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Yellow Gold Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

Yellow gold engagement rings are having a renaissance of sorts from shiny styles to matte finishes—likely a result of gold jewelry trending in the market from pendants to stackable rings and hoop earrings. While platinum and white gold rings are certainly still a popular choice, a lot of modern couples are engagement ring shopping with yellow gold in mind so it will blend cohesively with the rest of their everyday jewelry. Even if your jewelry box is heavy on the silver side, a yellow gold ring is perfect for the fashion-forward couple looking to dip into the mixed-metal trend.

What is Yellow Gold?

Yellow gold is a mixture of gold metals. In most cases, gold is mixed with 25 percent other metals (like silver), to achieve a soft and buttery tone like carat gold.

The yellow gold trend kicked off in the engagement ring market thanks to the resurgence of unique vintage and retro-inspired styles. Whether you want an artfully etched band with micro-pavé accents, a classic round-cut diamond set on a slim gold band, or an elegant emerald-cut ring festooned with side baguettes, any stone looks good with the Midas touch.

Not sure if a yellow gold engagement ring is for you? Read ahead to learn about the pros and cons of this unique metal, and find inspiration from our selection of the best yellow gold rings.

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Pros and Cons of Yellow Gold Rings

Yellow gold is "an incredibly versatile as it suits all skin tones and can be used to create all types of jewelry," jewelry design director, Kate Earlam-Charnley says. "It’s hard, durable and brings out the best with all gemstones," she adds.

Although yellow gold is versatile and stands up to everyday wear and tear, there are still some cons to consider. First, yellow gold isn't pure gold, and to achieve its luxurious hue, in the crafting process, various gold forms are mixed with other metals. This won't depreciate the values of the ring. Instead, the gold won't be labeled as pure gold. 

What to Look for In a Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

When shopping for a yellow gold engagement ring, Earlam-Charnley wants you to keep a few important facts in mind. "If you’re planning to set your ring with a white diamond, you should consider the color grade of the diamond," she explains. H+ is the most popular diamond color grade, but J and I would also offer a diamond with a bright, light color.

  • What stones, cuts, settings, and materials pair best with the particular type of ring? "Round brilliant-cut diamonds are always a fantastic choice since they have the most inner brilliance and create a beautiful contrast against yellow gold," Earlam-Charnley says. For a unique gemstone you stick with yellow sapphires or yellow diamonds. And, for a modern look, "go for pink sapphires against the yellow gold. They give a fresh and contemporary look, while being a little more unusual than a classic white diamond," Earlam-Charnley tells us.
  • How can I tell if the ring is high quality? According to Earlam-Charnley, it’s a legal requirement to hallmark (make a unique mark on) pieces of jewelry and other items that contain precious metals. A jeweler will analyze the metal to determine the purity and then marked based on those findings. This makes it easy to know that you are getting a high-quality ring.
  • How much do yellow gold rings cost? "Our yellow gold engagement rings with center diamonds start from around $1, Whereas, our wedding rings start from $ dollars," Earlam-Charnley explains.

How to Care for a Yellow Gold Ring

Caring for your engagement ring starts with regular cleaning. There are many ring cleaning solutions that clean your ring at home, or if you want the peace of mind of your ring having optimal care, take it to your jewelry, who will handle the ring delicately. A professional cleaning will give your ring a deeper clean, which keeps the ring looking its best.

It's also a good idea to have insurance on your ring in case any severe damages occur or even theft. The insurance on the ring will protect it and cover any damages that the ring sustains.

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Types of Settings for Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

For classic tastes, pear, oval, emerald cut, and cushion cut diamonds are gorgeous in a yellow-gold setting. Pearls are a gorgeous diamond alternative that are equally classic in a yellow-gold setting, too. Take the yellow gold engagement ring look a step further and opt for a colorful stone. In a yellow-gold setting, the effect is full-on vintage—you can even consider a raw, rustic, or rough cut diamond if an antique look suits your taste.

If a contemporary ring is up your alley, consider a super-modern style like an east-west setting, two-stone ring, hexagon shape, or trillion-cut diamond. Each of these styles is perfect for modern couples who want a less-than-cookie-cutter engagement ring.

