Looking For Something To Pass Down? Try a Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
Yellow gold was all the rage for engagement rings back in the 1980s and 1990s, but it took a bit of a dip in recent years. Now? It’s surging in popularity again — and for good reason: It’s absolutely gorgeous. Paired together with a step-cut stone in a yellow gold emerald cut engagement ring, it’s the elegant combination of two surging trends.
And it’s timeless, too. A diamond set in a yellow gold ring will always have a sophisticated vibe to it, even as other metal styles come and go. When you pick yellow gold you’ll know you have one that can be passed down, and cherished, for generations to come.
Things to consider when buying a yellow gold emerald cut engagement ring
That said, there are a few things to keep in mind before you set your heart on a yellow diamond emerald cut diamond ring.
First thing’s first: Don’t try to skimp on the clarity of your diamond. Emerald diamonds are step cuts, meaning they don’t have the same number of facets as brilliant cut diamonds. Step cuts don’t shine in the same way and don’t have the facets that’ll help distract from stones with more inclusions.
But here’s one of the good things about opting for a step-cut emerald diamond: They don’t emphasize color. Diamonds will pick up color from yellow and rose gold settings, so opting for a lower color grade, like an H or an I color diamond, will contrast less with the setting and make your stone appear whiter (and the stone’s faceting works well for this, too).
You’ll also need to decide which length to width ratio you like on your emerald cuts. Although longer and skinnier is certainly one way to go, you need to keep an eye out for ratios that skew too far this way and end up looking like baguettes. If you’re unsure where to look for this, one of our on-staff gemologists can help.
You’ll also need to pick your shade of yellow gold
Here’s something you might not realize: Yellow gold isn’t pure gold. Although everyone wants to have “real” gold, the reality is that 24 karat gold — AKA pure gold — is too soft to use in rings. So, gold is combined with other metals to make it suitable for jewelry.
You have two choices when it comes to yellow gold: 18 karat and 14 karat. While the number you pick comes down to preference, there are some key differences you need to know. While 18k gold is brighter than 14k, it’s also softer and can scratch easier because it contains more pure gold than other metals. That means 14k yellow gold has less real gold, but it’s much more durable than because it’s strengthened by the alloy.
Top yellow gold emerald cut engagement rings
Have your heart set on a yellow gold emerald cut engagement ring? We have you covered. We’ve rounded up our top picks that range from a traditional style to a more modern, sleek feel. You’re sure to find one here that ticks all your boxes. And if you don’t, keep in mind that this is only a small peek into our full collection of settings that can be turned into yellow gold emerald cut diamond rings.
East West Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
You don’t follow the crowd, so why would you pick the same diamond engagement ring as everyone else. The East west pave diamond engagement ring gives you the same beautiful combo of the emerald cut diamond with the yellow gold band, just oriented a different way. Bonus: The 0.16 carats of pave diamonds adds a bit of extra bling to the eye-catching set.