The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Metal Colors

Wearing gold earrings with a silver necklace might have once been considered a fashion faux pas, but opinions on mixing metal jewelry have evolved, and combining different colors of metals is now commonplace. 

Here are some tips to help you create the perfect mixed-metal look:

1. Consider jewelry placement

Jewelry is typically worn and most visible on your neck, ears, wrists, and fingers. When you want to mix color palettes in jewelry, consider the placement. Mixing metal colors with similar themes, sizes, and textures throughout these regions can create a chic look.


2. Layer to create visual interest

When mixing metal colors, you should layer different jewelry pieces on top of or near each other. For example, get that ring stack started and try combining different-sized rings to create visual interest! Try different combinations to determine the most stylish look. If you’re going for necklaces, try pieces of different lengths to avoid tangling.

3. Opt for balance

When mixing different styles of metals, a good rule of thumb is to aim for balance in the number of metal pieces you wear. If you like bracelets, wear one or two of each of your preferred metals. Try to mix metals evenly for a cohesive look, like a mix of rose and white gold necklaces with yellow and white gold bracelets.

4. Find a mixed metal piece

Consider buying a single piece that naturally incorporates two or more metal colors, such as a rose and white gold bracelet or two-toned earrings. Mixed metal jewels can naturally serve as “bridging pieces” between the two metals, allowing you to wear both metals in other necklaces, bracelets, rings, or earrings.


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