Whatever your taste (or budget!) we found 32 stunning yellow-gold choices to inspire you before you go engagement ring shopping.

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Cushion Royal Engagement Ring

This classic cushion-cut style will make the wearer feel like royalty as it was inspired by Meghan Markle's engagement ring. The cubic zirconia stones are set in 18k yellow gold-plated brass with a prong setting.

Shane Co. Vintage Cathedral Knife-Edge Engagement Ring

Intricate milgrain details adorn this otherwise simple cathedral setting. The 14k yellow gold band measures two millimeters with a dainty knife edge. This listing is for the setting only, but its center stone preview feature allows you to see how different stones might look with the band.

Barbela Diamond Nico Ring

A delicate, textured band in 14k yellow gold is a perfect option for a minimalist engagement ring. A round diamond is nestled in a bezel setting to complete the solitaire silhouette.

J.Hannah Demi Signet (Diamond)

The site's description of their signet collection says "Historically, signet jewelry represented a physical marker of identity." Their line aims to be "a modern reinterpretation of the idea in classic shapes engraved with a small unique detail." This dainty 14k yellow gold engagement ring features a round, brilliant-cut white diamond as its stamp of significance.

Effy Bouquet 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

The shiny 14k gold band tapers into a unique basket setting with a cluster of round diamonds. A heart shape supports the stones, visible only from the basket's profile.

Diamond Nexus Bali Classic Pear Cut Engagement Ring

A pear-shaped diamond-alternative stone sits in the stunning loops of the lotus setting that the brand likens to trellis architecture. The 14k gold ring features a slim profile and has several choices of matching wedding bands.

Wwake Nestled Rose Cut Diamond Ring

The thin solid gold band holds two rose-cut white diamonds in a uniquely modern design. The slim and shapely nature of this piece makes for beautiful ring stacking.

Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Tapered Solitaire Ring Setting

This solitaire diamond beauty is handmade and features a simple, tapered 18k gold band. The stone is vintage-inspired with an old European cut.

Kavant & Sharart Talay Silhouette Wave Ring

The Wave ring is inspired by the organic essence of the sea. A pear-shaped ct diamond is wrapped in the curves of an 18k gold band.

Après Jewelry The Stella Ring Setting (Cushion)

This simple gold ring setting can be made for any center stone shape or style (stone sold separately). Its low-sitting basket is available with dot or claw prongs.

ILA Pietro Marquise Cut Diamond Ring

The marquise cut diamond ring is super dainty and the perfect choice for minimalists. The slender band is made from 14k sustainable gold and wears beautifully both stacked and solo.

La Kaiser 14K Gold Diamond Angels Drop Ring

A magnificent pear-shaped center diamond is complemented by tiny round diamonds placed along a thin gold band. The Angels Drop Ring is a perfect candidate for contour bands with its unique shape and composition, allowing for stacking both above and below the center diamond.

Michelle Oh Kira Ring

The Kira ring is organic in nature. The diamonds are left in its natural irregular shape and sits on an 18k gold unpolished band for a raw finish.

Maria Canale Pyramid Statement White Agate Ring

It's all about the band in this ring, which has a half-inch width of 18k gold. The sturdy base supports a 3D pyramid of carved white agate that's topped with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond.

Tacori Simply Tacori Ring in 18K Gold

The east-west set oval diamond looks modern and unique on an elegant diamond tipped frame. The 18k yellow gold band features intricate texture detailing and small diamond accents visible at its profile view.

Selin Kent Luna Ring

Selin Kent's Luna Ring takes a unique twist on moon-themed jewelry. A half-moon shaped diamond extends from a simple 14k yellow gold square band.

Charles & Colvard Forever One Radiant Colorless Moissanite East-West with Side Accents Engagement Ring in 14K Yellow Gold

Three types of moissanite stones adorn this chunky solid 14k gold band. The east-west radiant cut center stone is basket-set between clusters of round millimeter moissanite stones. Even smaller round stones sit in the band and extend from the main attraction.

Nora Kogan Misia Ring

The Misia Ring is anything but traditional. A conflict-free marquise diamond is set in an east-west style on a band of 14k yellow gold that's hand-painted with white or black enamel.

