Gold Engagement Rings Guide

Gold Engagement Rings Guide

Selecting an engagement ring can be a daunting process. The temptation is to adhere to tradition and select a yellow gold band to go with the precious gem of choice. However, with so many alternatives available nowadays, is there a place for the simple gold engagement ring?

Learn more about how Holdsworth Jewellers can help you find the perfect ring for that special someone in your life here

Can engagement rings be gold?

Yellow gold engagement rings have been a tradition of marriage proposals since ancient Roman times. This tradition has continued to this day, with many high profile celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski, Jennifer Lawrence, Meghan Markle, Olivia Wilde etc. touting their own gold engagement rings.

Gold Engagement Ring

Gold Engagement Ring

Is yellow gold popular for engagement rings?

Yellow gold has fallen in popularity since its near-universal usage throughout history. However, even with the wide range of engagement ring alloys on the market today, yellow gold still remains  a very popular choice. Its competition tends to range from platinum rings, to other forms of gold such as white and rose variants.

Which gold is best for an engagement ring?

Yellow Gold

There are many advantages to yellow gold engagement rings. Not only is yellow gold still considered an indicator of wealth despite its accessibility, but gold itself is a very low-maintenance alloy. It is also very easy to clean and, of the various metals used in engagement rings, it is the least hypoallergenic.

White Gold

White gold is a perfect alloy for those who prefer the look of other metals such as platinum or silver. It has a similar appearance, but it is more affordable than platinum and more durable than silver. However, unlike yellow gold, white gold requires occasional recoating in order to maintain its colour. 

Rose Gold

Rose gold is less traditional than its white and yellow counterparts, but it is still a popular option for engagement rings. Its red/pink colour is synonymous with romance, and it is more durable than yellow gold while also not being subject to tarnishing like white gold.

Gold Alloy Colours

Gold Alloy Colours

How many carats should an engagement ring be?

The term “carat”, when used to describe gold as opposed to diamonds, is referring to the purity of the gold. The purest gold is 24 carats, however this level of purity is impractical for engagement rings due to its high levels of malleability. In order to ensure the durability of the gold, it is combined with other metals, usually copper. Gold purity ranges from 24ct, 22ct, 18ct, 14ct, 10ct and 9ct. 

24K Gold Bar

24K Gold Bar

How much do gold engagement rings cost? 

While the carat of gold does significantly affect the cost of an engagement ring, the price is more likely to be affected by the precious gems accompanying the gold band. Regardless, there is no “hard price” for gold engagement rings and the old rule of “two-to-three months salary” has become outdated. The average amount spent on engagement rings is between $4000-$8000.

Which jewellery store is best for engagement rings?

At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we’ve sold engagement rings from as low as $1000 to as high as $20,000. We have a wide variety of rings to suit any budget. Contact us so we can find the perfect ring for your proposal.

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