Perhaps the single most common format for engagement rings today goes as such: A beautiful stone or gem in the center, most commonly a diamond, surrounded by a setting and a band that are most often made from some form of gold. Several other formats exist, of course, and there’s plenty of mixing and matching possible, but this is one of the foundational templates of engagement and wedding rings around the globe.
At AAA Jewelers, we boast a wide variety of diamond and other engagement rings in a whole host of setting formats, including the traditional one laid out above. If you’re going down this path, one of your primary choice areas will be which specific type of gold you select – let’s go over a few of the most popular options on the market today and discuss which might be the right choice for you or a significant other.
In today’s engagement ring market, white gold and similar platinum products stand alone as the most desirable color for settings and bands. This is a trend that was building for a couple decades and has now firmly taken over – white gold offers a seamless, smooth transition from the diamond or stone itself to the setting and remainder of the ring.
Whether you’re looking for a simple or complex design, white gold is workable. It’s known to help make the stone appear brighter, along with the entire ring. Do note that white gold will need replating over enough time, and in some rare cases people may have a minor skin allergy to it – in these cases, choosing pure platinum will avoid the allergy concern while bringing a similar look and feel.
Yellow gold was once very popular, then went out of style for a few decades – but it’s now back with a vengeance. It’s considered a “classic” gold style, in part due to the fact that yellow is actually the natural color of this substance, and it adds contrast to any diamond piece. For those who choose yellow-tinted diamonds, yellow gold is a perfect way to enhance its depth. Plus, since gold is naturally yellow, replating will not be required nearly as often as white gold.
Rose gold is another hue that’s become very popular in recent years. Its reddish tint is extremely romantic and does well with a variety of skin tones, from soft to sharper themes. Rose gold formats may be slightly porous in their natural state, and for this reason you’ll generally be directed to certain carats to ensure the metal alloys are durable enough for long-term wear.
For more on which gold hue to choose for an engagement ring, or to learn about any of our diamond ring or fashion jewelry services, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.