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Reader J has a great question about mixing jewelry…
Just wondered about the mixing of gold and silver jewelry or different kinds of jewelry, in general. I really like silver jewelry, however, my
wedding band is gold, which I obviously wear all the time. Are there any “dos” or “don’ts” when it comes to mixing gold and silver, or what goes
with pearls, turquoise, etc.?
I often wonder about this myself. My watch is stainless steel, my wedding ring and engagement ring are platinum… so I find myself steering towards all of my white gold/sterling silver jewelry, and away from my gold and rose gold jewelry. That said, I’m not convinced you can’t wear different metals together; but you do have to do so with a bit more of “intention.” (It’s kind of like wearing black and navy together — you want to make sure that people know you intended to do it.)
Other pieces of advice I’ve heard…
- Have a “bridge” piece — a piece of jewelry that has both gold and silver in its design. This way, your gold jewelry matches part of it, and your silver jewelry matches part of it. There are a ton of watches with both gold and silver details, I think, for just this reason! The David Yurman ring (pictured above) also fits the bill. Sterling Silver & 18K Yellow Gold Buckle Ring, available at Saks.com for $595.
- Layer the jewelry pieces in an intentional way. For example, wear silver AND gold bangles, or wear 2 or 3 necklaces of different lengths (and different metals).
- Keep a consistent feel to the jewelry. (I think this is great advice no matter what metals they’re made of!) But: you’ll have better luck mixing a gold watch with a silver cocktail ring if they’re both in the same “genre” — art deco, bohemian, sleek, etc.
- Keep metals to one “region.” I know plenty of people who wear a gold ring, a watch with gold accents, and then a silver necklace and earrings.
Readers, what’s your advice for mixing metals?