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Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

With its rich colour and traditional roots, 18ct yellow gold makes an excellent choice for engagement rings.

More about yellow gold rings

Yellow gold engagement rings

Yellow gold is perhaps the most traditional of precious metal options, especially amongst bridal jewellery. Its rich colour, appearance and strength is synonymous with luxury and serves as the perfect representation of eternal unity.

The science

Yellow gold used for engagement rings and wedding rings typically consists of pure gold (24 carat) mixed with other white metal(s), to achieve greater durability and desired colour tone.

What is the difference between gold and yellow gold?

Pure 24 carat gold is not the most suitable material for crafting jewellery, as it is too soft. In order to achieve 18 karat gold, 75% pure gold (which is naturally yellow in colour) is blended with 25% other white metals, known as alloys. Mixing the pure gold with the other white metals results in a softer, more creamy yellow 18 carat yellow gold colour, as opposed to the brassy colour of 24 carat gold.

Why should I choose a yellow gold engagement ring?

Despite seeing a slump in popularity over the last 30 years, yellow gold is no longer considered a dated trend and is making a triumphant return amongst bridal jewellery. Its rich, yet fresh appearance complements both modern and vintage-inspired engagement ring designs–either as a bold juxtaposition or as a subtle nod to the concept of bridal traditions.

Combining yellow gold with contemporary designs and styles is a great way to juxtapose your design. And with a marked resurgence in vintage-inspired rings in recent years, yellow gold works perfectly in designs inspired by eras gone by. That’s not to say that it can’t look strikingly contemporary. Its bold and fresh appearance works exceptionally well in both modern and vintage-inspired jewellery designs.

And last, but certainly not least, yellow gold engagement rings flatter all complexions, with their rich, warm tones.

cushion cut diamond with custom cut blue sapphire halo and rope band in yellow gold

Which celebrities wear yellow gold engagement rings?

What do Katy Perry, Meghan Markle and Mary-Kate Olsen all have in common? They all wear yellow gold engagement rings on their left hands. Yellow gold is steadily increasing in popularity as a traditional, yet bright metal choice, making up almost 15% of our engagement ring sales.


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