David Yurman DY Delaunay Petite Engagement Ring in 18K Gold

An emerald-cut diamond looks stunning bezel-set in this geometric 18k gold band with a brushed finish. The DY Delaunay was modeled after the design David Yurman created for his wife's engagement ring.

Jessie V E Femme Fatale 'Siren' Ring

The Femme Fatale 'Siren' is a double finger ring. A peach tourmaline center stone rests just between the fingers and sits underneath the diamond-set band of 18k gold.

Vrai The Signature Bezel Emerald

A knife-edge bezel allows light to flood and bounce in all directions so the emerald-cut diamond is as dazzling as possible. The design was created to sit low on the finger and flush with a wedding band to draw the attention to the diamond.

Luna Skye 14K Gold and Diamond Solitaire Oval White Sapphire Eternity Ring

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The Ultimate Engagement Ring Settings Guide

“Do I really need to learn more ring terminology?” you wonder as you frantically Google “engagement ring styles” and “diamond ring settings.” You already learned about the 4Cs and studied up on the different shapes of diamonds. And now you&#;re sifting through different rings. Your eyes begin to cross, your head throbs, and you wonder if you’ll ever really know the difference between channel and pavé. Relax. We’re taking it step by step.

First, the style of a ring includes the entire frame that will show off or complement the diamond. The setting or mounting includes how the diamond is held in place, as well as any details on the head (front of the ring) underside (underneath the diamond) and shank (the band from the shoulder to the back of the ring). Here&#;s how Blue Nile&#;s site illustrates some of the offerings:

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at the main settings to help you find the perfect ring.

Solitaire/Prong Setting

Although the term solitaire is used for describing a setting, it actually means that it is a single stone engagement ring. It can be any shape (round, princess or pear, etc.) of one center diamond and can be set in many different types of settings. However, the most classic setting for a solitaire is a prong setting. Additionally, when you hear the words solitaire and prongs mentioned together, it will traditionally mean a round cut diamond. 

Prong settings usually involve four or six small claw-like metal structures which hold the diamond. Prongs use less metal than any other setting, thus allowing more of the diamond to show and letting more light pass through to display its brilliance.

If you see a ring with four prongs, it requires less metal than one that uses six prongs, and thus allows more light to pass through the diamond. However, the most popular prong setting for solitaire diamonds is the one Tiffany & Co. debuted in This one has six prongs, but the renowned jewelers developed a method in which the stone would reflect and refract the light on a simple band. Tiffany has trademarked this design, therefore if you have decided that this is the only style for you, Tiffany can work with you with different carat weights for this setting. Other four and six-prong settings that have a similar effect can be found out at local jewelers and online as well.

Pros:

  • Less metal, allowing more light
  • Four prongs secure the diamond but six prongs will secure it even more
  • Accents almost every diamond cut/shape and size
  • Prongs are often easy to maintain and wear as long as they are set low (as opposed to high)

Cons

  • High set prongs can snag on clothing, thus loosening the prongs 
  • Generally, prongs tend to loosen with age so it’s important to get them checked every couple of years. You can put the ring up to your ear and shake gently, and if you hear the diamond moving around at all, it’s time for a prong check.

Additional Details

Prong settings are best in the most durable metals such as Platinum, Palladium, and 14K gold — the lower the karat gold, the harder the metal.

Bezel Setting 

A bezel setting surrounds the diamond with a metal frame that holds the diamond securely in place. Bezels are custom-created for different diamond cuts and sizes.

Here&#;s where it gets a little tricky; solitaires (remember, they are a single stone) can be set in bezels, too, and often look more modern than prongs. The design keeps them at a low profile, sitting closer to the finger than prong-set rings.

Bezels evoke a modern look when the metal is solid and without detail. When a bezel is designed with milgrain (tiny cuts in the metal frame), it can have a more antique or vintage feel as milgrain was a technique that was popularized in the early 20th century.

