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What's the Distinction Between White Gold and Yellow Gold?

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Diamond engagement rings are often made of white or yellow gold. But where did they begin? And, more to the point, how are these two distinct from one another?

Let's take a look at the history of these metals, the available karats, and some of the most popular lab grown diamond engagement rings in white and yellow gold.

What’s the Distinction?

White and yellow gold are very similar; they both complement diamonds of virtually any cut, clarity, and carat weight. The metal alloys used to create white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold are the primary distinguishing features between the three.

Copper, silver, nickel, palladium, and zinc are frequent additions to gold alloys. Metal alloys produce the three standard colors. Yellow gold contains more copper, but white gold has more nickel and zinc.

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A lot of jewelry is not made of real gold. You can tell how much real gold is in a ring by checking the karat.

Regardless of color, 18 karat gold contains the same amount of gold as 18 karat white gold, plus six additional parts of "other metals" (totaling 24 karats)

Engagement rings are typically available in 14k or 18k gold. A pure 24k ring would not last as long as these alloys do. In general, the less pure gold there is in a ring, the longer it will last.

A ring with 24 karats of gold content is made entirely of gold. You shouldn't get an engagement ring made of pure gold because of how soft it is.

Is White Gold the Real Thing?

Real gold can be identified by its presence in white gold. Simply put, it is composed of a unique combination of various other metals. The exterior of white gold is covered in a unique coating that gives it its luster and beautiful appearance.

Creating White Gold

Gold combined with another metal, typically nickel, silver, or palladium, is used to create the alloy or combination known as "white gold." These metals are combined to create an alloy known as white gold, which is then used in the production of jewelry.

The combination of metals and the different kinds of metals used are responsible for a sizeable portion of the color variation. The composition of various alloy metals can vary greatly.

Which Is The More Expensive?

When it comes to pricing, white gold and yellow gold are considered equivalent if they both contain the same proportion of pure gold. Due to the rhodium plating that is added to white gold, some jewelers charge a slightly higher price for it.

At Diamond Registry, the prices of all of the 14k gold rings and all of the 18k gold rings are the same, regardless of the color of the gold.

Which One Should You Choose to Buy?

Your engagement ring or wedding band should be made of a type of gold that you prefer, but the decision is ultimately up to you. In spite of the fact that white gold is currently more popular, yellow gold is rapidly making a comeback in the fashion world.

If you find that you can't decide between the two, you should take into account the undertones of your skin and test out both colors to see which one looks better on you. In general, silver tones make people with cool skin tones look more attractive. Yellow and rose gold engagement rings tend to be most noticeable when worn by individuals with warmer skin tones.

In addition, one of the most popular trends at the moment is to combine and contrast the colors of different metals. If you go with a white gold engagement ring, you can create a one-of-a-kind look by pairing it with a yellow gold wedding band. This will incorporate both types of gold.

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