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There was a time when mixing metals was a total no-no. But as engagement rings defy tradition more and more, we’re all about breaking the rules. These days, picking a mixed-metal engagement ring feels super fresh—as it should be! Eye-catching and unexpected, it is a bold way to showcase your (equally bold) personality and style. Plus, it affords the opportunity to switch things up more often if you’re looking to mix up your wedding band and engagement ring combo as well as with your everyday jewelry—let’s hear it for versatility. If you’re a fan of ring stacks, incorporating a mixed-metal engagement ring or wedding ring into the mix feels incredibly modern, too.
We consulted with industry experts, Amanda Trevizo and Nicole Wegman, to learn everything you should know about selecting your very own mixed-metal engagement ring. Trevizo serves as the buyer for Shane Co. Jewelry and Wegman has blurred the line between jeweler and influencer as the founder of Ring Concierge. The two shared insights on everything from trending metals to how to care for your mixed-metal ring to how to make your engagement ring uniquely yours. But, Wegman and Trevizo aren't the only ones with their eyes on this unconventional look. More and more brides are opting for a ring that feels special and sets them apart from the sea of rings that saturate their feed—and mixing metals does just that! Celebs like Nicole Richie's unforgettable stack and Amy Adam's own spin on mixed metals remind us why stepping outside of the box has never looked so good.
Meet the Expert
Mixed-metal rings run the gamut from subtle to majorly contrasted. With an array of stunning looks to choose from, start by assessing your own personal style and the kind of statement you want to make with your bridal bling. Combined yellow gold and white gold designs are pretty and a bit more traditional in feel, especially if you go for a timeless cut stone like a pear, oval, round, or marquise. Selin Kent, Single Stone, and Kian Design have impressive takes. Rose gold mixed into a design with yellow gold, white gold, or platinum has more of a fashion-forward look—not to mention the warm hue adds an incredibly romantic touch. If you're seeking a more understated contrast, a halo, prongs, stone setting, or band makes for a subtle accent in rose gold while still appearing totally eye-catching. Love Adorned and Hearts On Fire have gorgeous options that you're bound to fall in love with.
Ready to mix things up? Keep reading to see all 33 of our favorite mixed-metal engagement ring styles, ahead.
Shane Co. Round Diamond Three-Stone in Two-Tone Gold
The 14k yellow gold detail cascades across this timeless three-stone diamond engagement ring. Set on a 14k white gold band, this piece exudes the most stunning contrast.
Harry Kotlar Dynasty Ring
For the bride looking to incorporate a bold, nature-inspired element—do we have the ring for you! Yellow and white diamonds are set in platinum and 18k yellow gold creating the most captivating floral engagement ring.
Tiffany & Co. Soleste Round Brilliant Double Halo Engagement Ring
We're picking our jaws up off the floor after catching a glimpse of this round diamond engagement ring. Featuring a double halo and pavé band, the flash of pink diamonds in addition to the platinum and rose gold setting make this piece a statement.
ILA Farley Ring
The dainty allure of this trillion-cut diamond solitaire is practically magnetic. Set in 18k yellow and white gold, a piece like this makes a statement without even having to try.
1stDibs Edwardian Mixed Metals 1.25 Natural Sapphire and Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring
A cocktail ring and an engagement ring all rolled into one? Yes, please. This vintage-inspired piece features a natural blue sapphire center stone surrounded by a flurry of old mine-cut diamonds on a yellow gold band.
Blue Nile Two-Tone Twisted Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
There's no doubt that this piece has everything (and more)! A 14k yellow gold unadorned band intertwines with a pavé-set 14k white gold band as a diamond halo glimmers around a round center stone.
What to Look for When Choosing a Mixed-Metal Engagement Ring
Now, this is the fun part! Begin by considering the different types of metals you would like to incorporate into your ring stack. "Is there a particular color metal you want to show more than the other? If you are looking for something that has diamonds and mixed metal, diamonds tend to cover a lot of the metal, so the accent metal may show more," Amanda Trevizo says.
"The most popular mixed-metal engagement ring combo marries yellow and platinum together. For engagement rings, we opt for platinum over white gold because of its durability, so if you're after the mixed-metal look, we suggest pairing platinum with yellow gold," explains Nicole Wegman.
Your engagement ring's band isn't the only one to consider. Elevate your stack by being intentional about the design and metal type you select for your wedding band. "You should take into account what color metal you would like for your band as well. You will want to make sure you consider the complete bridal set, so that the metal colors balance the way you want them to," explains Trevizo.
Whether you choose to mismatch platinum, yellow, rose, or white gold, select the combination that reflects your personal style and feels closest to the representation of your partnership. "For someone seeking a more dramatic mixed-metal look, a bezel in a contrasting color from the ring's band offers an eye-catching two-tone effect that's still sleek. Our Yellow Old Mine Cut Bezel-Set Engagement Ring features a fancy yellow diamond in a yellow gold bezel mounting that pops against a pavé-encrusted platinum band," Wegman says.
- What metals pair best with one another? "Styles tend to pair back to white gold typically, so either yellow gold with white gold or platinum or rose gold with white gold or platinum. If yellow gold and rose gold are mixed, then designers tend to incorporate a white metal as well," says Trevizo.
- Will my two metals age differently over time? "When mixing metals, I always recommend platinum and yellow gold instead of white gold and yellow gold. White gold is an alloy that isn't naturally white. It is plated in rhodium to give its white appearance. Over time, that plating will wear off and the ring will start to look more yellow. It can be re-dipped once or twice but will wear differently than yellow gold or platinum over time," Wegman states.
- How can I make my mixed-metal engagement ring more unique? Oxidized metals or various metal finishes in combination make for a unique mixed-metal look, too. Sparkling diamonds and gemstones offset with such metals take on a raw aesthetic that’s perfect for alternative or edgier brides-to-be.
- What stones pair best with a mixed-metal engagement ring? "Diamonds go with any metal settings," states Trevizo. "For a ring mixed with rose gold, I would recommend diamond, morganite, peach sapphire, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, black sapphire, and lavender sapphire. For yellow gold, diamond, blue sapphire, aquamarine, blue-green sapphire, black sapphire, rubies, and yellow sapphire."
- How should I care for my mixed-metal engagement ring? "Wear would depend on lifestyle, and it is always best to maintain your ring by getting it cleaned by your jeweler about every six months," Trevizo suggests.