Gold is a beautiful metal with an enchanting shine and great appeal. It has many industrial uses but it is used mainly in ornaments. This makes gold the object of desire for women. Women of all ages like adorning themselves with gold jewelry and gold jewelry is also an integral part of marriages in many cultures.
Islam does not disapprove of gold for women. In fact, Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, 43:18:
(Do they then like for Allah) a creature that is brought up in ornaments (wearing silk and gold ornaments, i.e. women) and in dispute cannot make herself clear?’
Though women are not the main topic of discussion in this verse yet we can get a hint that women have been created in such a way that they have a natural inclination towards adorning themselves with jewelry. Gold jewelry perfectly complements the femininity and the delicate constitution of women.
There is a proof from the hadith also which shows that Islam is not averse to women wearing ornaments. Prophet Mohammad loved Usama, the son of Zaid ibn Haritha (ra) and said that if Usama would have been a girl then he would have adorned him with ornaments.
In the verse 24:31 Allah (swt) has Commanded the women not to reveal their beauty and adornments in front of strangers. There is, however, no objection if women adorn themselves with gold, silver etc in front of their husbands, father, their husband’s father, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their sisters in Islam; or their female slaves whom their right hand possesses, or old male servants who lack vigor or young children who have no sense of the shame of sex.
Gold ornaments are objectionable in Islam if a woman displays them before unknown people. Besides this, wearing gold will be also considered to be unlawful for a woman if the Compulsory tax is not paid on them. This is evident by the hadith mentioned below:
The hadith narrated by Abu-Dawwod and Al-Nasaai’ from Amr ibn Shua’yb from his father, that a woman came to visit Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) along with her daughter, who was wearing two heavy gold bangles in her hands. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) asked, ‘Did you pay zakat on these?’ She replied in the negative. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) then asked, ‘Would you like it if in place of these two gold bracelets Allah (swt) gives you two bracelets of fire, on the Doomsday?’ The woman understood the point of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and she took them off immediately. She gave them to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) saying that these are for Allah (swt) and His Messenger.
This hadith makes it clear that though Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) reminded the woman about the Islamic ruling regarding gold but he did not object to the bangles being worn by the woman.
In a nutshell, we can say that there is no harm if a Muslim woman adorns herself with gold jewelry. The only factor that is to be kept in mind is that the adornments should not be displayed before strangers and secondly, one should not be lax when it comes to paying the Compulsory tax on them.