How to Choose a Mixed Metal Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairing

Go ahead, pair your yellow gold engagement ring with that platinum wedding band you've been eyeing.

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There's no denying that mixed metals are trending in the jewelry world, and for good reason. When you love the look of multiple metals, why should you have to choose? From ring stacks and earrings to necklaces and bracelets, it's more common than ever to find pretty pieces fabricated from multiple different materials. And now the trend is making its way to the wedding world, but in a somewhat different way. Contemporary brides are loving the look of mixed metal engagement ring and wedding band pairings. Even A-list brides are on-board with the idea: Keira Knightley and Isla Fisher both sport mismatched engagement ring and wedding band sets, as does our favorite royal, Kate Middleton. She paired her white gold sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a classic wedding band made of Welsh yellow gold.

Thinking about a contrasting wedding set for yourself? Here's what you need to know.

Explore your options.

Your engagement ring and wedding band should reflect your personal style and your one-of-a-kind relationship, so don't feel forced to choose just one metal for both. Whether you're after a subtle mix or major contrast, mixing metals is a great way to create a set of rings that's uniquely to who you are. Visit your jeweler to see different metals in person, then see which two you love together. Eric Robinson, creative director of Green Lake Jewelry Works, recommends creating a ring set that expresses your individuality and steps away from tradition. "Accenting platinum with warm rose gold has become increasingly popular," he explains of how he sees the trend most often employed.

Consider the look you're going for.

Do you want your mixed metals to be bold and statement-making? Then you'll probably want to try two different color families, like yellow gold or rose gold with platinum. Prefer something a little more understated? Rose gold and yellow gold, or even platinum and white gold, might be a better choice. If you want to ensure you get a unified look, talk to your jeweler about ways to tie your mixed metals together. Romantics may like the look of a filigree design done in contrasting colors on each ring, while modern brides may prefer details like matching the colored prongs of their engagement ring to their wedding band.

But think about wear and tear.

Like any important piece of jewelry, you'll want to make sure your engagement ring and wedding band will last forever. Some metals are stronger than others, while some are more prone to scratching. Consider the hardness and durability of the metals you're choosing. Ideally, you should choose metals with the same hardness to avoid the rings scratching each other when you wear them. Furthermore, if you intend to mix the metals on each ring, you'll want to be sure that they can be similarly cared for.

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