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Yellow Gold Vs White Gold Engagement Rings

When choosing the metal of an engagement ring , there’s a lot to think about. What do they prefer when it comes to personal style? Do they love vintage jewellery, but not for everyday wear? Do they want a classic diamond  - or would they prefer something more unusual such as a emerald or a sapphire? All of the answers to these questions can affect your decision, when it comes to the colour of the band of your engagement ring.

For now though, we’re going to tackle the issue of yellow gold vs white gold engagement rings - and which one is the best choice for you or your partner.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings 

When we think of ‘gold’, images of the yellow variety instantly spring to mind. With the giant bullions and treasure troves we’ve seen on films since we were young, we associate yellow gold with traditional jewellery styles and vintage looks. For younger generations, they may also associate yellow gold with their parents’ wedding jewellery, making it a less popular choice for many - although the love for vintage styles that has recently resurged may change this.

We also consider yellow gold to be ‘pure’ gold, when in fact it is mixed with other metals like any other gold colour. Yellow gold is traditionally mixed with a metal alloy such as copper or zinc to increase its strength, as on its own it wouldn’t be strong enough to last as jewellery.

Yellow gold is best for:

Those who love vintage style jewellery

The traditional colour, associated with more traditional jewellery styles, makes yellow gold perfect for the vintage jewellery lover. Pair it with a bold ruby or a sparkling diamond and you have a ring that’s sure to turn heads.

Darker or olive skin tones

Yellow gold looks incredible on everyone but the colour really works well with those with darker skin tones. It stands out and makes a statement and a glittering diamond help too.

Less active people

Yellow gold can be a little softer than white, especially if you choose a higher karat metal. It can scratch or dent over time, so is best worn by people who don’t use their hands a great deal for work or are happy to take their ring off for sports or DIY. Yellow gold needs regular cleaning to keep it shiny and looking good, so a good care regime will also need to be carried out regularly.

White Gold Engagement Rings 

White gold is a timeless metal choice, it looks great with everything and many people mistake it for platinum - which is a much hardier engagement ring material. White gold is a modern ring metal choice, as its neutral look allows it to be worn with any jewellery style.

White gold is best for:

Those who lead active lives

White gold is typically stronger than yellow gold, as it usually chosen as an alternative for platinum which is very expensive. If you or your partner play sports or work with your hands it will take longer for a white gold ring to tarnish or wear.

Fair skin tones

White gold suits fair skin tones perfectly as it complements the cooler colours.

Those who love modern, easy to wear styles

White gold is close to silver in colour and goes with everything, making it the perfect choice for those who don’t like to limit their style.

Yellow Gold Vs White Gold Engagement Rings 

Yellow Gold Metal

White Gold Metal

Made using a mixture of gold plus zinc or copper. Yellow gold is one of the most hypoallergenic metal choices out there.

Made using a mixture of manganese, nickel or palladium. Nickel is a common allergen, so can cause reactions in some people if the white gold has been mixed with this.

Yellow Gold Strength

White Gold Strength

Yellow gold looks great but is a typically a softer metal, so may wear or get damaged over time. It also needs to be polished and cleaned more regularly.

The metal white gold is mixed with makes it stronger than yellow gold. 

Yellow Gold Stones

White Gold Stones

Yellow gold works well with all stone types, whether it’s a classic clear diamond or a bold green emerald. It’s the better choice for those who love more adventurous jewellery styles.

Yellow gold is also a better choice if you have a lower budget and so have opted for a diamond with a lower colour grading.

White gold works best with clear diamonds, offering a clean, minimal look.

However it does work well with lighter coloured stones, such as aquamarine or pink and yellow diamonds.

Yellow Gold Price

White Gold Price

Yellow gold is usually less expensive than most metal options, making it the better choice for those on a budget.

White gold may be a good budget alternative to platinum but it actually costs a little more to purchase than yellow gold. This is because the metals it is combined with to create its signature colour are stronger than those yellow gold is usually mixed with.

As we can see, there are pros and cons for both metals so ultimately it all depends on your personal choice. Take your time when choosing an engagement ring and find the perfect style for you or your partner that suits your needs.