Mixing & Matching Metals

By Rachel Studebaker

While mixing metals in jewelry may have once been considered a fashion faux pas, modern fashion says the more the merrier. Combining silver, gold, and other metals can add a unique yet refined touch and elevate an everyday look to new heights. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to mastering a mixed metal look

woman wearing earrings

Start simple.

If you’re not sure where to begin, try experimenting first with more subtle looks. Reach for dainty jewelry, such as thin necklace chains, stud earrings, and rings, and try adding in a different metal in just one of these areas. Plus, by keeping styles simple, you can let the mixed metals make the statement.

Create balance.

Spacing out your metals can help create a cohesive look. Try not to wear, for example, all silver earrings with all gold necklaces. Instead, opt for a mix of each metal across all accessories.

Select similar styles.

While the metals may not match, the shapes and styles of the jewelry can. Selecting jewelry of the same style can prevent bolder pieces from overpowering the ensemble. Shared elements, such as gemstones or pearls, can also tie pieces together.

Lean into layers.

Layering jewelry adds visual interest, and all the more so when mixing metals. Wear multiple necklaces, stack bracelets or rings in alternating alloys, or if you have multiple ear piercings, try a mixed-metal earring stack. Experiment with jewelry lengths and widths to layer to your liking.

Purchase mixed-metal pieces.

A shortcut to achieving a mixed-metal look is shopping for jewelry pieces that have already done the work for you. And with this trend on the rise, plenty of stylish options incorporating multiple metals await.

Have fun finding your style.

Ultimately, mixing metals is a fun and fashionable way to express yourself. Create one-of-a-kind combinations and show off your unique style!

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