Yellow gold is a gold alloy, made by combining pure gold with one or two other metals such as copper and silver, to achieve its signature warm, yellow tone. The composition of yellow gold varies based on its level of purity. 24K gold has the highest level of purity and is considered as pure gold with 99.9% purity, 18K gold is 75% pure, while 14K is 58.3% pure.
Yellow gold differs from other types of gold in terms of both colour (white gold has a silvery-white colour, while rose gold has a pinkish hue) and composition. It is a classic and popular choice in the world of gold jewellery making due to its timeless charm and versatility in highlighting various gemstones and settings.
Yellow gold is not necessarily the most expensive type of gold. The cost of gold varies depending on its purity and the current market price. Generally, the higher the gold purity (Karat), the more expensive the gold is, regardless of the colour. For example, 18K white gold and 18K yellow gold are typically priced the same, whereas 24K gold will be priced higher.
Yellow gold has been used to craft jewellery since ancient times, making yellow gold wedding rings, yellow gold halo engagement rings, or yellow gold oval engagement rings a classic choice. Additionally, yellow gold is durable, hypoallergenic, and does not tarnish, which means it suits all types of skin tones and can last for a long time.
Yellow gold diamond rings can be an excellent choice of jewellery because their warm yellow hue complements the diamond’s colourless brilliance. This adds depth and character to the diamond, making it appear more vibrant and lustrous.
To clean your yellow gold ring, soak your jewellery in warm water for a few minutes then scrub gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Wipe dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Yellow gold actually does not tarnish as it is a very stable and unreactive metal, hence maintenance of yellow gold is relatively easy. If you notice that your yellow gold jewellery is starting to look dull, it is most likely due to scratches on the surface caused by everyday wear and tear. To restore its luster and remove minor scratches, you may bring it to a professional jeweller for polishing or re-plating.