Is yellow gold for you?
24 Jan 2014
Yellow gold was once the metal of choice when it came to fine jewellery. Wedding rings were traditionally plain yellow gold bands and if you look through the pages of history you will find many engagement rings made out of yellow gold. In more recent years white coloured metals, such as platinum and white gold, have surged ahead in popularity taking the number one spot for engagement and wedding rings.
But does this mean that yellow gold is no longer a suitable choice? Certainly not.
Yellow gold, along with rose gold, has recently made a come back. As vintage designs continue to increase in popularity, yellow gold has again become the choice of metal for many.
If your style is vintage, choosing yellow gold can help capture that feeling of a bygone era. To recreate a vintage inspired piece you may also want to include hand engraving, milgrain edges or filigree. It is also important to keep in mind though, that when choosing yellow gold the colour will vary slightly depending on your carat choice. For example, 18ct yellow gold has a higher content of pure gold and is therefore a richer golden colour than 9ct. Antique and vintage jewellery was often made using the higher carat gold, that beautiful rich golden colour you may have fallen in love with.
However it is not only vintage inspired designs that look great in yellow gold. You may prefer a more contemporary design whilst yellow gold suits your skin tone more then other metals. Even though yellow gold suits many, it looks particularly beautiful against darker skin tones. Coloured gemstones are also a creative option and green coloured gemstones, such as emeralds, look particularly wonderful when set in yellow gold. Just have a look at Halle Berry’s stunning emerald and yellow gold engagement ring for inspiration.
The added bonus of yellow gold in comparison to white gold, is that it requires less maintenance. White gold requires rhodium plating to give it the bright white colour that is so popular. This is usually required every 12 – 18 months depending on how you wear your ring. This is not to say that there is no upkeep with yellow gold, from time to time you will need to drop your ring into your jeweller to remove any scratches or dents so that your ring continues to shine for its lifetime.
If you love yellow gold, don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Your jeweller will help design a wonderful, unique ring to suit you. And if you are a guy about to set out on your quest for an engagement ring, make sure you take note of what coloured metal your partner wears. If she little or no yellow gold, white gold or platinum is probably the best choice for you!