The Rules of Etiquette – How to Combine Silver and Gold Jewelry

Current trends do not just make us revise our set of jewelry but also completely revise our traditions. Although jewelry etiquette is still in use, it doesn’t mean we should follow its every rule no matter what. Let’s figure out together which rules we can safely leave behind and which we still need to take into account.

Divide Your Jewelry Collection into Day and Evening

It is common to believe that day-wear jewelry should be concise and deprived of a luxurious scattering of stones and bizarre shapes. However, the fact that diamonds are exclusively an evening piece is a deep delusion. The only thing you should consider when going with diamonds early in the morning is simplicity.

Let’s recall historical traditions concerning the choice of an evening set of jewelry. To do so, we need to rewind the time almost 100 years back, to the 1920s, when so-called “cocktail rings” occurred. After the First World War, women began to defend their importance in society, especially in the USA. “Prohibition” introduced cocktails into fashion (since drinks imported into the country illegally were of poor quality). At the same time, cocktail dresses and rings became an essential attribute of speakeasy parties. Ladies, accustomed to attending events in long dresses, began to wear short ones. They tried to compensate for the lack of dress luxury with large intricately-shaped rings. Cocktail rings are still popular till this day. You can adorn your finger with original rings in the ‘cocktail’ style or try something different such as unique bishop rings featuring massive amethyst stones. Regardless of your final choice, you need to keep in mind the main rule – when it comes to your attire, less is more.

Put Together a basic jewelry set

A basic jewelry “wardrobe” is comprised of pieces that you are willing to wear every day. When compiling it, pay attention to how versatile these items are meaning whether you are able to wear the same accessory casually and in the evening alike. It is not hard to put together your versatile jewelry collection if you rely on timeless classic designs: discreet earrings, pearl studs, simple chain necklaces featuring miniature pendants, as well as gold or sterling silver bangle bracelets.

Combine Jewelry from Different Sets

Once the rules of etiquette dictated that jewelry should be purchased in a set. Today, however, you can ignore this doctrine. That being said, you should rule out abundance. In most cases, a couple of bright accents are more than enough. The best option is to use your basic jewelry pieces with the addition of eye-catching details. For example, you can combine everyday earrings with a cocktail ring.

Feel Free to Mix Gold and Silver

The “ban” on the ensemble of gold and silver has long been lifted. Today, these two metals can frequently be found together within the same product, whether it be earrings or a band. Yellow gold goes well with sterling silver, especially when it comes to avant-garde designs. In addition, bracelets and rings made of different metals can accompany one another on one hand. The main thing is that the items are minimalistic and their duet does not turn into a competition.

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