Perhaps you cannot decide between gold and platinum, or maybe you are attracted by the option of having engagement and wedding rings that really stand out from the crowd. Whatever the reasons, remember that there is also the option of a two metals band to consider.
At one time, it was thought to be a rule laid down in stone that you didn’t mix metals when choosing or wearing jewellery. But rules were made to be broken, and mixing different metals has become more popular than ever. You’ll see evidence of this everywhere from celebrity engagements to the catwalk, in stores and fashion magazines.
Although it is resistant to tarnishing or oxidising, it is perhaps surprisingly more likely to scratch than, say, 14kt gold, which is mixed with a higher percentage of alloys. Nonetheless, like gold, platinum rings can be re-polished to look as good as new from time to time. Another advantage of platinum is that it develops a beautiful patina with age.
But which metals to combine? The answer is that it is entirely up to taste and personal choice.
The beauty of a mixed metal band is that it opens up a wealth of possibilities, from being able to tie your engagement ring in with other precious jewellery you own and like to wear on a regular basis to toning your ring with your wedding dress or everyday clothes.
The general principle is to choose two contrasting tones; so combining yellow and white golds is a very popular option. Another increasingly common look is to match rose gold with white. Essentially, though, your imagination is the limit: from combining silver, platinum and titanium to mixed bands of white, yellow and rose gold. Metals truly do come in such a wide range of colours that there are two-tone rings to suit every taste and budget.
The overall effect is a timeless, eye-catching look that will draw admiring glances for many years to come.
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