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Taste in engagement rings has evolved over time, and one area where this is particularly evident is the choice between the white gold (seemingly silver) and yellow gold (gold) metal.

In the past, yellow gold was the most popular choice for engagement rings, but today, more women are opting for a sleek and modern look with white gold. 

This blog post will explore the reasons behind this shift in taste and what it means for brides-to-be who are considering their options.


White and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings: A Brief Overview

Yellow gold engagement rings are a timeless classic. It has been used since the beginning of jewellery making. This type of gold is created by alloying pure gold with other yellow metals such as copper and zinc. The resulting metal has a warm, rich colour that many people find appealing.

White gold engagement rings have a sleek and modern look that many brides find appealing. This type of gold is created by alloying pure gold with white metals such as silver, palladium, and nickel. The resulting metal has a bright, shiny appearance similar to platinum. 


Is White Gold Taking Over in 2023?

One reason for the shift towards white gold is the rise of contemporary and minimalist jewellery trends. White gold has a clean and simple appearance that suits these styles, whereas yellow gold can sometimes look too ornate or old-fashioned. 

Additionally, white gold's bright and shiny appearance is a good match for the increasingly popular trend of mixing and matching different metals in jewellery.

Another reason for the popularity of white gold is its hypoallergenic properties. Many people are allergic to metals commonly used to create yellow gold, such as copper and zinc. This makes white gold a good choice for those with sensitive skin.


White or Yellow Gold Engagement Rings? Here’s What to Consider 

When deciding between white gold and yellow gold engagement rings, there are a few things to consider. 

1. Think about your personal style. Do you prefer a modern, contemporary look or a classic, timeless look? If you're not sure, try on both types of rings and see which one feels more comfortable and natural on your finger.

2. Consider the colour of your skin and the overall tone of your wardrobe. If you have a cool skin tone and tend to wear silver jewellery more, a white gold engagement ring might be the best choice. If you have a warm skin tone and tend to wear gold jewellery, a yellow gold engagement ring might be a better option.

3. Finally, think about the type of wedding band you plan to wear with your engagement ring. If you want a wedding band that matches your engagement ring, choose a white gold or yellow gold setting that is the same colour as your wedding band. This will create a cohesive and coordinated look.


The Pros and Cons of White Gold Rings

White gold engagement rings have become increasingly popular in recent years. However, like all types of jewellery, white gold has its own unique set of pros and cons. Here are some of them:


  • White gold has a bright and shiny appearance similar to platinum or silver, which many people find appealing.

  • White gold is hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for those with sensitive skin.

  • White gold is less expensive than platinum, which makes it a good option for people on a budget.

  • White gold can be easily re-plated with rhodium to restore its bright white colour, which means it will maintain its good looks over time.


  • White gold is not as strong as platinum, which means it may be more prone to scratching and other types of damage.

  • White gold can sometimes look too modern or clinical, which may not be to everyone's taste.


The Pros and Cons of Yellow Gold Rings

Gold is forever a popular metal choice for engagement rings. Though it’s usually the most expensive option, it does have some advantages that are hard to beat.

  • Gold does not corrode, tarnish or rust, so it can last for years and remain as good as new for a long time.

  • Gold is a strong metal that is resistant to scratches and remains shiny even with wear and tear.

However, one downside of gold rings is that they can be quite expensive—especially if they are 18-karat or higher. Also, if you have an allergy to nickel (which can be present in gold alloys), this may be a deal-breaker.



Ultimately, choosing between a white or yellow gold engagement ring will come down to your style and taste.

However, no matter the type of ring you decide on. It’s important to care for it.

Remove your rings when cooking, and avoid touching the centre diamond frequently. Also, always store your ring in a safe place when you’re not wearing it.

Don’t use abrasive materials like baking soda to clean your engagement ring, as this will dull the surface and can destroy the metal or diamond over time. Instead, use only mild liquid soap and warm water to clean when needed.

One of the best ways to care for your engagement ring is by protecting it with jewellery insurance. With Q Report’s specialised jewellery insurance, you get peace of mind knowing your engagement ring is protected if it gets lost, damaged or stolen. Contact us to get started or fill out this form to get a quick online quote.


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