So...Kanye East (of everywhere fame) has an amazing Etsy store that I've featured on this blog before.  This evening she posted this lovely rough diamond multi chain necklace with silver and gold chains.  I like it a lot (as per usual with items from the Gewgaws store) but it also got me thinking about mixed metal jewelry.  Sometimes its great.  Sometimes its good.  Sometimes its okay.  And sometimes its just awful. But I find it super useful in my jewelry collection - I mean I can pair it with either my silver OR my gold jewelry - that's extremely useful!  So I thought I'd find and recommend some nice mixed metal jewelry tonight.  But first, here's Kanye's lovely creation (on-sale now for $94 though she offers a Corporette discount....which I probably should have checked if I should post that here.  
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I know many people worry aout service and quality on Etsy. If you do not read the 'rette or are not familiar with Kanye or her store - I have bought two items from her and am aware of many others who have shopped there as well. Her service is excellent and prompt and her quality is top of the line, professional level. She also does custom orders and actually worked with me to custom-make both of the necklaces I bought from her. Anyway - now that I've internet flirted with Kanye enough (she's awesome an amazing human being lets get down to business.)
So - one of the keys for me with mixed metal jewelry is that you have to balance my desire for the metals to look as real as possible while still blending somewhat - a balance well struck by the rustic metals Kanye used above.  Hammered metals also often work well as good.  Sometimes the really bright metallics don't work as well, in my opinion.  I also REALLY love when there are other metals involved, like copper, bronze, tungsten, whatever - anyway- now that I've written an ode - lets get to the shopping.
Mixed Metal Brass Handmade Earrings at AshanteCulture on Esty ($27.50 - the price is great for cool looking earrings, ships from the US, and the artist has an interesting afrocentric theme to her jewelry.)
Metal Mixed Wrist Wrap bracelet from Fossil ($54 - I like that it mixes several metals AND has some sparkle.  Would be fun for casual or work, I think.  Fossil is actually rolling in bracelets right now - like this one or this one.
House of Harlow Two tone Engraved Stud Earrings at Nordstroms ($38 - I find that I often post dangle earrings - but I know many people like studs and these are GREAT studs.) 
Dogeared Mixed-Metal Sparkle Karma Necklace from Cusp at Neiman Marcus ($75 - this necklace is kind of fun - its a pretty pendant on a long chain that hits mid boob area - for lack of a better descriptor.  This would be a great addition to a simple black or gray or other monotoned sheath dress when you want something discrete but not boring.
Caravelle by Bulova two tone mixed metal bracelet watch at Macy's ($79.99 - watches are a great way to mix metals - since many people wear them everyday its especially helpful if they match all of your jewelry - or at least more of your jewelry.  I'm oddly drawn to this watch, maybe because the floral pattern separates it just a bit from the other watches?)
Blu Bijou Mixed Metal Geometric Necklace made of textured silver and gunmetal plate at Max & Chloe ($52.50 on sale - I think this necklace is pretty and would be a nice introduction to mixed metals for those who don't love gold.  I also really like textured or hammered silver/gunmetal a lot. I could see this as a serious work basic.)
Vanessa Mooney Classic Mixed Metal Teardrop Earrings at Beauty.com ($42.50 - a classic teardrop earring like this can be such a jewelry basic but I like the mixed metal twist. I don't know anything about Beauty.com - but Vanessa Mooney has a bunch of similar items on her direct sales page - but not these particular ones - though there are mixed metal hoop earrings.)
Hammered metal copper and aluminum swirled pendant necklace from Designami on Etsy ($20 - this is a very cool looking pendant.  I might get it restrung onto a chain with something like the small beads on the karma necklace above.)
TopShop V-link Collar Necklace at Nordstroms ($35 - I think this would be an amazing necklace for dressing up a LBD with either a deeper v-neck or strapless or a deep scoop neck.  The one review says it shines brightly but I still think it looks like the mixed metals work great and look classic yet contemporary.  And the price is right in my book.
Argento Vivo 'Prism' Double Drop Earrings at Nordstroms ($128 - generally I don't like dropping a ton of money on jewelry, but these sort of earrings are the type of thing that make me consider an exception.  First, they make a statement - they could, on their own, be the centerpiece of a formal outfit or a cocktail party or even just a night out with the girls.  Second, they are unique enough and intricately enough designed, I don't think I'll find the same thing at Target or online the next day for way cheaper.  I could be wrong of course, but these are really beautiful and seem special.  So I thought I'd share.)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Mixed Metal Button Drop Earrings at Lord & Taylor ($26 - now THESE are a great work basic.  Subtle, elegant, and they mix the metals smoothly.  And they look like they'd shine beautifully.  I'm all in.)
Mixed Metal Patterned Copper and Sterling Silver Ring by moonkistdesigns at Etsy ($70 - this is pretty and I like the patterned copper - there are actually matching earrings and necklaces available as well. Also, if you would like a smaller ring, check this one out [I like it a bit better but the picture didn't post well!])
Hive & Honey Two Tone Knotted Chain Torsade Necklace from Piperlime ($42 - not mixed metals [instead pink and gold] but I love this take on the knotted necklace trend.  On the "person" on the web, it looks like the prefect length.  A great option for a summery statement necklace.)
So - that's all she wrote (literally) today folks.  Sorry the post was a bit late; I was having a *day* and just was super grumpy.  But then Kanye posted the perfect necklace and gave me IDEAS!  Hope you like the outcome.  Do you mix metals?  What's your favorite piece of mixed metal jewelry and how do you wear it?  Leave a comment below!

Editor's Note: Did you all notice I started a twitter for this blog?  I have no idea what to do with it (or how to use it for that matter) but you should follow me if you read this blog - I might post occasional other items I see that I like ... and also I like followers.  They give my life meaning.  (Kidding - sort of.  ;-)  You can get to my Twitter by clicking the icon on the top of the page, the envelope allows you to email me directly if you have comments or questions, the Yahoo! icon actually leads to my Tumblr (there isn't a Tumblr icon and I thought it was ironic since Yahoo just bought Tumblr) and the YouTube brings you to, well, my Youtube channel which has one video and no near term plans to increase that number.  OKAY - social media update complete.


Thanks for reading - I hope this post was fun and inspired you to adventure you into the fun wild world of mixed metals (also - shoes are another place where metals can be mixed with great pizazz.)  Happy shopping and may the sales be ever in your favor.
Ru
6/6/2013 23:03:42

You're right, I hate you SO HARD. UGH.

I'm not sure if my promotion ring should be that mixed copper and silver one or that really cool one you found for me last year. You suck.

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JennyDictatrix
6/7/2013 03:47:42

This is inspiring me to pull the trigger on this. http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/JEWELRY/necklaces/PRDOVR~04790/99103137975/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~~~20+17+4294967229~15~~~~~~~/04790.jsp

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Ru
6/7/2013 08:16:24

Ooooooooohhhhh do it!!!!!!!!

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