Most of us focus our engagement ring search around finding the most scintillating high-carat diamond that is big enough and has a blinding shine. But let us unfold the truth. Selecting the gemstone is only halfway toward finding that desired engagement ring. Not that the ring’s center stone is any less consequential, but one shouldn’t overlook the metal in which it is set. Engagement rings are primarily made in platinum or gold. But as we delve deeper and explore further variations in these metals – yellow, rose, white gold, or platinum—that is when the discussion gets intense!
Yellow gold is classic. White gold, on the other hand, is an elegant interpretation of yellow gold’s timeless appeal. It is an alloy of natural gold and other white metals like zinc, silver, and nickel. Due to its refined looks and versatility, white gold is getting increasingly popular, or rather has already marked its territory! But one question that often surfaces is “to choose or not to choose white gold for an engagement ring?” If you are also someone wondering the who, what, and how of this, let’s get you an answer!
White Gold Engagement Rings: What Is the Buzz?
When Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly announced their engagement, didn’t we all swoon over her eye catchy engagement ring, just as unique as the couple’s public antics and outfit choices? A split shank white gold ring with eye catchy emerald and diamond as the center stones, no denying the ring had our hearts melt with its classy, sophisticated beauty.
The buzz surrounding white gold engagement rings is due to the style’s off-beat appeal. If the aesthetic of classy, stunning, and unconventional engagement rings has a face, it is nothing but a white gold engagement ring.
White gold is unquestionably a great base metal for engagement rings as it harmonizes beautifully with sparkling as well as other precious colored gemstones. Along with being graceful, these rings are fairly hard, thanks to their alloy base. Whether it is 18k or 14k white gold, it shows a far bolstered strength from the raw 24k (or, to say, pure!) gold. Finished with a rhodium polish for a reflective silvery-white appearance, the metal does not tarnish, wear away, or scratch that easily. With time and regular wear, the rhodium polish might faint a bit, but a visit to the jeweler for an occasional polish (once in many years) is an easy solution.
Platinum vs. White Gold: The Better Choice
Both are white, sparkly, brilliant jewelry metals and look “non-traditional”, yet certain factors set them apart. Let’s compare them a bit to understand the differences better.
Platinum is often pronounced as the “best” engagement ring metal (the prices say it all!), which is undoubtedly true. Platinum is a precious and rare metal with a spectacular sparkle. It is a naturally occurring metal, as opposed to white gold, which is an alloy. Also, platinum is denser (20%) and harder than white gold. And because of its toughness, this metal can be utilized in an undiluted form, which makes it costlier.
There is much to learn about the differences between platinum and white gold. However, the basic definition of these precious metals will have little impact on a layman’s purchase intention. So, here is a list of the common differences between these metals to help you choose the best option.
Both platinum and white gold are excellent metals in their own right. It is difficult to place one over the other! Personal preference and budget parameters help decide between the two. For a detailed review of this, please read here – “Platinum vs. White Gold”.
Do Diamonds Look Brilliant on White Gold Engagement Rings?
Yes, yes, yes! The neutral color of the metal complements colorless diamonds most brilliantly. Don’t believe us; look at some of the best-selling white gold engagement rings from Gabriel & Co.
This stunning 14k oval diamond engagement ring is a heart stealer. While the oval diamond is a classy deviation from the regular round cut diamond, the hidden halo beautifully enhances its appearance further. She will say a big Yes to both the proposal and the ring as soon as she lays sight on this marvel.
A classic engagement ring with scalloped pave diamonds adorning three-fourths of the white gold band, it does not get better than this! The solitaire piece sits fittingly in the center, perfectly matching the brilliance of the very lit ring band.
Note: The center diamond is not included with our rings. We exclusively provide the engagement ring settings; the diamond has to be purchased separately from a retailer.
Can a White Gold Engagement Ring be Worn Every Day?
Why not? In fact, it is an advantage of white gold jewelry that they are hard enough to be worn daily. But whether you can wear your engagement ring every day depends on how delicate the ring setting is and how fast-paced and moving your routine is
For healthy upkeep, remove it before taking a shower, cooking, cleaning hands, or performing other household tasks. Additionally, please keep it away from products like hand soap, hairspray, perfume, and moisturizer that cause deposits on the ring, making it less sparkling.
That said, a halo-setting engagement ring is ideal to be worn every day. The small diamonds surrounding the center stone offer excellent protection from impacts.
A five-stone engagement ring for a royal look! The elegant fusion of white diamond and blue sapphires imbues the ring with more panache and class. If your lady love is a September born, propose to her with this birthstone ring, and sweep her off in the very first glimpse.
