First, let me say what a tremendous resource you have been in helping me select truly timeless handbags for my wife. I deeply appreciate your insight. We are coming up on our 20th wedding anniversary and I have secured the opportunity to select from a group of 35 cm matte porosus Birkin bags. My wife owns primarily platinum and white gold jewelry, including a black with palladium 35 cm Birkin. The question is, is there a color combination to avoid in reference to leather vs hardware? The first two I will see are Havanne with palladium and gold hardware. Also, I wonder how you would rate the palette of Croc colors?
First, let us say what a lucky girl your wife is! You are a wonderful and thoughtful husband to consider her jewelry and accessories when choosing a bag for her. We should all send our husbands to you for training!
Now, to answer your questions. If your wife owns primarily platinum and white gold jewelry, you should go for either the palladium or ruthenium hardware. Not that there is anything wrong with mixing gold and silver, I would just stick with something safe for an investment bag like the crocodile birkin. You can get a gold hardware leather birkin later so she can mix things up. As for avoiding color combinations, there is really no wrong way to choose. It’s all about personal preference. Hermes would not offer a combination that would not be beautiful. And when you order a birkin, your SA will check to see if the combination is available, which is an indication of the compatibility of the color combination. As for the palette of croc colors, my favorites are the unusual colors. I find black crocodile boring and I chose Graphite as my croc this year (it looks like gray, black or brown depending on the light). Havanne is gorgeous in palladium or gold. Dark blue indigo, Rouge or vert fonce (Emerald) are also stunning.
Whatever you choose, I am sure it will be perfect. I think any girl who receives a crocodile birkin will not complain