writingonhands said: How do Jem’s eyes change back to a dark brown colour from silver? Was it something that happened while he was a silent brother? It’s a stupid question - I know but I have read and re-read TID, TMI, and After The Bridge -Your work is truly amazing- but I still don’t get it (maybe I missed a line or something) ? Thanks!
Thanks! Jem was not born with silver hair and eyes. They came from the side effects of the yin fen.
Clockwork Angel, page 341:
He flicked open the clasp on the box, and the lid slid back. Inside was a thick layer of what Tessa thought at first was ash, but the color was too bright. It was a layer of thick silvery powder almost the same bright silver color as Jem’s eyes.
“This is the drug,” he said. “It comes from a warlock dealer we know in Limehouse. I take some of it every day. It’s why I look so—so ghostly; it’s what drains the color from my eyes and hair, even my skin. I wonder sometimes if my parents would even recognize me. …”
As soon as Jem became a Silent Brother and ceased taking the drug, the silvery color began to fade from his hair and eyes.
"“Jem?” she whispered. The sound of the vial being set down on the bedside table. A sigh. “Yes,” he said. “Tessa. Will you look at me?” She turned, and looked. And drew in her breath. It was Jem, and not Jem. He wore the parchment robes of a Silent Brother, open at the throat to show the collar of an ordinary shirt. His hood was thrown back, revealing his face. She could see the changes in him, where she had only barely seen them in the noise and confusion of the battle at Cadair Idris. His delicate cheekbones were scarred with the runes she had noticed before, one on each, long slashes of scars that did not look like ordinary Shadowhunter runes. His hair was no longer pure silver—streaks of it had darkened to black-brown, no doubt the color he had been born with. His eyelashes, too, had darkened to black. They looked like fine strands of silk against his pale skin—though he was no longer as pale as he had been.”
Tessa is seeing him during the transition, as the yin fen leaves him. When the heavenly fire returned him to being a human Shadowhunter, the yin fen had long drained from his system. Therefore his hair and eyes were dark.
Clockwork Princess pages 557-558: This was Jem. She couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. She had always thought Jem was beautiful. He was no less beautiful to her now. Once he had had silver-white hair and eyes like gray skies. This Jem had raven-black hair, curling slightly in the humid air, and dark brown eyes with glints of gold in the irises. Once his skin had been pale; now it had a flush of color to it. Where his face had been unmarked before he’d become a Silent Brother, there were two dark scars, the first runes of the Brotherhood, standing out starkly at the arch of each cheekbone.
If the question is “Was the the heavenly fire or becoming a Silent Brother that changed his hair and eye color?” the answer is the second one. That is why Brother Zachariah is always described as having dark hair. The yin fen is what turned his hair and eyes silver, and when it went away, so did the silver color.