Mixed Metal Wedding Sets Are Having a Moment

It's the yellow + rose gold combo for us.
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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Sep 07, 2023

Chances are you grew up being told that mixing metals was a fashion faux pas. While that may have been the case in the early aughts, this year it's all about mixing metals, and what better way to rock the trend than by curating a glam mixed metal wedding set? Rather than stick to one shade of metal, curating a mixed metal wedding set allows you to have fun with your everyday jewelry without worrying whether your pieces match each other.

Stephanie Gottlieb, founder and CEO of Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry, agrees. "Mixing metals in your ring stack is a great way to incorporate other metal tones into your jewelry wardrobe, allowing you to wear your pieces more often and with more versatility."

If you're anything like us, your jewelry box is overflowing with pieces in all different shades of metal. Rather than tie yourself to strictly wearing white gold or yellow gold, creating a daring mixed metal wedding ring set means that your jewelry will always go together and you don't have to worry about perfectly matching metal tones. Plus, mixing metals will ensure that your ring won't appear dated when certain metal tones inevitably fall in and out of popularity in the coming years.

In this article:

Can You Really Mix Metals For A Wedding Set?

Yes! Despite what you may have heard, mixed metals are an incredibly fresh and versatile pick for your wedding set. Many current engagement rings feature multiple metal tones intertwined to create one fabulous ring.

"Mixing metals adds a playful element to your wedding set," Gottlieb explains. "My general suggestion is to match your engagement ring with your wedding band, and then introduce other metal tones with fashion rings and stackable pieces that you incorporate into your wedding set."

You can even mix in stackable fashion rings with your wedding set in different metal tones if you want to play around with mixed metals. However, Gottlieb says that it's important to keep the scale of the rings in mind.

"Intentionally incorporate all different metal tones and ring designs in one stack, but keep the scale of each piece consistent, so that no one band feels more substantial than the rest," she shares.

How To Pair A Mixed Metal Engagement Ring To A Wedding Ring

The good news is that mixed metals are extremely versatile — making them a spectacular choice for a wedding set you probably plan on wearing every day for the rest of your life. If you're lucky enough to have received a mixed metal engagement ring, you have options when it comes to choosing your wedding band.

Depending on the metal tones used in your engagement ring, we recommend choosing one as your wedding band color. For example, if your engagement ring has shades of yellow and white gold, choose one of them as your wedding band metal. This solid metal wedding band set against your mixed metal engagement ring will ground the set and keep it looking cohesive.

How To Create Mixed Metal Wedding Sets

Creating a mixed metal wedding set is like playing fashion designer. Go to your local jeweler and try on different options and see what catches your eye. Be sure to consider what shades of metal you wear the most in your everyday jewelry so you are choosing metal tones that complement each other, rather than compete.

Yellow and Rose Gold

"Yellow and rose gold can look similar to each other, so mixing these two tones will appear very subtle," Gottlieb shares. For those wanting to dip their toes into mixed metals, yellow and rose gold are a great place to start.

White Gold and Yellow Gold

White gold or platinum tones visually will have the sharpest contrast against other colored metal shades. Yellow and white gold are perfect for anyone looking for a bold statement stack.

Rose Gold and White Gold

Romantic rose gold is given a modern update when paired with white gold. The contrast is playful, while still remaining elegant and timeless.

Rose Gold, Yellow Gold and White Gold

You want to inject your own personal style and personality into your wedding stack, and for some that means going all out by mixing all three metal tones. This particular style is a favorite of Gottlieb's.

"I'm particularly fond of incorporating all three tones in my daily wear. The tri-tone effect means that I never have to consider if my jewelry 'matches my outfit', because there are always a few pieces to tie back to the others."

How To Care For A Mixed Metal Wedding Stack

Now that you've created your dream wedding stack, you'll want to ensure you are taking care of it so that it lasts for years to come. Periodically cleaning your rings is key to make sure they stay bright and shiny.

Different metals require different kinds of care, so talk to your jeweler about their recommendations to keep your rings looking new. Platinum is prone to patina and scratching, while white gold can lose its plating over time. But don't worry, as long as you are taking care of your rings and cleaning them the proper way depending on the metal type, they will last for years to come.

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