How to Mix Silver and Gold Jewelry

 

There is something so alluring about mixed metal jewelry. It's like a little mystery, with different metals working together to create something beautiful. If you're looking to add a touch of intrigue to your style, mixed metal jewelry is the way to go.

But how do you go about creating this look? And what are the best combinations to try? Here are a few tips on how to mix metals:

 

1. CHOOSE A DOMINANT COLOR


 

When asked how they mix silver and gold, most people will tell you to do it the same way you would if you were mixing red and blue paint. That is, they would place equal parts of red and blue together. This notion is entirely wrong! You can't simply put equal amounts of each color together because the colors are so different in hue. So when you mix golds with silvers - one must be more dominant than the other to get the best results.

A. Pick a base metal:
The first step in mixing jewelry is to choose a base metal. This base metal will often be the metal you use most and anchors your jewelry collection. Gold, silver, and copper are all popular choices for base metals.

B. Add accent metals:
Once you've chosen a base metal, you can start to add in accent metals. These accent metals add color or contrast to your jewelry collection. Popular choices for accent metals include brass and bronze.

 

2. LAYER TO CREATE VISUAL INTEREST


 

One way to create visual interest when mixing jewelry is to layer different metals together. This can be done by combining different necklace chains, wearing multiple rings on one hand, or even stacking bracelets.

 

3. THINK ABOUT SKINTONE


 

Think about skin tone when mixing metal jewelry: Gold and rose gold will look great on you if you have a warm skin tone. Silver and platinum can work, but they may give your skin a bit of a cooling effect. Silver and platinum will be your best bet if you have a cool skin tone. Gold and rose gold can still work, but they may give your skin a warm effect.

 

4. FIND A MIXED METAL PIECE


 

You can also alternate different metals in a single piece of jewelry. We love the look of a mixed metal ring in a ring stack. Using a multi-tone piece like a mixed metal ring creates cohesiveness, and also helps to tell a story with your jewelry.

 

5. USE COMPLEMENTARY STYLES


 

When mixing jewelry metals, try to find several pieces with the same or similar design elements but different colors and textures. This way, it will be easier to achieve an interesting result rather than mixing pieces with a hodgepodge of patterns.

When mixing jewelry metals, the pieces should be complementary to each other. Complementary means they should have either the same color or similar design features. If you mix metals with completely different designs, it won't be easy to create a cohesive look.

 

6. CREATE A FOCAL POINT


 

Create a focal point instead of mixing silver and gold jewelry all around. Allow one part of your body — your neck, ears, wrist, or fingers – to serve as your mixing station. Wear minimal, delicate jewelry elsewhere, and be bold and imaginative when decorating that area with both metals. Using jewelry to create a focal point is also a terrific method to draw attention to your best features.

 

7. What Metals Should Not Be Used Together


 

When it comes to mixed metal jewelry, there aren't really any hard and fast rules. However, there are a few combinations that you might want to avoid. If you mix metals that are similar in color, such as silver and platinum, can look a bit too matchy-matchy. And if you mix two very different metals together, like silver and copper, it can be a bit jarring.

 

WRAPPING UP


 

Now that you know how to mix metals in jewelry, it's time to put your knowledge to the test. Gather up all the silver and gold jewelry you own and start mixing and layering. With a little practice, you'll be a pro in no time!