You finally made up your mind on getting a diamond engagement ring for your partner. Congratulations! Now, you may be thinking of buying gold to go with the diamond. What gold should you go for? Would it be yellow, white or rose gold?
Let this guide help you in choosing which gold you should purchase for your diamond engagement ring.
Go for Gold
Gold is one of the three precious metals, together with silver and platinum. Being the only yellow type of metal, gold is a rare substance that does not get damaged easily. People usually find it in nature in its pure state, which is also called “native gold”.
Although it is is heavy, gold can also be quite soft. As Geoscience Australia would put it, it is not as hard as glass or a coin, but it is a bit harder than a fingernail. This metal’s versatility makes it a common option for most pieces of jewellery, which include engagement rings. Because of this feature, jewellers mix or alloy gold with other metals for durability. The percentage and type of metal alloys determine the colour of gold.
Carat and Karat
These two terms, carat and karat, always show in articles and descriptions of gold jewellery. In Australia, you can use carat for both meanings:
- A unit used for weighing stones such as diamonds and other gemstones (1 carat = 200 milligrams)
- The unit of purity of gold (24-carat gold is pure and each carat is 1/24th of pure gold)
When pure gold mixes with copper or alloy, it forms yellow gold. This type of gold is the most well-known as it symbolises achievement, success, and luxury, among other things. The brightness of yellow gold depends on the carat, may it be 14, 18, or 22. You can opt for yellow gold if you are after the traditional diamond engagement ring. This metal can help in making diamonds appear whiter.
White gold is a combination of palladium, silver and pure gold. It was first created in the 1920s and is an excellent alternative to yellow gold. Nowadays, white gold is a popular choice for engagement rings. Other pieces of jewellery, such as earrings and pendants, also use this metal mixture. Due to its white colour, white gold complements most gemstones aside from diamonds (if you ever change your mind).
If you are the romantic type and want to opt for something lovelier, you should go with rose gold diamond rings. This pink-toned metal alloy is a combination of gold and copper. Moreover, rose gold dates back to the 19th century in Russia. From then on, jewellers use this metal to give ornaments that perfect blush. Like white gold, rose gold also goes well with diamonds and other gemstones.
Quick Tip: Caring for Gold Diamond Engagement Rings
Taking care of engagement rings can be scary at first. But once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do it easily. If you have a few more weeks before proposing to the person you’re ready to send the rest of your life with, you should keep yourself from touching the stone. You should also think of getting an engagement ring insurance.
After your proposal, you may let your partner know about our tips on engagement ring care.
Are you ready to get that diamond engagement ring?
We can customise your perfect diamond engagement ring, depending on your requirement. Whether you need a yellow, white, or rose gold ring, we can make it for you. We are more than happy to help you. Book an appointment with us now.