How to Style Mixed Metal Jewellery

How to Style Mixed Metal Jewellery

There are many long-established rules for wearing jewellery and mixing metals is one of the most well-known fashion blunders. But what was once considered a major style faux pas to be frowned upon is now an acceptable styling choice.

Mixing metals with jewellery can add depth and personality to an outfit. Combining metals like gold, silver, and even brass or copper, can provide a contemporary twist to styling traditional accessorising.

However, mastering the art of wearing mixed metals requires a delicate balance and a keen eye to achieve an aesthetic harmony to make it look intentional rather than awkward or out of place.

This comprehensive guide on how to style mixed metal jewellery will teach you how to style silver and gold jewellery together.


Can you mix metals when wearing jewellery?

Absolutely! Wearing jewellery made from different metals is no long the faux pas it used to be. Mixing metals when wearing jewellery is not only acceptable, it's become a popular way to style jewellery as it allows for greater versatility and adds visual interest to outfits. By following the tips in this guide, you can confidently style a mixed metal look that reflects your creativity and personal style.


What metals can be mixed together?

When it comes to mixing metals in jewellery, the possibilities are endless. However, some combinations tend to work particularly well together, both aesthetically and structurally. The key is to experiment with different combinations and find what works best for your personal style and preferences.

Gold and silver is a classic combination that creates a visually striking look when worn together. Copper and brass develop a natural patina over time that creates an earthy aesthetic perfect for bohemian or vintage-inspired looks. Mixing gold with rose gold or silver with platinum provides a subtle yet distinctive style.



How to Style Mixed Metal Jewellery

How to Style Mixed Metal Jewellery

Mastering the art of styling mixed metal jewellery is about embracing contrast, layering with intention, and allowing your personal style to shine. By following these tips, you can elevate any outfit by making a bold statement through your jewellery choices.


Consider Placement

Consider the four areas where jewellery is typically worn and most visible: neck, ears, wrist, and fingers. You don't have to wear jewellery in every one of these areas, mindful placement plays a crucial role in achieving a cohesive look.

To master the art of styling mixed metal jewellery, ensure consistency across all areas where jewellery is worn. A single gold necklace worn with silver rings can be jarring. Try to mix metals evenly wherever they are worn for a more cohesive style.


Embrace the Contrast

The beauty of mixed metal jewellery lies in its ability to effortlessly blend contrasting textures and finishes. Embrace this contrast by selecting jewellery pieces that feature different metals in varying styles and designs.

For instance, pair a hammered silver pendant with a polished gold chain or a statement brass necklace. The contrasting textures of the metal will add depth and visual interest to you overall look.


Mix Metals in Layers

Layering jewellery pieces on top of or next to each other is key when it comes to styling mixed metal jewellery. Mixing metals in layers adds dimension and complexity to your look, allowing you to showcase your personal style with confidence. Try different combinations to see what works best for you.

Experiment with stacking rings of varying thickness, layering multiple necklaces with different textures, or styling various types of earrings together. Make sure to use a layering clasp to prevent tangles.


Start with the Basics

While experimenting with mixed metal jewellery, start with the jewellery basics. Pieces like simple hoop earrings, delicate chain necklaces, and dainty stackable rings serve as the perfect foundation for layering and mixing metals.

Incorporating jewellery essentials into your accessory collection will allow for versatility and ease of styling that ensures your mixed metal jewellery remains timeless and wearable for years to come.


Trust Your Style

There are no rules when it comes to styling mixed metal jewellery. It's a creative process that should be guided by your personal preferences. Trust your instinct and have fun experimenting with different combinations until you discover a style that resonates with you.

Whether you prefer subtle minimalist jewellery or gravitate towards bold statement pieces, there are endless ways to style mixed metal jewellery. Embrace the freedom to create a look that is unique to you and reflects your distinct personal style.

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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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