A Beginner's Guide To Mixed-Metal Jewelry

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Wearing yellow gold with white gold with silver with oxidized silver with platinum has been a contentious jewelry topic for decades. Is metal-mixing a fashion faux pas, or is it just plain fashionable? Some shun the mere idea, but the many-metals aesthetic — which first gained popularity between 1935 and 1950 — has persevered, despite the haters. Today, it's more present than ever — in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings alike. 

We're not talking about simply stacking your yellow-gold midi rings with your platinum ones. The new stars of the trend include two-toned baubles like those in TARA 4779's percentages collection, which blends yellow and white metals in 10-90, 50-50, and 25-75 ratios. And, let's not forget Digby & Iona's rose-gold and sterling silver signet ring.

Finally ready to give the style a try? We're showing you 12 edgy, simple ways to nail it.

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The blackened gold strips in Dana Bronfman's earrings add contrast and edge to the perfectly polished yellow gold.
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Notice how delicately this necklace's chain weaves together both yellow- and white-gold components.
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Can't decide between a yellow- or white-gold wedding band? The good news is: You don't have to.
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Radiant tourmaline stones are embedded in these interlocking white- and black-gold rings.
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The coolest paperclip earring we ever did see.
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This choker is totally even-steven: 50% yellow gold and 50% white gold.
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Why wear just one metal when you can wear two?
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Sold as a set of two, these claw rings are meant to be stacked side-by-side.
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Sterling silver and bronze are a perfect match.
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This molten, mixed-metal band of oxidized sterling silver and gold is unconventional, to be sure. It's also totally stunning.
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Mismatched and two-toned? It doesn't get more on-trend than these studs.
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This necklace is offered in a variety of metals, so you can mix and match to your heart's content.

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