This 14k white gold ring is unique for its 6-prong diamond setting. The ring emanates a regal vibe thanks to its exquisitely carved band with milgrains and pave diamonds. However, such intricate embellishments mean you must treat the ring with care, especially when worn daily. Also, preserve this vintage ring well to securely pass it on to your great-grandchildren as a family heirloom.
Are White Gold Engagement Rings in Trend?
Engagement ring fashion has been changing steadily since the early 90s. White gold engagement rings have created their niche and are here to stay. The metal radiates a color that is gender neutral, does not succumb to any transient styles, and is not overbearing on the wearer’s personality. Its shiny, white, pristine beauty is enhanced when harmonized with colorless diamonds. Many celebrities and style personalities have flashed their white gold engagement rings iconically in public, elevating the stature of this metal further. However, don’t buy white gold rings just because you saw your favorite celebrity wear them. Instead, create your aesthetic. Fashion isn’t just about adhering to current trends; it’s also about developing your style.
Fashion is for everyone; style gives you the power to choose! Make a choice and pick a white gold engagement ring if it resonates with your personality.
What Skin Tone Matches Best with White Gold Engagement Rings?
“I like white gold rings. However, I’m unsure if the white gold will look good on me.” If you have a similar query, read on.
We all always look better in some specific colors than others. This is so because certain colors complement our skin tone better than others. But an engagement ring is forever. So, when picking one, opt for a color that complements your skin tone, both now and in the future.
Now, let’s deal with the question on our minds- will a white gold engagement ring suit your skin tone? Yes, it will if you have a cool skin tone. Skin tone is different from skin color. Skin tone is the undertone of your appearance, whereas skin color refers to the top layer of your skin.
Confusing? Let us explain.
Skin color can change due to external factors like tanning, scarring, etc. However, your skin tone remains the same. Your ethnicity and genetic makeup decide your skin tone. The color of your veins is the best indicator of your true skin tone. Veins with a cool skin tone appear blue, whereas warm skin tone veins have a greener hue.
White metals work best for those with cool skin tones. The cool skin tone fits in nicely with the cold appearance of white metals. So, with that skin tone, you will never go wrong in choosing a white gold engagement ring for your special day.
Is 18K White Gold Better Than 14K White Gold?
The metal part for jewelry is often chosen based on its karat content. And there are essentially two kinds available in the case of diamond set gold jewelry: 18k and 14k. The real conundrum, though, is which to choose.
Four factors must be considered while deciding which karat to go for – 18 or 14.
White gold seems to be an oxymoron because all naturally occurring gold is yellow. So, the white sheen on the white gold comes from alloying the gold with other white metals and the rhodium plating. Technically, 14k white gold comprises 42% silver and nickel alloys and 58% pure gold. On the other hand, 18k white gold is made up of 25% silver and nickel alloys and 75% pure gold. Hence, 18k white gold gets a superior position in terms of purity.
Natural gold is a highly malleable metal. But white gold is known for its strength, being an alloy. The toughness of 14k white gold varies from that of 18k. The thumb rule is that the purer the gold in the jewelry, the more prone it is to scratches and bending. Since 18k white gold has more gold content, it is more prone to external wearing than 14k white gold. So, in terms of sturdiness, 14k gold scores better than its 18k counterpart.
Rhodium plating is a technique that is frequently used on white gold engagement rings. The plating gives the ring a dazzling white coating on top. The karat of a white gold ring won’t matter once it has been coated. No matter the karat, the rings will be stunning and sophisticated.
Keep in mind, though, that the rhodium plating is temporary. Only a year or two may pass before it rubs off. As a result, you would need to have your ring re-plated by your jeweler.
A 14k white gold engagement ring costs less than an 18k one because it contains less pure gold. So, if staying within your budget is important, choose a 14k white gold engagement ring.
Engagement rings frequently feature settings made of both 14k and 18k gold. Your preference determines which one you pick, though! If you lead an active lifestyle and cannot always be too mindful of your engagement ring, choose a 14k engagement ring (it is slightly lighter on the pocket too!) If you wish for a higher level of gold purity, then pick the 18k variant. Also, an 18k white gold engagement ring will be more hypoallergenic due to less content of alloying metals. At Gabriel & Co., you can get the ring you like customized in the metal of your choice, along with a choice of 14k or 18k.
With a subdued tone of modern style, white gold expertly highlights the appeal of traditional gold. Who, therefore, ought to get a white gold engagement ring? Anyone who enjoys unique fashion and favors a gender-neutral color.
Switching from yellow gold to white gold doesn’t require much bravery. All you need is an individual sense of style and the ability to find fashion in understated designs. Gabriel & Co. believes anything that resonates with your natural vibe makes you look beautiful. Shop the most singular and innovative designs of white gold engagement rings from our collection.