Don’t even ask: the answer is yes. You can mix metals. You mix them every day and on special occasions. You can mix white and yellow and even rose gold, two at a time or even all together. If this is true, why do you still have this nagging feeling that mixing metals is taboo?
Because at some point, just like wearing white after Labor Day, a rule was laid down, by someone. But as with any fashion rule, there is no enforcement, and the reasons behind it are arbitrary—which means, of course, the rule can be broken. And when enough people start to break it, the rule no longer exists outside of some antiquated idea of what “true” fashion is (truth: “true” fashion is never static).
There’s no greater proof that the rule is history than seeing designers mix metals within one piece of jewelry, as with the earrings and wedding band you see here; other inventory at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale bears this out. Mismatching is in all over jewelry fashion and metals are no exception.
Of course, you can also mix metals using your own separates of bracelets, rings, or necklaces (mismatched earrings are already trendy, so mix metals while you’re at it). Mixed bangles or stacked rings are an easy way to do it, because the key keeping the style the same, even when the metal isn’t, e.g. don’t wear chunky silver next to delicate gold, or even bold neckwear with teeny earrings.
Related is ratio. Let one color dominate, as you do when you plan your outfits. Fifty-fifty can work, but it will depend on the specific items. Try different combinations and always remember, jewelry is supposed to be fun!