Yellow gold has been considered the ultimate in luxury ever since the Egyptians, and now with vintage at the height of fashion, yellow gold for engagement rings is back with a bang. It is ideally suited to anyone with a warmer skin tone. In fact, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Wilde have all plumped for a yellow gold engagement ring in recent years - each a modern-day style icon.
Verragio INS-7074R Braided 3 Stone Engagement Ring
Pure yellow gold is actually a very soft metal, so in order to be used and worn as jewelry, it is necessary to mix it with another type metal – normally copper, silver, nickel, or zinc (if you used pure yellow gold, you would soon find that your engagement ring was dented and misshapen).
The higher the karat (the amount of yellow gold) used in the metal, the warmer the yellow tone and the higher the price. Pure yellow gold is 24 karat, while most engagement rings are either 18k (75% gold and 25% alloy metal) or 14k gold (58% gold and 42% alloy metal).
If you have a budget to consider, yellow gold can be a good choice, as it has the additional advantage of allowing you to have more flexibility when it comes to the color of the diamond you choose. Because your solitaire stone is not being placed next to a white metal, where it may compare unfavorably, it matters less if the color of the diamond you choose is down the lower end of the scale.
Several designer engagement ring brands create some truly breathtaking pieces using yellow gold and many relish the opportunity to design something that has a vintage aesthetic. Danhov
uses halo diamonds and diamond pave to great effect, while Verragio
uses beading and scalloping to create something ornate and beautiful. Benchmark
even produces engagement rings mixing yellow gold with other metals, for an unusual take on the traditional design.
Danhov LE116 Per Lei Diamond Engagement Ring
If you are considering a designer engagement ring, there is no better match than with A CUT ABOVE® Hearts & Arrows Diamond
. These super ideal diamonds are the ultimate in diamond precision and light performance, and paired with a style from a top designer they create a synergy of heirloom quality.
Hearts & Arrows refers to the perfect optical symmetry that these diamonds possess. The diamond’s facets are cut so precisely that entirely symmetrical reflection patterns are visible when a special reflector device is used. Perfect facet alignment results in maximum sparkle, fire and brilliance.
To be certified as Ideal, these diamonds are comprehensively analyzed by the American Gem Society Laboratories
where they must pass a battery of performance tests with zero deductions. There are still more tests to pass during additional Whiteflash reviews, ensuring that only the very finest diamonds in the world achieve the certification of A CUT ABOVE®.
If you are considering a yellow gold engagement ring, there are a myriad of different options available to suit every style. It is worth considering whether the wearer owns other gold jewelry, as this will mean that the ring will blend with her existing style. Having said that, mixing metals is a trend in and of itself, so it’s hard to go wrong with yellow gold!