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Picking The Right Ring Metal For A Valentine’s Proposal: Part 2

When planning a Valentine’s proposal, it is important to get every detail right. Earlier this week, we spent some time discussing different ring metals for engagement rings. Although rose gold and platinum are popular choices for Valentine’s Day, they aren’t the only options. Depending on your bride to be’s personality and style, yellow gold and white gold may be better options. Continue reading the Adiamor blog to help decide the best ring metal for your Valentine’s day proposal!

White Gold Engagement Rings

Pear Shape Diamond Halo EngagementChoosing the perfect ring metal for your Valentine’s Day proposal depends heavily on the future bride. Pairing her style and preferences with a white gold ring is easy to do. White gold has a silvery shine to it, similar to platinum. However, platinum is more dense and heavier than white gold, which makes a white gold engagement ring the perfect choice for a dainty, feminine ring. Additionally, pave set engagement rings look great in white gold because it appears as if the entire ring was dipped in diamonds. If you’re looking for sophisticated elegance for your Valentine’s Day proposal, then white gold may be the perfect solution.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

yellow gold engagement ringProposing on Valentine’s Day is definitely a popular idea. Because of this, many men overthink their Valentine’s proposal and do too much. Yellow gold can be a solution this problem. In fact, yellow gold is the most traditional and classic of all engagement rings. This makes choosing a simple yellow gold solitaire engagement ring an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. Although this traditional elegance may seem understated, a solitaire diamond sparkles and shines when paired with yellow gold. When in doubt, there’s simply nothing like a classic yellow gold ring.

Not quite ready to purchase an engagement ring? Visit our Engagement Ring Guide today to learn everything you need to know before proposing!

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Popular Styles of Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

If you ask any random person to draw a picture of an engagement ring with a box of crayons, there is a very good chance they will draw a yellow gold ring. Since yellow gold is the most classic of all precious metals, it is what most people think of when they think of gold jewelry. Despite the rise in popularity of white gold and rose gold, yellow gold continues to be the jewelry standard. One of the reasons yellow gold engagement rings continue to be so popular is the warm gold color contrasts perfectly with the cool hues of diamonds.

18k yellow gold Channel-Set Engagement SettingChannel Set Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

While the yellow gold solitaire is the most classic engagement ring, yellow gold is an exceptional choice for modern ring styles. Because diamonds and yellow gold work so well together, many brides to be love the look of channel set diamonds in a yellow gold band. This upgrades the look of the traditional solitaire ring. By adding diamonds to the band, the channel set diamonds provide more sparkle. The ring featured on the right is the perfect blend between modern designs and classic style. Featuring a total of 12 channel set brilliant cut round diamonds, the center stone’s fire and brilliance is amplified by the diamonds in the band.

18k yellow gold engagement ringsModern Yellow Gold Rings

For brides who prefer the yellow gold hues but want something ultra modern, consider non traditional bands. One such example is the R1910 18k yellow gold engagement setting. This particular ring incorporates a twisted band that is set with 20 baguette diamonds. The total carat weight of the diamonds is nearly 1.5 carats. The result is a center diamond that appears wrapped in a swirling diamonds. The dramatic effect is the perfect statement piece for bold brides.

The Traditional Yellow Gold Solitaire

classic yellow gold solitaireFinally, the classic yellow gold engagement ring is the solitaire setting. Even though it is probably the ring most people would draw, this engagement setting is a classic for a reason. The durability of yellow gold makes an exquisite match for a sparkling center stone. Additionally, even though the solitaire is instantly recognizable, it does not mean that this setting cannot express a unique personality. Nearly every diamond shape can be used to create the perfect custom yellow gold engagement ring. Create a custom yellow gold engagement ring from scratch today featuring the diamond of your choice. You’ll find the perfect engagement setting for bride in no time!

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How To Choose An Engagement Ring Metal

Getting engaged is a life changing decision. And picking out the perfect ring can seem nearly impossible at first. When you start shopping for an engagement ring, there are many choices to make. In addition to learning about diamonds as well as ring styles, you also have to make sure you understand the differences in ring metals. Most engagement rings consist of a band made from a precious metal, typically gold or platinum, as well as one or more diamonds.

Traditional Yellow Gold

yellow goldSince the natural color of gold is yellow, yellow gold is the most classic of all ring metals. It is also considered to be the most timeless choice. Yellow gold’s natural hues pair exceptionally well with the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds. This combination of warm colors and cool sparkle makes yellow gold an excellent choice for pave settings and halo settings that incorporate additional gemstones.

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Romantic Rose Gold Engagement Rings

rose gold ringThe pinkish hues of rose gold are one of the reasons its so popular these days. Since rose gold rings are flattering to nearly every skin tone, they are highly sought after. Also, rose gold is considered to be a romantic ring metal due to its pink colors. Another reason rose gold is such a popular ring metal is it pairs well with both fancy colored diamonds and other gemstones. For this reason, rose gold is the perfect ring for creating a unique look that stands out.

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Elegant White Gold

white gold ringThe sophistication of white gold is why so many now prefer it to yellow gold. Although white gold does have a slight natural tint of yellow, it is plated with rhodium to make it appear brighter and more white. This durable coating requires upkeep to prevent the natural yellow tints to show. The cool tones of white gold make these rings the perfect match for brilliant diamonds. The shine of white gold resembles the look of platinum, and this is another reason it is such a popular choice.

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How Pure Are White Gold Engagement Ring Settings?

While yellow gold is the traditional standard for both engagement rings and wedding bands, white gold is certainly quite popular. White gold allows jewelry wears a bit more options. The color of white gold is actually quite similar to the color of platinum, yet it is a more affordable option. Platinum is more rare, but this also means it is more expensive. For gold lovers who want something lighter in color, white gold is a great alternative. However, many people worry that their white gold engagement ring will not have the same value. In order to bust this myth, let’s take some time to understand white gold.

White Gold Characteristics

As a metal, gold will not tarnish, rust, or corrode. These properties, along with the value of gold due to its scarcity as a metal, make gold a great choice for creating fine jewelry. However, pure 24 karat gold is actually quite soft. It must be alloyed with other metals for strength. This means that all gold jewelry that is not pure 24k gold is an alloy, including yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold jewelry.

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Classic Solitaire Setting in
18K White Gold

How Is White Gold Created?

To create white gold, white metals such as nickel, silver, and palladium are used to create an alloy with the gold. Since 14k white gold is 58.3% gold and 18k white gold is 75% gold, both will naturally have a yellowish tint. The brilliant white luster in white gold is from rhodium plating. Although rhodium plating is very hard and durable, the plating may wear away and leave a yellowish tint. However, 19k white gold is naturally white in color; it does not require the rhodium plating.

Gold Content in White Gold Engagement Ring Settings

White gold engagement ring settings contain the same amount of pure gold as their yellow gold and rose gold counterparts. It is important to remember that all gold content is measured in karats. The higher the karat, the greater the gold content (and therefore the greater the price). Although white gold only has a yellowish tint, an 18k white gold engagement ring still contains the same percentage of gold as an 18k yellow gold ring.

When picking out a ring, remember that white gold engagement ring settings contain the same amount of pure gold as their other colored counterparts. The most important thing to remember is that the karat value defines the amount of gold in the setting. Since the gold content is the same, the choice between yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold engagement rings comes down to personal preference. For more information, check out the Adiamor Metal Education page or simply start designing your own engagement ring today!