Yellow Gold Diamond Engagement Rings

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

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The yellow gold used in engagement rings is an alloy of gold, silver, and copper. Pure 24 karat gold is too soft for use in jewelry. Gold in rings is typically 14 karat gold, which is 58.3 percent pure gold, and the addition of the other metals give it increased strength and shine.

History of Yellow Gold Rings

Gold has perennially been recognized as a precious substance. Geological studies show that gold was prized by Stone Age people many millennia ago. By around 3,000 BC, Egyptians and Sumerians used techniques for converting gold into jewelry. In around 550 BC, the first gold coins were minted, demonstrating the ancient assessment of the value of gold.

The first mention of gold being used in engagement rings may have been by Pliny the Elder, who recorded that Roman men in the 2nd century BC would gift their fiancés a gold band before the wedding ceremony but then substitute it for an iron band to wear at home. Shakespeare mentioned engagement rings in some of his plays, and by the 1600s and 1700s it was common for betrothed European couples to seal their promises with a gold ring. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa. Up to the early 20th century, yellow gold was the default metal choice for engagement rings.

Many celebrities prefer the warm classic glow of yellow gold engagement rings. For example, Justin Theroux gave Jennifer Aniston a yellow gold engagement ring with a large rose cut diamond.

Advantages of Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Yellow gold is a classic alternative for engagement ring bands that is considerably less expensive than platinum. It involves far less maintenance than white gold, as it does not have to be periodically re-plated with rhodium as white gold does. Upkeep involves merely an occasional buffing with a soft cloth. Yellow gold is also more hypoallergenic than white gold, as very few people have allergies to the alloys with which yellow gold is mixed.

Yellow Gold Engagement Ring Settings

A wide variety of settings are available for yellow gold engagement rings. One of the most popular is the four-pronged or six-pronged solitaire setting. This setting highlights the beauty of a singular diamond, allowing plenty of light to pass through it. A yellow gold band accentuates the brilliant shine of a high quality white stone.

The pave setting illuminates the engagement ring band with a multitude of tiny diamonds. The word pave, pronounced pa-vay, means "to pave" in French, and this setting paves the band with glistening stones. Adding an abundance of small stones around a yellow gold band contributes significantly to the overall sparkle effect.

A halo setting frames the larger central stone with a glittering complement of smaller diamonds. These enhance the appearance of the center stone and increase the overall sparkle of the ring. A lovely yellow gold band serves as the perfect background for a halo-illuminated gem.

The beautiful three stone setting symbolizes the past, present, and future of a couple's shared bliss. It features a larger central stone flanked by two smaller stones. Together the three stones provide enhanced scintillation, and a bright yellow gold band adds to the brilliance.

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a central diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.

Yellow Gold Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted yellow gold engagement rings with diamonds in an assortment of shapes and cuts. Breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamonds, also known as round brilliants, are easily the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings, comprising over two-thirds of all diamond ring sales. These dazzling gems have 57 facets measured at precise angles and proportions to create maximum sparkle. Cutters often create a 58th facet by squaring off the sharp culet at the bottom end of the diamond to prevent its damage during setting. The total includes 33 facets on the crown, or top half of the stone, and 25 facets, including the culet, on the pavilion, or lower half of the stone. As the iconic diamond shape, round cuts are usually what come to mind when people picture diamond rings.

The princess cut is also one of the most popular options for engagement rings. This modern alternative to the traditional round-cut diamond provides faceting that dazzlingly accentuates and amplifies reflected light. Alternately known as a square modified brilliant, the princess cut is characterized by a square or occasionally rectangular face and a back in the shape of an inverted four-sided pyramid.

Oval cuts have elongated shapes that rival round cuts for brilliance. Emerald cut diamonds feature large table surfaces that provide strong reflections of light. Shaped like pillows, cushion cuts offer a classic appearance and scintillating radiance. Marquise cut diamonds, originally created to resemble a pair of lips, have a unique royal ambiance. Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have timeless elegance with their broad shoulders and delicate tips that point towards the wearer's heart.

To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.

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