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Yellow Gold Engagement Rings are 2020’s Top Trend

Pull out your grandmother’s jewelry box because yellow gold engagement rings are in vogue. Read on to discover why we love this metals sunny disposition, and see who’s wearing yellow gold on the red carpet.

What is Yellow Gold Made of?

24K yellow gold is made of, you guessed it, gold. It’s a deep, rich golden color, yolky in intensity.

24K gold is rarely used for jewelry because it’s very soft and can easily dent or bend with wear. Instead, we use 14K gold and 18K gold which are alloys. Our 18K gold alloy is 75% gold, 15% silver, and 10% copper.

Not all Yellow Golds Are Created Equal

Have you ever seen a yellow gold ring that is super yellow, another that is more green, and another so pale you’re not even sure it’s yellow gold? That’s the alloy. The color of yellow gold can vary tremendously and tends to follow the price tag. 14K gold can be very pale, and for that reason, we recommend purchasing 18K yellow gold.

Will Yellow Gold Look Good on Me?

Yellow gold looks great on anyone. It’s particularly striking on people with warm skin tones. If you’re unsure, why not order our try at home kit and see for yourself?

Will Yellow Gold Make my Diamond Look Yellow?

Definitely, and that can be a good thing. When diamonds are set in yellow gold, they can’t help but reflect all of that beautiful metal. It’s normal for even a colorless diamond to appear more yellow when set in yellow gold. This is especially true with bezel settings.

If you’re considering a yellow gold engagement ring, consider shopping for a diamond in the H-I range. You’ll enjoy a discount on the diamond, and sleep easy knowing that it’s just as beautiful as a more expensive colorless stone.

But, if your heart’s set on a stone in the D-F range, consider a two-tone setting like Harper No. 1. The platinum prongs will disappear into the diamond, minimizing the reflections, and keeping the yellow undertones to a minimum.

Are Yellow Gold Engagement Rings High Maintenance?

Yes and no. Yellow gold doesn’t require the regular re-plating that white gold does. It is, however, quite soft and can dent or scratch with wear. You’ll want to take your ring off if you go to the gym, hiking, or any kind of high-output activity. You’ll also want to get it polished once a year or so to buff out the scratches and maintain the finish and shine.

What’s not to Love?

Yellow gold engagement rings have almost all the benefits of platinum without the price tag. Their only real drawback is that yellow gold is durability. Scratches and dents are a risk to consider if you’re coveting this sunny look. 

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings on the Red Carpet

Heidi Klum canary diamond engagement ring
Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum’s Canary Diamond

Nothing goes better with yellow gold than yellow diamonds. The tone on tone look is particularly striking at larger sizes like Heidi Klums 10 carat canary yellow diamond accented by a striking yellow gold band studded with, you guessed it, yellow diamonds.

Jennifer anniston clutching her purse wearing a yellow gold rose cut engagement ring
Jennifer Anniston

Jennifer Aniston Vintage Rose Cut

Tucked underneath Jennifer Anniston enormous 9 carat (estimated) rose cut diamond is a dainty yellow gold band doing some heavy lifting. There’s nothing not to love about this modern vintage look.

Mary kate olsen wearing a vintage yellow gold and blue sapphire engagement ring
Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen Chunky Old European

There’s nothing shy about this look. Mary-Kate Olsens ring is chunky, textured and full of contrast. This vintage style features an Old European Cut Diamond surrounded by blue sapphires, a perfect complement to the triple shank band.

Halle Berrys emerald and yellow gold engagement ring
Halle Berry

Halle Berry Art Deco Emerald

Diamonds look great in yellow gold, but so do gemstones. In this case the chunky yellow gold band provides a striking backdrop to the square step cut emerald. A brushed finish gives the band vintage vibes. A stunning alternative engagement ring.

Our Favorite Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Not Sure if a Yellow Gold Engagement Ring is Right for You?

If you’re still not sure if yellow gold is right for you that’s OK! This is one of the last decisions you’ll have to make so why not leave it until the end. There’s plenty of other things to decide in the meantime. Like your stone shapesetting height, and whether or not to get pavé diamonds on the band.

In the mean time, order up a free try at home kit to try on some white gold settings and see how they look on your skin tone. Or, if you’re still waffling between stone shapes (who isn’t) request a free sketch of your dream ring. There’s no limit, and we can help you visualize the carat weights on your actual ring size.

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