All that glitters is gold, and there’s three types of it: white, yellow, and rose. Each of these metals are a fabulous foundation for an engagement ring but for different reasons. However, there are some things jewelry enthusiasts should know before purchasing any gold.
About White Gold
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) states that white gold is gold alloyed with lighter colored metals such as copper and zinc. The GIA recommends 14K to 18K when purchasing white gold. The proportions for 14k are 583/1000 gold and the 18K is three-quarters pure gold. With proportions like this, there are plenty of perks to having a white gold ring.
Because it’s mixed with other metals, the cost is lower. Also, white gold lasts a long time, for it does not easily corrode or bend out of shape. Also, it is a refreshing change from typical yellow gold that is till luxurious. However, this luxury comes at a price.
The GIA states that even though the rings won’t easily break, rhodium plates will fade. Of course, this requires replacing. Plus, sometimes this metal is made with nickel, a cheap metal that often triggers allergies.
What’s Yellow Gold?
Yellow gold is likely the color you think when you hear the word “gold.” As the name implies, it has a yellow color. Ace of Diamonds recommends 14k and 18k for this and other jewelry metals. For years and years this has been a popular metal choice for engagement rings due to its look and stability.
It lasts for years and years, and it’s beautiful. Yellow gold is classically beautiful (and looks striking when paired with red gems). E-Jewelers says that in addition to its aesthetic, gold has a low melting point which makes repairing it easy and harmless to any gemstones that may be encrusted in it. Despite how pretty and easy yellow gold is to take care of, there are some cons.
Gold is malleable, which makes it bendable. Also, as pretty as yellow gold is, it is a traditional metal, which could result in a less unique accessory. Plus. depending on what metals it’s mixed with, E-Jewelers states that some yellow gold is greenish, which may not fit the preferences of many jewelry enthusiasts.
What is rose gold?
Rose gold, as it sounds, has a reddish hue to it unlike white and yellow gold. H. Samuel Jewellers informs buyers that rose gold’s “delightful rosy red tint” comes from copper. Rose gold has represented love, which makes it great for wedding rings. It’s also suitable for any other accessory.
Let’s get this out of the way: it’s unique. Reddish colored gold stands out among its yellow and white counterparts. The Diamond Pros also states that rose gold is made with copper––the same metal made to make pennies, the least valuable piece of American currency––so it’s cheaper than white and yellow gold. As much as The Diamond Pro and other jewelers like this type of gold, it does have some downsides.
Copper may be cheap and resilient, but can be a trigger for allergies. Plus, some people may not find this gold as glamorous as traditional yellow or white gold. Also, rose gold is harder to find than yellow or white gold.
Gold is amazing no matter what color it is. No matter who you are, you’ve got to admit it’s fabulous. However, when buying jewelry, be sure to know what hue is best for you or your partner.