Buying guide: choosing the right gold colour for your engagement ring


White, Pink or Yellow Gold?

Gold engagement rings are forever favourites. But gold is often mistaken for always being yellow! It is not. This article will answer the most frequently asked questions around the gold topic and assist you in finding out the best gold colour for your engagement ring.

What is the difference between 24k gold, 18k gold, 14k gold and 10k gold?

When extracted from the earth, gold is relatively soft (2,5 Mohs on the scale of hardness vs 10 for a diamond). In its pure form, gold is too soft to hold stones in place. Gold must therefore be mixed with other metals like silver or copper to lend strength and durability. The percentage of metal alloys added to gold will determine its purity:

  • 24 karat gold (100% gold)
  • 18 karat gold (75% gold)
  • 14 karat gold (58% gold)
  • 10 karat gold (42% gold)

Is 14k or 18k better for an engagement ring?

14k gold is a popular choice in the United States while the European market prefers working with 18k gold, knows for its higher percentage. We, at My Diamond Ring, work exclusively with 18k to offer you:

  • As pure gold as possible (75% gold)
  • The most beautiful gold shades and luster
  • Durability and strength to hold your diamond(s) in place

How many shades of gold are there?

There are a total of 9 different shades of gold. Depending on the type and percentage of the metal alloys added to pure gold, gold can be:

  • Yellow gold
  • White gold
  • Pink gold
  • Green gold
  • Grey gold
  • Black gold
  • Blue gold
  • Purple gold
  • Red gold

Which gold colours are the most commonly used for engagement rings?

Yellow, white and pink gold are most commonly used for jewellery, and for engagement rings in particular. This is why we, at My Diamond Ring, offer all three colours in 18k gold.

Which gold colour is most expensive?

White gold usually is slightly more expensive than yellow gold or pink gold. We, at My Diamond Ring, sell all gold colours at the same price.