How to master the art of mixing gold and silver jewellery. Plus, the pieces the FQ editors are coveting

22 May 2024
By Fashion Quarterly

Stuck on gold but want to try silver, or vice versa? Lift inspiration from the stylish set in Copenhagen and confidently mix your metals with this guide on the dos and don’ts.

Copenhagen street style, Fall/Winter 2024. Image: Launchmetrics.com/Spotlight.

Danish jewellery design is renowned for its minimalist aesthetic, high-quality craftsmanship, and innovative use of materials. It features clean lines, simple forms, and often draws inspiration from nature with organic shapes and motifs. The designs are both timeless and versatile, balancing creativity with functionality making them ideal for everyday wear. 

From hardware on clothing and accessories to footwear, fashion is currently having a moment with chrome and silver. While this is great news for those who already adopt the cool metal, it can pose a challenge for those who have spent years acquiring gold. Instead of making the jump from one to the other for the sake of a trend, our editors encourage you to consider mixing metals to enjoy the benefits of both. 

Copenhagen street style, Fall/Winter 2024. Image: Launchmetrics.com/Spotlight.

Danish jewellery often features clean lines, simple forms, and understated elegance. The designs focus on simplicity and functionality, avoiding excessive ornamentation.

How to mix gold and silver jewellery together

Start with a Statement Piece: Begin with a key piece that incorporates both silver and gold, such as a two-tone stack of rings or a mixed-metal necklace. This will serve as the anchor for your look.

Layer with balance: Add layers of jewellery in both metals. For instance, wear a gold bracelet alongside a silver one. Aim for a balanced mix, so neither metal dominates.

Vary textures and finishes: Combine different textures and finishes to add depth. Mix polished and matte pieces, or pair delicate chains with organic shaped bracelets.

Choose a common theme: Pick a unifying element, like a particular style (e.g., boho, minimalist) or motif (e.g., geometric shapes or pearls), to create a cohesive look.

 

Pandora Essence 'Two-tone Entwined Bands Ring', $189.
Pandora Essence 'Organically Shaped Pavé Circle & Treated Freshwater Cultured Pearl Collier Necklace', $149.
Pandora Essence 'Organically Shaped Open Bangle', $349.

Coordinate with your outfit: Ensure your mixed-metal jewellery complements your outfit. Neutral tones like black, white, and beige work well, allowing the jewellery to stand out.

Consider proportions: Balance is key. Pair smaller, dainty pieces with larger, statement ones. For example, if you’re wearing a bold gold necklace, opt for smaller silver earrings.

Experiment and personalise: Don’t be afraid to try different combinations to see what works best for your style. Personalise your look with pieces that have sentimental value or unique designs.

Pandora Essence 'Organically Shaped Circle & Treated Freshwater Cultured Pearls Stud Earrings', $139.
Pandora Essence 'Treated Freshwater Cultured Pearls T-bar Collier Necklace', $529.
Pandora Essence 'Organically Shaped Stacking Rings', $229.

About the Pandora Essence Collection

A new journey for Pandora, PANDORA ESSENCE takes its cues from the free-flowing forms of nature. Connect to nature’s elements: the beauty of organic shapes and sculptural contours, woven into modern jewellery that reflects what’s unique about you.

Discover Pandora Essence here. 

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