A guide to styling yellow, white and rose gold in fine jewellery
31st Oct 2019
Gold has long been a highly desired precious metal in fine jewellery, and, at Browns we simply love it for its versatility! When most people think of gold, they naturally imagine yellow gold, as this has been traditionally used over centuries, which is why it’s so prominent in vintage jewellery. However, the actual gold metal by itself is too soft, so it needs to be mixed with other alloys such as copper. This has resulted in three types; yellow, white and rose gold - each beautiful in their own way, and sought after for their individual and unique charm. Our guide explores how gold is adorned in fine jewellery and how best to style each colour. Classic yellow gold Yellow gold is still today a firm favourite in both new and vintage fine jewellery, being thought of as the gold that’s ‘truly golden’. Many younger members of the family will associate this gold with their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding rings. For a vintage look, yellow gold can be accented with a rich ruby or vivid emerald, or simply standalone glistening diamonds for a contemporary feel. Yellow gold is a staple colour that looks stunning on everyone, though it looks particularly striking against darker or olive skin tones. Successfully combining a modern trend with vintage art deco, is our diamond and yellow gold triangle shape necklace from the Geometric Collection. This necklace is crafted from 9ct yellow gold and features a pave triangle design with brightly sparkling diamonds taking centre stage. Wear this stunning piece as part of your everyday look, over a turtleneck top for a casual statement, or; with party season coming up, wear it with a festive glittery dress. [caption id="attachment_2146" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Diamond & Yellow Gold Triangle Necklace - £235[/caption] Timeless white gold First gaining popularity in the 1920s, white gold has become a go-to choice for special pieces of jewellery, such as engagement rings. This colour gold is timeless, classic and understated, and, most importantly, effortlessly complements the sparkle of a dazzling diamond. At first glance, white gold looks similar to silver and works with just about any style due to its modern look. White gold complements cooler colours beautifully and especially suits those with fairer skin tones. For the ultimate choice of white gold jewellery, the Radiance Collection features a spectacular array of diamond flanked necklaces, in various beautiful designs, from peardrops to circles. For example, our double circle necklace has been crafted from 18ct white gold and features two circles traced in bright sparkling diamonds. This can be worn both with your everyday attire, around the office and also to a special occasion for an added touch of glitz.
Romantic rose gold
Rose gold’s evergrowing popularity makes it the perfect choice for a jewellery piece with a romantic twist, due to its charming rose hue. However, rose gold is not only popular today, but was often favoured during the Victorian era, being used in engagement rings as a symbol of love. Rose gold is unsurprisingly both a contemporary and traditional favourite. The soft colour will complement all skin tones beautifully and add a romantic touch to any style.
Rose gold looks wonderful offset with gemstones, especially those with a feminine hue such as morganite, pink sapphire, rose quartz, pink tourmaline, as well as amethyst, ruby and garnet. Our pink sapphire rose gold ring, from the Rainbow Collection, is also a stunning example of how beautiful a rose gold metal and gemstone unison can be. This gorgeous ring has been elegantly crafted from 18ct rose gold and showcases a large rose-cut pink sapphire, offset magnificently by a halo of bright sparkling diamonds. With pink sapphire carrying good-fortune and symbolising trust and loyalty, it’s easy to see why this ring is particularly special, as a gift to the one you love or a well-deserved treat to yourself.
[caption id="attachment_2152" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rose Cut Pink Sapphire Ring - £1,155[/caption]
But who says you can’t mix these beautiful golden metals? Today, many jewellery trends include a contrasting mixture of warm and cool tones. If you’re styling an outfit with a neutral or block colour, such as a white top, it makes the perfect canvas for a mix of beautiful jewellery colours. If you’re choosing to wear different coloured stacking rings, it’s good to scatter them evening across both hands. Read more on how to do this in our stacking rings blog.
At Browns, we’re pleased to stock a range of beautiful yellow, white and rose gold fine jewellery. You can find out more about them in our types of precious metals in jewellery guide, and don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop into your nearest store to speak to one of our friendly experts.