change up, mainly because I never wear shoes and it’s comfortable and fun, and my husband thinks it’s cute! It’s all about submitting to your husband and his preferences!

  5. I don’t color my hair, paint my nails or wear a lot of make-up, not because I believe it’s sinful but because of the toxins that are in these products. The chemicals in these products are linked to cancer and hormone imbalance.

      1. My sixteen year old son said a few weeks ago that he didn’t understand why older people want to cover up their gray hair because the Bible says gray hair is a crown of wisdom.Have to say I agree with him.It made me rethink about how I feel about my few gray hairs that are popping up.

        1. I don’t know, going quite gray in my 40s was pretty demoralizing. It just made me look old and washed out. I wasn’t quite ready to flaunt my crown. πŸ˜‰

          1. How can it be demoralizing to grow old? It’s part of life. If the Bible talks about a sign of age(Gray hair)being a crown we as older women shouldn’t feel demoralized when we show signs of the inevitable aging process. We older women should be showing the younger women how to age gracefully and cheerfully. I will admit that the hard part of growing older is the physical ailments such as eye sight getting blurry and achy joints, ect. But “looking” older should not make us feel demoralized. We need to be focusing on being thankful for the wisdom God has blessed us with in our age and not focus so much on covering up our gray hair and wrinkles.

  6. As a young lady, I was taught not to paint nails, wear makeup or jewelry as this was considered vanity. It was also considered vanity to wear any outfit where someone had complimented you on, on a further occasion as this would encourage dressing to please others. The discarded clothes would be passed to a sibling, other relative or given to charity. As an adult, i still do not paint nails, wear makeup or jewelry and have a very small wardrobe of plain clothes.

  7. I’ll quote my great grandmother, born in 1888, she never wore pants, painted her nails, cut her hair, wore make-up or jewelry. “A little lipstick never hurt nobody.”

  8. This is a subject that is close to my heart as I have worked in the jewellery trade all my life! I totally agree with Michaela’s post on this and blessed she be in a happy and fulfilled marriage living as God Ordained. There is certainly nothing wrong with women wearing some tasteful rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces etc as long as it is worn to please their husbands and not to attract attention. My first wife was a very drab dresser and made no effort for me at all whereas my second wife is totally the opposite – it was one of the things that attracted me to her. During our marriage I have gifted her lots of jewellery and I love her to look nice. Fortunately, she likes clothes and has admirable taste. Over the years she has attracted criticism from some in the church for her dress but it is always modest (skirts or dresses must be knee length, nothing low cut and usually her arms are covered – particularly in church) so I think it is more borne of jealously as she is 23 years younger than me and very attractive. I find it very rewarding to see my wife well-dressed when we go out – or to church. She likes clothes and jewellery but she dresses for for my benefit for the head of the woman is the man. She belongs to me, for woman is the glory of man. In serving me she knows she is serving Our Lord.

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