This type of jewelry is accomplished by combining any type of metal with silver. The metal that the silver is combined with is normally a different luster and color. It is commonly paired yellow gold. The yellow gold ranges in purity between ten and twenty-four karats. It provides a high degree of contrast against silver, which is the lighter metal. Two-tone silver jewelry is a big hit with men as they can find forms of tie pies, watches, and cuff links.
For two-tone jewelry sterling silver forms the base and this metal is almost 93% pure silver. To increase its casting properties and stability it is mixed with other metals. The first metal that is usually chosen to pair with silver is copper. Other metals include platinum, zinc, and germanium, all of which may be used to eliminate fire scale and reduce the effects of tarnishing. In times past, two-tone silver jewelry used to be considered faux pas to mix the two colors but now it looks very stylish.
Types of designs
Using this two-tone silver a variety of designs can be completed. Although the silver component may be the overall pieces background, the detail work can be accent in yellow color. Choices that are common for gold accents can include:
• Animal shapes
• Club and school crests
Some jewelers may add a small or medium size diamond to these jewelry pieces. When making rings in two-tone silver it could be a base for a pearl or gem stone setting. One of the reasons that two-tone silver is used in cuff links, watches, and charm bracelets is that the two-tone can accentuate different aspects of the piece. For example, a classic watchband may have two bands of silver may surround a yellow gold band. They may intertwine the two colors and give the watchband woven pattern.
Charm bracelets hold many multiple small pieces that use the yellow gold to give detail to the silver figurines. With sterling silver cuff links, they can be embossed with a yellow gold insignia, monogram, or crest. Many times they make matching sets of cuff links and tie pins. Two-tone silver rings offer a person a ring made with two metals so if you are one that likes both metals there are some amazing designer rings.
• Combine layered looks with non-pendant and pendant necklaces of various lengths
• If you are wearing a V-neckline center your pendant midway between your collar bone and neckline
• Stack two-tone silver bracelets with all good or all silver. This design creates a balance of texture and high shine.
This two-tone silver jewelry will mix well with most outfits from the famous little black dress to your denim jeans.