White Gold, Yellow Gold, or Rose Gold – Which is Best for Your Engagement Ring?


Compared to historical standards, jewelers today have incredible access to a wide variety of metals in an array of colors. From platinum to palladium, more simplistic metals are becoming popular among new couples, but classic gold is never to be underestimated. Learning about the differences between two of the most popular metals – white and rose gold – can go a long way in helping you determine which is best for you and your partner while narrowing down your many options during your search for the perfect engagement ring.

White Gold – Pros and Cons

An elegant alternative to the classic look of yellow gold is white gold which is an alloy of gold mixed with a white metal (sometimes nickel, palladium, or manganese). Nickel is more durable, offering a much-needed strength for whatever setting chosen for the final design.

Cheaper and more sustainable than palladium, white gold offers a similar look and feel to the popular yellow gold metal. Compared to traditional yellow gold, white gold is more durable, lasts longer, and is less susceptible to scratches, dents, and accidental imperfections. But as with many precious metals, it requires some maintenance and upkeep to retain its sheen and glimmer. It should be professionally polished and cleaned at least once per year and dipped every few years in order to maintain its luster. In some instances, jewelers offer the service free of charge.

When compared to rose gold or yellow gold, white gold nicely compliments all skin tones and preferences, offering a sophisticated yet modest appearance. However, if you’re seeking a metal that better compliments darker skin tones, we suggest looking at rose or yellow gold.

Yellow Gold – Pros and Cons

While yellow gold best portrays the classic gold appearance we all know, yellow gold used for ring making is typically an alloy mixed with metals like zinc or copper, offering cheaper alternatives to higher karat counts. That said, those seeking yellow gold in engagement or wedding rings should seek higher karat counts to ensure a higher gold content, but be prepared to pay a higher price.

When compared to white and rose gold, yellow gold is more easily scratched and dented due to the softness of the metals that make it up. It also requires regular polishing and cleaning with dipping every few years by a professional jeweler.

Yellow gold suits mostly every skin tone, but it’s particularly striking when placed in contrast with darker skin tones. The effect isn’t quite as impactful when set against pale or fair skin.

Rose Gold – Pros and Cons

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy. Popular in Russia during the early 1800s, it was often referred to as Russian gold, but rose or pink gold is a more common term heard today.

An increasingly popular option for jewelry of every type, rose gold is a common choice for those seeking a unique, non-traditional look for modern engagement and wedding rings. Standing out easily against those with warm and cooler skin tones, rose gold has a wonderful contrast with pale skin, however, that same effect may diminish against darker skin.

As with every gold alloy, rose gold needs regular maintenance and upkeep to retain its sheen and luster. Because of the copper content, it’s the most durable of the three metals compared to yellow and white gold. However, some people can become irritated and even allergic to the copper content in these rings, resulting in discomfort and reactions. You’ll want to check carefully to ensure your partner doesn’t have sensitive skin; otherwise, yellow gold may be your best option.

Choosing Between the Three Types of Gold

Before you make your final decision, there are a few things to consider while shopping for a gold wedding or engagement ring:

  • The Wearer’s Preference: This is be the most important and most obvious factor in your decision-making process. If she wears a lot of white gold jewelry, you can’t go wrong with that. However, if she has a preference for rose gold in her pieces, set your eyes on a 14k rose gold round halo engagement ring or a sparkling halo ring with diamond stones set along the band.
  • Type of Stone: Without question, a white diamond stone will look incredible on any of the three types of gold, but if you truly want to make an impression with the ring, a colored diamond or gemstone will look best on yellow gold settings.
  • Price: The cost of the ring is always a factor, but it’s also an As a demonstration of your love, you’ll want something she can cherish, admire, and remember you by as you both continue your journey. While each type of gold has its own strengths and weaknesses, they’re all found in affordable settings depending on the content of the ring itself.

If you’re looking for a brilliant band that your special someone will cherish for the rest of her life, look no further than Gabriel New York. Our stunning pieces are carefully crafted and expertly presented, so no matter if you choose a rose gold engagement ring, classic yellow or tasteful white gold, she’ll never be disappointed.