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 metals engagement ring feels super fresh. Plus, it affords the opportunity to switch things up more often if you’re looking to mix up your wedding band and engagement rings 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 a stack feels incredibly modern, too.
Mixed-metal rings run the gamut from subtle to majorly contrasted. 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—a halo, prongs, stone setting, or band makes for a subtle accent in rose gold, yet appear totally eye-catching. Fred Leighton, Love Adorned, and Hearts On Fire have stunning options.
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. Suzanne Kalan, Anna Sheffield, Todd Pownell, and Todd Reed have the coolest versions on offer from double bands to multi-stone creations.
One for more vivacity? Consider a ring with more than one stone such as Tiffany & Co.’s round brilliant diamond platinum ring offset with a pink diamond halo set in rose gold. Or, a colored center stone like Yael Designs yellow sapphire in a yellow gold setting joined with colorless diamond side stones set in white gold.
For the epitome of modern metal mixing, think beyond two-tone rings with Spinelli Kilcollin’s Anath ring. Composed of four linked rings in mixed 18K rose, yellow and white gold with pavé-set cognac, champagne, and white diamonds and a one carat solitaire white diamond, it’s truly breathtaking.
Ready to mix things up? Click through to see all of our favorite mixed-metal engagement ring styles, ahead.
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