Pros

  • The most secure setting for a diamond
  • Can create an ultra-sleek modern style
  • Detailed with milgrain, it can give it an antique/vintage feel
  • Will not snag on clothing
  • A great setting for an active lifestyle or a career in which your bride-to-be works with her hands

Cons

  • Does not allow as much light, thus lessening some of the brilliance of a diamond
  • Hides a bit more of the stone than some of the other settings
  • It is harder to set perfectly around diamonds that aren’t round, such as pear, marquise, emerald, and asscher cuts, so make sure the jeweler’s setter is an expert in bezel set rings.

Additional Details

If you want your diamond bezel set in platinum or palladium — these metals are relatively hard to work with — you should find an expert jeweler who excels at bezel setting. It’s imperative that the border of the ring follows the outline of the diamond seamlessly. 

Halo/Cluster Setting

Halos feature a border of smaller diamonds that encircle the central diamond, making the main diamond appear larger and more sparkly than it truly is. It’s a perfect style to consider if you are on a budget and need to choose a smaller diamond. You can beef up the look and get more bang for your buck if you surround it with a halo setting. 

Halos can be designed to accommodate any diamond shape — for example, round for round diamonds and square for princess cut. There are also different styles of halos. One style is known as a cluster ring. These clusters date back to the 19th century and have been popular ever since. This style creates more of a floral shape with the outer rim of diamonds. Clusters can have bezel-set centers or a prong-set center and a bezel or prong-set surround, whereas the generation of halos that came after often have a prong-set center and a channel (diamonds set between two strips of metal) or pavé-set (diamonds set between tiny beads) border of diamonds. These channels or pavé-set halos will often feature a channel or pavé-set band.

Pros:

  • Larger look for less
  • The ring appears to display more sparkle 
  • Offers more security around the center stone
  • Different types of styles are available in this setting, forming a floral look and/or complementing other cuts of diamonds

Cons

  • Although it helps secure the center stone, the halo’s smaller stones are in danger of becoming loose or falling out. The versions based on the antique rings with bezel-set halos are less likely to come loose. 

Additional Details

Halos can be built in two parts and then soldered together, which allows for contrasting metal colors such as white and yellow or white and rose gold. They can look feminine yet modern or have an antique vibe.

Three-Stone Settings

A style that was first popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the three-stone ring was originally set down into the metal and designed with decorative elements such as filigree (open scroll work). The stones were traditionally of the same size and cut but often there were two diamonds and a colored gemstone or one diamond and two colored gemstones on the sides. This style evolved over time into a ring with prong-set or bezel-set diamonds and little or no other decoration. 

The ring is recognized as symbolic of a couple&#;s “journey,&#; with the three stones representing their past, present, and future together. The three stones can be all the same size or the center stone can be larger and the two side stones the same size. The most popular are the round brilliant diamond versions, but lately with alternative diamond rings increasing in popularity, we see three-stone rings in all different types of cuts.

Pros: Three-Stone Prong/Three-Stone Bezel

  • Allows for multiple larger stones 
  • Features a charming and romantic feeling with two smaller side stones and a larger center stone
  • This style provides more coverage horizontally across their finger, which appeals to a wide demographic of women

AdditionalPros for Three-Stone Bezel-Set

  • Bezels can be high polished for a streamline look or can feature milgrain detail for an antique or vintage feeling.

Cons: Three-Stone Bezel- or Prong-Set

  • Higher maintenance than a single stone ring
  • If prong-set, it will need to be checked more often
  • If bezel-set, it will need to be cleaned more often
  • The diamonds need to match to bring out the beauty of the entire ring and not look like it was designed poorly.

Flush/Gypsy Settings

Originally called a gypsy setting in the late 19th and early 20th century, this was a style that was popular for both men and women. They were often set with one or three stones. Dandy men would wear them on their pinkies. Then in the midth century through the s they became popular again with men. Although the gypsy/flush setting went through different phases in demographics earlier on, it is a contender today among women who prefer a bolder, chunkier look in a ring. 

These are available in one- or three-stone styles for engagement rings, and men’s rings feature smaller stones set into the wide wedding band. A jeweler drills a hole into the band, then works the metal around the diamond to hold it in place. The diamond then sits securely in the band of the ring.

