Once upon a time, choosing a yellow gold engagement ring and matching wedding ring was a no-brainer for newlyweds. It was the most popular metal when choosing jewels to celebrate an engagement or marriage but in recent years, white gold has overtaken yellow gold as the most popular choice for brides and husbands to be. If you’re looking to propose to your other half, this might seem confusing, made even more so by the recent inclusion of rose gold that’s quickly climbing the jewellery ranks to claim a potential top spot. So, instead of looking to fashion and tradition, we’ll help you navigate the tricky decision that is choosing the right ring tone with our guide to choosing the perfect metal for your skin tone.
The most popular metal choice and often considered the safest as the colour of white gold is thought not to clash against many other colours or skin tones. If you’re planning on buying an engagement ring to propose to your significant other, it’s often easiest to choose a white gold ring with the least chance of getting it wrong, unless of course you know your partner’s preference for a different metal. Although white gold appears safe, it is actually best suited to people with cooler skin tones - think pale skin with pinkish undertones or those that typically burn in the sun easily. The colour of the white gold offsets the tones in the skin and actually results in the skin appearing less pink and more visually appealing.
Match your white gold engagement ring with a gorgeous white gold diamond band for your wedding ring. We love the simple beauty in this stunning 6-claw classic engagement ring paired with this stunning scalloped eternity band.
Yellow Gold metals sit at the other end of the scale to white gold, where they complement warmer skin tones. The warmth in yellow gold gives the illusion of a lighter skin tone which softens the hand and can sometimes give the appearance of younger, fresher skin. Because of its history, yellow gold rings can give the impression of a more traditional ring so can be more suited to a vintage or classic setting like an emerald cut centre diamond or a trilogy ring. At SH Jewellery, every ring design can be set in your choice of white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum so you can choose this timeless Emerald Cut engagement ring in a yellow gold setting and pair it with the equally as beautiful channel set wedding band in yellow gold for a stunning stack post wedding day.
Whilst white gold and yellow gold complement both extremes in skin tones, rose gold sits nicely in the middle as the most versatile option and easily paired with a different metal for the wedding band. Rose gold rings suit most skin tones providing your skin tone is not a direct match with the tone of the rose gold, otherwise the beauty in the ring is less likely to stand out on your hand. The softness in the rose gold colour can seem more feminine than both the white gold and yellow gold comparisons, so it’s perfect for future brides who want a more girly touch or for a subtle shimmer of colour in amongst their diamond stack.
Need help finding the ideal engagement ring?
Our friendly sales team have many years of experience and can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one. Simply visit our SH Showroom in Springvale and take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your engagement ring requirements. However, so that we can better serve you, we recommend that you book an appointment for your consultation, especially for weekend times.