Engagement Ring Trend Alert! Mixed Metal Engagement Rings

The perfect compromise for the bride who can't decide

Updated 01/26/17
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Bridesmaid dresses aren't the only thing to fall under the mismatched trend these days — engagement rings have been mixing and matching, too. If you can't decide between a shiny platinum or romantic rose gold, jewelry designers have got it covered. Introducing: the mixed metal ring. While some jewelry purists declare that it's an offense to wear different metals at once, the chicness of a two-tone ring has us thinking otherwise. The mixed metals create a striking juxtaposition and adds a touch of personalization. For the bride who can't decide what she wants in her ring, this is the perfect compromise.

Mixed metals can be showcased in engagement rings in various ways. A common design is an elegant twist, in which two strands of metals are intertwined around each other to form a band of effortless beauty. Another common style is seen in a halo ring, in which the halo setting contrasts with the metal of the band; the design makes the halo pop more than it already does. The prong setting in a solitaire ring can also feature a different metal than the band it's sprouting from.

If Kate Middleton can dare to mix metals with a platinum sapphire engagement ring (worn by Princess Diana, of course) and a yellow gold wedding band, so can you.

Brilliant Earth Square Halo Engagement Ring
Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

A rose gold band with French pavé diamond accents accentuates a white gold square halo for a true sparkler of a ring. (Odessa Diamond Ring, starting at $1,750, Brilliant Earth)

Marchesa Mixed Metal Engagement Ring
Courtesy of Macy's

This Filigiree star-inspired ring has celestial elegance, not only in form but in the pairing of an 18K yellow gold band with an 18K white gold setting. ("Star" engagement ring, $6,800, Marchesa available at Macy's)

Parade Designs Mixed Metal Engagement Ring
Courtesy of Parade Designs

Sometimes, a two-toned ring just isn't enough. The best of gold is shown in the intertwining of white, yellow and rose, who play together for a rainbow of colors. (R2894, white, yellow and rose 18K gold ring, $3,600 (setting only), Hemera Bridal Collection by Parade Design)

Greenwich Jewelers Mixed Metal Engagement Ring
Courtesy of Greenwich Jewelers

This Art Deco-inspired sparkler features a platinum geometric halo surrounding an Old European cut diamond on a yellow gold band, beautifully merging two vintage vibes. ("Savannah" single stone diamond engagement ring, $16,400, Greenwich Jewelers)

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