I have to admit, I had my doubts when a friend of mine took me shopping for her wedding bands and said that she wanted a rose gold band, because she adores the rose gold trend. Her engagement ring is a three stone white gold halo masterpiece and, being raised to stick to one metal, it felt like she was committing a crime. She tried one on, and I have to admit: this non-believer was blown away. It looked stunning, not at all out of place, giving a warmth to her white gold ring. I decided to investigate:
The men are already doing it
It’s not often we have our men leading on trends, especially when it comes to weddings. But when looking at men’s wedding bands, I realised that they’ve been doing this for years! White gold bands with rose gold cores, titanium laced with white gold trim, two tone yellow and white gold rings. Combinations like these can make what would have been a boring wedding band, as men’s wedding bands can often be, something unique and attention worthy. Seems they knew their stuff all along!
Working with trends
A lot of people love trends, but when it comes to wedding pieces, most opt to go for something with staying power. The rose gold trend is, to most, exactly that: a trend. But mixing metals, and specifically stacking them, gives you the opportunity to have your eternal piece (I would suggest picking out your engagement ring to be this piece) and your trend pieces (the stacking pieces) together in a combination tailored to you. Adding a rose or yellow gold (or both) bands to your engagement ring means that it is something you can change up, add more to or wear in different combinations as the years go by. Anything you want really! It gives a styling freedom we never thought we could have, while still keeping the sentiment of your engagement ring.
Mixing metals in one ring
This is a trend I was a bit more wary of, being a traditionalist at heart. Taking a cue from the men, mixing metals in one ring has become more and more common, giving the design a unique edge and softness that I would not have expected from something that sounds like it should clash violently. It can take a simple design and elevate into something attention grabbing, like the infinity design below, intertwined with rose and white gold.
Taking the colour of you stone into consideration can play a big part in the metals you choose. After recently having a ring made with a champagne diamond, I was pleasantly surprised at the difference mixing metals made to the design. I wanted a rose gold ring, but it made the champagne diamond look muddy and dull. The solution? A rose gold band with white gold claws for the diamond, preserving the true colour of it. Ingenious.
As long as we’re mixing metals, why not mix stones as well? Like this amazing mix of metals and black and white stones that would cause serious ring envy amongst your friends. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box, mix and match to suit your style!