There was a time when mixed metal jewelry was considered ‘un-trendy’ or even ‘tacky.’ But people have become more modern and fashion-forward, and ‘mixed metal jewelry is tacky’ is nothing but a myth.
Mixed metal jewelry was never tacky. Instead, it took incredible concentration, mastery, and skill to combine metals with different melting points into a cohesive charm or piece of jewelry that looks good on people.
Artistry & Mastery in Mixed-Metal Jewelry
Incredible artistry is central to collections like Xinar’s Far Fetched Imports. Items like the Far Fetched “luv my library” pin are testament to the artistry we talked about earlier. The “luv my library” pin is a combination of jeweler’s brass, copper, and sterling silver – that’s three metals in a tiny pin.
Master crafters perform hand-formed soldering before polishing the final product. On top of being incredibly difficult to make, mixed metal jewelry presents a delightful uniqueness that you cannot find in single-metal presentations and crafts. This is probably why many people are making a bold statement by mixing and matching this type of jewelry. With fashion institutions like Vogue proclaiming that mixed metal jewelry is in this coming year, it’s time for people to give the vintage aesthetic a fighting chance.
Do You Like Wearing Mixed Metal Jewelry?
Wearing mixed metal jewelry has long been frowned upon in polite society. However, assorted metal jewelry has surged in popularity in recent years, and combining different metals is no longer considered a fashion faux pas. Trendsetters and the fashion crowd, on the other hand, frequently combine a variety of metal types and hues. Designers have jumped on board as well. For example, the Cable Classics Bracelets by David Yurman is constructed of sterling silver and 14-karat yellow gold. Tiffany & Co. blended sterling silver and their own rose-colored Rubedo metal, an alloy of gold, copper, and silver, for their Tiffany 1837 collection pendants and bracelets.
Many types of mixed metal jewelry fall under the vintage aesthetic (like Far Fetched Imports). Vintage jewelry is making big waves in both the womenswear and menswear markets. Of particular interest is the rise in the interest in wearing jewelry for men. Saddled with their newfound prosperity, Gen Z folks are rediscovering the joys of wearing men’s jewelry.
Gen Z and younger millennials like expressing themselves with their newfound wealth, defined in terms of experience rather than money. They hold corporate giants in high regard while carving out their young adult moral route into the future. On the other hand, marketers have detected an unmet demand for a new type of traveling menswear consumer—one who mixes luxury style with a bold vision.
All the misconceptions linked with wearing jewelry must be dispelled for American guys who want to make a style statement. You must be prepared to accessorize like a force to be reckoned with while being judged by your peers. Alternatively, if you want to make a minimalistic statement, do what suits your personality. Your confidence will skyrocket if you know you’re looking good – that’s the end of the story.
Today’s menswear sector is undergoing a style revolution. Let’s face it: wearing jewelry is geared for the more daring male customer who wants to stand out. But, more importantly, I’m referring to a man who is secure enough in his masculinity to express himself in fashionable ways.
Styling Tips for Wearing Mixed Metal Jewelry
Strike a balance
It is critical to maintain fashion equilibrium. The key is to blend your metals in a variety of places. Wearing all gold earrings and necklaces while wearing silver rings, for example, may appear weird. To balance out your outfit, we suggest wearing a mix of silver and gold rings, earrings, and necklaces.
Stick to complementary or similar jewelry styles
If you’re new to mixing metals, we recommend sticking to platings rather than dainty and bulky jewelry types if you’re starting. If you usually wear delicate gold necklaces, for example, instead of going for a sturdy silver chain, start with a dainty silver pendant.
Make daily wear extraordinary
If you wear jewelry regularly, keep the platings consistent and then mix in different colors for a more dressed-up look. The more practice you have, the more you’ll want to try on other mixed-metal jewelry.
Don’t be anxious about trying new things
We believe in experimenting with different pieces and building your distinctive style. It’s all about choosing a type that works for you, just like ear stacking or necklace layering.
Make sure your jewelry complements your skin tone
Have you ever wondered which jewelry color best complements your skin tone? Changing the plating on your jewelry to complement your skin tone can make a big difference!
There are jewelry platings to avoid and platings to go towards, whether you’re cool-toned or warm-toned, fair-skinned or dark-skinned:
If you have a fair complexion with red undertones, avoid rose gold since it will highlight your skin’s pink undertone. Instead, silver is an excellent choice since it makes fair skin look luminous and youthful.
Tanned or olive-skinned skin
You can wear any plating you want; it will all look great on you! Rose gold and silver look great on your skin, while gold jewelry brings out the golden overtones (lucky you).
Rose gold, gold, and silver jewelry look great on a dark complexion. If you’re unsure, go with gold, which brings out the warm undertones of dark complexion. Silver can look a little lost on dark skin, but it’s still eye-catching!
Jewelry Care for Mixed Metals
Use a polishing cloth to remove grime from jewelry. Try to perform this simple cleaning regularly to prevent buildup. Avoid using facial tissues or paper towels when cleaning your item because the paper fibers can scratch the surface.
Silver jewelry should be stored in a fabric-lined jewelry box to prevent corrosion and dust accumulation. Anti-tarnish strips should also be placed inside your jewelry box. These strips absorb sulfides and other impurities in the air to avoid (or at least inhibit) the formation of tarnish. On the other hand, these strips will not help you eliminate tarnish from your jewelry that has already formed.
Taking Care of Mixed Metal Jewelry
When cleaning mixed metal jewelry, it’s best to be cautious and use the least abrasive cleaner possible. Dip your object in warm water and a small amount of mild dish soap, then polish it gently with a soft cloth.
If you have a vintage object or a mixed metal piece to be cleaned thoroughly, it’s better to take it to a specialist. They can employ more powerful cleaning solutions to restore the item’s brilliance without jeopardizing its structural integrity.
If your mixed metal jewelry incorporates valuable or semiprecious stones, proceed with utmost caution. While it may be okay to scrub a diamond, pearls and opals are extremely sensitive and should never be soaked or cleaned with even a soft bristle toothbrush. It would help if you only used a soft cloth to gently wipe away any dusty films on jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones. Never use any cleaning solutions or an ultrasonic cleaner on your jewelry without visiting a professional jeweler.