Tips on Buying a Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

Yellow gold has been used for centuries to create rings and jewelry, making it perfect for vintage-inspired engagement rings. Yellow gold is a timeless precious metal known for its warm, rich glow. Here are some tips on buying a yellow gold engagement ring.

Skin tone

People often prefer to wear precious metals that complement their skin tone. Yellow gold generally looks best on those with a warm or neutral skin tone. To determine your skin tone, look at your wrist in natural light. If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone. Those with blue or purple veins have a cool skin tone. If you have a mix of both blue and green veins, you have a neutral skin tone.

Ultimately, whatever metal you choose is all about preference. These aren’t strict rules to abide by.

Diamond color

When you get a yellow gold setting, you can go down lower on the diamond color grade scale for your center stone. A yellow gold setting will help hide the color of a faint diamond whereas a white gold or platinum setting may make it obvious. You can even go as low as an L colored diamond, which will help save you money compared to a near-colorless or colorless diamond. The warm tint of a faint diamond is also perfect if you’re going for an antique look.


Karats are different from carats. Karat denotes a metal’s purity while carat measures the weight of diamonds and gemstones. The most common yellow gold that you’ll come across is 14kt and 18kt gold. 24kt is considered to be pure gold, but it is typically too soft to use for jewelry.

14kt gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy, making it 58.3% gold.

18kt gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy, making it 75% gold.

Karat Parts Gold to Alloy Gold Percentage Fineness
10kt 10/24 41.67% 417
14kt 14/24 58.33% 583
18kt 18/24 75% 750
22kt 22/24 91.66% 917
24kt 24/24 100% 999

18kt gold is purer than 14kt gold. Ritani’s yellow gold engagement ring collection is exclusively crafted with 18kt gold. 18kt has a more vivid, deep color than 14kt gold, which is duller. It’s also less likely to tarnish compared to 14kt gold. 18kt gold is an ideal gold mixture because it combines durability, purity, and beauty.


Yellow gold is extremely durable. It has a lifespan of 20-30 years.

Yellow gold should be polished and cleaned regularly. Because gold is a softer element, it is subject to dents and scratches no matter what karat you get.


18kt gold is the most hypoallergenic option for yellow gold jewelry. 18kt gold is purer in gold content, so it will have less nickel in it than 14kt gold or 10kt gold. Yellow gold is also a better hypoallergenic option than white gold, which often contains higher levels of nickel in order to give it a silver appearance.

Celebrities with Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Need engagement ring inspiration? Check out these yellow gold sparklers.


Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has a unique two-stone yellow gold engagement ring.


Liam Hemsworth proposed to Miley Cyrus with a yellow gold vintage-inspired engagement ring.


Meghan Markle’s yellow gold engagement ring features diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection. 


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