Jewelry Design: Mixed Metals  Make Holidays Opulent with Margie Deeb

Let's make things interesting this holiday season. It is time to unlearn the unwritten rule that you cannot mix metals when wearing jewelry. Margie Deeb is going to tell us how to make the holidays glamorous with warm and cool metal tones. Forget the Ho-Ho-Holiday colors you always wear and show off your chic side. Mixed metals are sumptuous, stately, and perfect for this time of year.

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We love Margie Deeb's intimate knowledge of colors and we wanted to re-share some of our archive articles she has written for us. Margie is an incredibly talented artist, designer, and author. Follow along on her color journey. Let's all become students of color!

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Below, Margie discusses how to mix metals to make a statement for the holidays. Pick a metal as a dominant color and complement it. Remember to make things visually appealing by varying textures and colors. If you have grown tired of the traditional, you are going to love this blog.


Excerpt from Instant Holiday Glam: Color Palettes of Splendor. Available as a downloadable PDF.

Were you taught the crazy idea that one should never mix metals when wearing or making jewelry? I was. It took me a long time to shake the feeling that I was breaking the law when I combined copper, silver, and gold. But this is a "law" worth breaking! And it is all the rage now: look at any jewelry or clothing catalogue.

Metals form the core of holiday glam: shiny, reflective, and dazzling. Their rich glimmer elevates anything! Work consciously with metals’ warm or cool undertones: gold is related to yellow, a warm color; silver is cool because it has a bluish cast, or is void of color and warmth.

Photo by Margie Deeb

True metallic finishes like hematite, copper, and bronze add richness and depth. Muted in color, their non-distracting reflectivity lends an air of traditional elegance. Mix them with more brilliant golds.

  • When mixing metals, choose one to dominate the overall color scheme
  • Try clear faceted crystal accents with metallic palettes
  • Work with different metallic textures, such as filigree, brushed, matte, etched, and patterned
  • Texture, texture, texture! (see the photo above)
  • Add chains anywhere possible!
  • Vitrail finishes emulate the luxurious look colored metals because of a rainbow finish over a silver coating

Copper, Bronze, Gold

Hematite, Pearl, Black, Gold

Silver, Black, Gold

Silver, Galvanized Copper, Gold

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Margie Deeb

Artist and color expert Margie Deeb is the author of The Beader's Color Palette, The Beader's Guide to Color, The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design and numerous beading and color publications. She teaches color and beading across the country and her free monthly color column, Margie's Muse, is available on her website. She writes regularly for Beadwork, Bead & Button, and Step-by-Step Beads magazines.

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