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.
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 facted crystal accents with metallic palettes
• work with different metallic textures, such as filigree, brushed, matte, etched, and patterned
• texture, texture, texture! (see the photo to the left)
• add chains anywhere possible!
• vitrail finishes emulate the luxurious look colored metals because of a rainbow finish over a silver coating
Try these suggested palettes of mixed metals: