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How to Mix and Match DIY Jewelry Pieces

By: Maggie Connelly, Editor, allfreejewelrymaking.com
How to Mix and Match DIY Jewelry Pieces
How to Mix and Match DIY Jewelry Pieces
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It can be really confusing trying to mix and match different DIY jewelry pieces without going completely overboard and looking overdone. However, it's hard not to fall in love with mixing and matching different homemade jewelry pieces once you learn how to do it.

Mixing and matching jewelry not only lets you wear multiple stunning pieces that you made; but, it also adds that extra flare and style to any outfit you wear. While there aren't any rules to creating style, if you are hoping to learn a thing or two about how to perfectly mix and match your DIY bracelets, necklace patterns, or homemade rings, then these tips will be extremely helpful.

This how-to jewelry making guide will help you know some strong and consistent dos and don'ts when it comes to pairing your metallic jewelry and colorful pieces together. Whether you are curious about what is best to wear with gold jewelry, or you want to perfect that cool and collected look that silver jewelry gives, this guide is going to help you out! 

How to Mix and Match Jewelry

Mixing and Matching Your DIY Jewelry Pieces

  1. Mixing Metals: When it comes to mixing different metals don't feel limited. You can mix and match all different kinds of metals together and they will be cohesive. 

    However, if you are new and nervous to mixing metals a typical guide would be to mix copper and rose gold, brass and gold, silver and white gold, or silver and gunmetal. Each of these are the same kind of color in different hues so it can seem less intimidating. 

    Another great method would be to put on a piece of DIY jewelry that already has multiple metallic colors in it. For example, this layered necklace has silver and gold put together, so you can easily pair it with other gold and silver pieces. Another great example is this copper and silver chainmail bracelet that can help you pair different metals together.

  2. Work Around the Centerpiece: This is a very important rule of thumb for mixing and matching jewelry. You don't want to have multiple chunky statement pieces on your wrist, fingers, or neck, when mixing and matching different jewelry pieces.

    Instead, have one center focus and have smaller pieces that compliment that single piece like these seed bead bracelets. For arm jewelry a lot of people like to pair DIY watches with smaller bangle bracelets together with the watch acting as the main focus. Similarly, you do not want to have a crazy stacked arm bar paired with a lot of big chunky necklaces. Pick one area to go all in and layer up, and then be more delicate on your other features.

    Check out this awesome tutorial on Wonderful Watch Making Ideas to show you some great statement watches that you can use as your centerpiece of focus! 

  3. Stacking: Now, I've mentioned stacking a couple of times or layering. If you do not have layered jewelry pieces already made up, then you are going to have to do most of the hard work yourself. 

    When it comes to stacking bracelets starting with a wrap bracelet can be a great start or addition. This How to Make a Wrap Bracelet: 37 Ways collections will get you started on all the different wrap bracelets you may need! 

    Stacking is where you combine one big with numerous small really comes into play. You don't want to have a lot of large, chunky statement pieces that are all begging for attention. Similarly, you can choose to stack up or decorate as many fingers and wrists as you want. It is important to keep in mind that you would want to pair a bold ring with a midi ring of somekind. 

    Similarly, you could wear a chain ring that adds a statement without using too big or too bold pieces of jewlery. Similarly, if you have one stacked up arm bar, you may want to go a little more sparce on your other arm.

  4. Beads and Pearls: It is always fun to toss in a different texture when you are mixing and matching jewelry pieces. Sometimes that means going with your pearl or beaded jewelry being your largest statement like with this Tom Bins Inspired Necklace

    However, it can also be very elegant to pair a couple of chunky silver bracelets with a very dainty and delicate pearl bracelet. These Simply Elegant Ombre Bracelets are another fantastic example of how you could add a daintly beaded piece to your jewelry mix.

  5. Add Color: Nothing is more fun than adding a nice pop of color inbetween your gold and silver jewelry pieces. However, this, as does everything else, comes with its own set of restrictions or tips.

    Don't try and mix and match a lot of different colors together in one jewelry look. Instead, focus on one color similar to how you would focus on one statement piece and work off of that. These Dollar Store DIY Galaxy Rings would act as a truly fantastic touch of color. 

    If you do want to use multiple colors don't go for more than two different colors, and work with complimentary colors. That way they will work off of each other to make both of them look bold and cohesive with each other.

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