Yellow Gold Cushion Cut Engagement Rings That Look Downright Royal
Are you considering a yellow gold cushion cut engagement ring? You’re in good company: The combination of yellow gold’s warmth with the soft angles of the square-but-rounded cushion is an appealing choice for many brides. The cushion cut‘s intricate faceting provides a diamond with spectacular fire, and choosing a yellow gold setting amps up the contrast between stone and band, amplifying the diamond’s sparkle.
But there are some things you should know before rushing in blindly for your engagement ring. That contrast between band and diamond could have an effect on the stone’s color — and the type of yellow gold you choose can make a difference overall. Here are the most important things to consider when you’re shopping for a yellow gold cushion cut ring.
Consider color when shopping for yellow gold cushion cut engagement rings
Yellow gold has an appealing glow, but it will have an effect on your diamond’s apparent hue. If you choose a completely colorless diamond (D through F grade), yellow gold will make your stone more yellow. For this reason you might want to consider a lower color grade (such as G or H), which will contrast less with the metal and therefore look whiter.
You might also want to avoid crushed ice diamonds (a.k.a. A type of cushion cut diamond that has more and smaller facets in the center of the stone). Although they help mask inclusions, they’ll make the color easier to spot in your stone.
But picking a metal is important, too
There’s a difference between 14k and 18k yellow gold, besides hardness and price: color. With it slightly cooler tone, 14k yellow gold will look whiter than 18k, so you can go higher on the color scale for your diamond, since less yellow will come through from your setting.
With its brighter golden hue, 18k yellow gold can lend a gorgeous antique look to your ring, but it will be a richer yellow and also easier to scratch than 14k gold. So it’s important to consider not just the color of your focal diamond and any accent stones, but also your lifestyle. If you have a particularly active job or hobbies that might see your ring get knocked or dinged, you might not want to go with 18k gold.
Top yellow gold cushion cut engagement rings
Although we have an extensive collection of settings that work with cushion diamonds and are available in 14k or 18k yellow gold, the ones you see below are some of our favorites. These ring settings have details that we think lend themselves particularly well to this antique-style precious metal and showcase the signature curves of this diamond shape well. Below you’ll find all of the images are of 14k, but you should also check out our wide selection of cushion cut engagement rings in 18k yellow gold.