Gypsy Ring Brent Neale

Pros 

  • When set correctly, this offers one of the two most secure settings — the other being the bezel-set ring
  • Depending on the size of the diamond, this setting can offer a bold statement look or a more subdued streamlined appearance
  • It&#;s a versatile choice for those with active lifestyles and who work with their hands

Cons 

  • This style is the one that shows the least amount of light passing through the stone

Tension Settings

Tension set is named after how the metal holds the gem — with tension. A jeweler calibrates the exact dimensions of the diamonds so that he can cut small grooves in the exact spots where the diamonds will be held. Then, he pushes the metal down to create the pressure to secure it, making the diamond appear to be suspended in place. A tension-style band features a similar look but adds more security by placing a prong on the underside of the diamond to hold it more firmly in place.

Pros 

  • Offers a sleek, ultra-modern look 
  • Like a prong-set ring, there is a minimal amount of metal around the diamond, thus enhancing its brilliance 

Cons 

  • Even though the metal might be secure, the look of the tension setting causes anxiety since the diamond “appears” as if it could fall out. 
  • When and if it needs to be resized, it will often be more expensive. Many jewelers will want to remove the diamond and reset it so the process of sizing doesn’t loosen the force or pressure holding it together

Additional Details

If your bride-to-be desires this type of look, it might be safer to go with a tension-set style as it offers all the benefits of a tension setting without the concerns. The only con is that it is more difficult to clean due to the underside prongs.

Cathedral Settings

This one is tricky. A cathedral is more of a style of setting. The diamond itself could be held by prongs or a tension setting that is built up by what looks like cathedral arches, which you can see on the underside of the diamond. It is a graceful style that features a decorative element that never overpowers but acts as an elegant detail for the bride-to-be who wants something classic, timeless, and yet more unusual than a basic prong setting. 

cathedral

Pros

  • The added height of the arches seems to give the diamond a larger look
  • It creates a look with more personality and elegance than the basic prong setting and accentuates and highlights the center stone
  • Offers a secure setting for the diamond

Cons 

  • There are lots of opening and crevices, which makes it hard to clean
  • It sits very high, which means it can snag on clothes
  • If you are looking for a ring that allows the diamond to stand out more than another component of the ring, a cathedral setting might have too much going on.

The Shank = The Rest of the Ring

Now that we’ve taken you through the settings and mountings of the diamond, let’s move on the rest of the ring — the shank — which goes from the shoulders (sides of the ring) to the back of the ring (the part that faces the inside of the finger). It is often a continuous band of metal that in most cases tapers from the diamond to the back of the ring that circles around the finger. In addition to the basic shank, there are three popular shanks you should know.

Split Shank 

Instead of one continuous band, it splits into two thinner bands that wind up in the same place at the back of the ring. 

Pavé Shank 

In these types of shanks the diamonds look like that are pavéd (attached) around the ring. What&#;s really happening is that tiny beads are holding the diamonds on the shank in place. If your woman likes a lot more glamour and bling, this might be the shank for her. 

Channel-Set Shank

This style features two strips of metal that curve around the finger and hold the diamonds in place with each strip. They have more metal than pavé-set bands, therefore they don’t add as much bling, but they do add more sparkle to the ring. 

Pavé- and channel-set shanks work best with the bezel, prong, and halo styles. There are also half pavé and half channel shanks that encircle only the part of the finger that can be seen. 

Bottom Line

Ring settings can look modern or antique, and the way the setting holds the diamond has an impact on the amount of light passing through the gem, as well as the security of the stone. Work with your jeweler to find the best setting for your lifestyle.

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This magnificent diamond halo engagement ring setting is ready for a round diamond of your choice. This karat white gold ring features carats shimmering baguette diamonds on each shoulder with a petite halo of carats petite round-cut diamonds. The halo of this ring measures 10mm in diameter with a band width measures mm to 3mm front to back. Diamond Clarity and Color: SI2-H Center stone is not included and is purchased separately.

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This magnificent diamond halo engagement ring setting is ready for a round diamond of your choice. This karat white gold ring features carats shimmering baguette diamonds on each shoulder with a petite halo of carats petite round-cut diamonds. The halo of this ring measures 10mm in diameter with a band width measures mm to 3mm front to back. Diamond Clarity and Color: SI2-H Center stone is not included and is purchased separately.

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