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Yellow Gold Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

By Laura Lajiness  Updated on 07/21/21

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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 24-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.10 Shopping Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Engagement Ring

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.

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Kate Earlam-Charnley is the Design Director at Taylor & Hart.

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 $1,100. Whereas, our wedding rings start from $509 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.How to Take Care of Your Engagement Ring: 12 Dos and Don’ts

Types of Settings for Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

For classic tastes, pearoval, 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 settingtwo-stone ringhexagon 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.01of 32

CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Cushion Royal Engagement Ring

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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.02of 32

Shane Co. Vintage Cathedral Knife-Edge Engagement Ring

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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.03of 32

Barbela Diamond Nico Ring

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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.04of 32

J.Hannah Demi Signet (Diamond)

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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.05of 32

Effy Bouquet 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

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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.06of 32

Diamond Nexus Bali Classic Pear Cut Engagement Ring

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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.07of 32

Wwake Nestled Rose Cut Diamond Ring

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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.08of 32

Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Tapered Solitaire Ring Setting

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This solitaire diamond beauty is handmade and features a simple, tapered 18k gold band. The stone is vintage-inspired with an old European cut.09of 32

Kavant & Sharart Talay Silhouette Wave Ring

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The Wave ring is inspired by the organic essence of the sea. A pear-shaped .03ct diamond is wrapped in the curves of an 18k gold band.10of 32

Après Jewelry The Stella Ring Setting (Cushion)

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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.11of 32

ILA Pietro Marquise Cut Diamond Ring

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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.12of 32

La Kaiser 14K Gold Diamond Angels Drop Ring

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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.13of 32

Michelle Oh Kira Ring

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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.14of 32

Maria Canale Pyramid Statement White Agate Ring

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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.15of 32

Tacori Simply Tacori Ring in 18K Gold

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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.16of 32

Selin Kent Luna Ring

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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.17of 32

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

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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 1.7-millimeter moissanite stones. Even smaller round stones sit in the band and extend from the main attraction.18of 32

Nora Kogan Misia Ring

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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.19of 32

David Yurman DY Delaunay Petite Engagement Ring in 18K Gold

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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.20of 32

Jessie V E Femme Fatale ‘Siren’ Ring

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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.21of 32

Vrai The Signature Bezel Emerald

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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.22of 32

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

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An oval white sapphire is adorned by dainty diamonds set on a slim 14k gold band. This beauty can be made as a full or half eternity, but note that full eternity bands cannot be resized. We love how this statement piece looks with a set of contour bands.23of 32

Jacquie Aiche Trillion Diamond Ring

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This Jacquie Aiche engagement ring has a notable trillion cut diamond set in a bezel. The shank features carefully placed small, round diamonds along a 14k yellow gold band.24of 32

Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pave Ring

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A petite pear diamond takes on a new look when set in an east-west style. Anita Ko’s creation is prong-set on an 18k gold diamond-paved band, a perfect option for the modern minimalist with an eye for a bit of sparkle.25of 32

Allurez Diagonal Diamond Halo East West Bridal Set 14K Yellow Gold

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This set comes with a matching 14k gold engagement ring and wedding band. The engagement ring features a diagonally-set cushion cut diamond halo while the pave wedding band is adorned with 17 prong-set diamonds.26of 32

Zoë Chicco 14K Pave and Pear Shaped Diamond Wide Flat Band Ring

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The flat band horizon ring is a head-turner. Measuring eight millimeters in width, the 14k gold band holds a comparably dainty pear diamond in a bezel and a pave of round diamonds on its edge.27of 32

Ashley Zhang Petite Margaret Ring

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The double Asscher cut diamond design is inspired by the French “Toi et Moi,” or “Me and You” style engagement ring characterized by two stones making up a single engagement ring. The focal stones are accented by tapered baguette diamonds on a 14k gold rounded square band.28of 32

Marrow The Jillian Round Brilliant Ring

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Inspired by the designer’s own engagement ring, the Jillian Ring plays with contrasting shapes and sizes. A large, round brilliant cut white diamond is centered by two trillion cut diamond accents on a 14k gold band.29of 32

Sofia Kaman Etoile Signet Ring

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The statement signet ring is guaranteed to turn heads. From the textured band and diamond star motif to the surprising diamond-lined outer-edge and matte-finished 18k yellow gold, the statement jewel is one of a kind.30of 32

Waant Horizon: V131 Ring

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With a low-sitting center stone, the Horizon ring is minimal in design and timelessly simple. The 14k gold band can be customized to include accent stones and can come in square, half-round, or knife-edge style.31of 32

Lauren B. Cushion Cut Diamond Hidden Halo Engagement Ring

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If you can’t get enough diamonds, this  2.25 carat Lauren B. design is for you. A large cushion cut center stone is wrapped in a two-row halo that’s tucked underneath the diamond, dubbing the name “Hidden Halo.” The three-row cathedral band is ensconced in brilliant diamonds on all sides.32of 32

Kwiat Asscher Cut Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring

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The signature Kwiat setting is “open and airy,” which allows the most light to shine through the yellow diamond and gives the appearance of a nearly floating stone. The solitaire engagement ring is clean and simple, but the colored stone creates a modern touch.

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