How to Understand the Different Gold Jewelry Colors

Learn about the different gold colors -- yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, etc. -- from private jeweler Kate Hemphill in this Howcast video.

So I wanna talk little bit about different types of gold.  Pretty much in any setting option, there’s gonna be 14 or 18 karat.  18 karat is close to pure gold, it’s 70% pure gold.  14 karat is around 58% pure gold.  Golds are available in three different colors.  As seen here in this bracelet, there’s yellow which is most popular, most common is yellow gold.  

There’s rose gold or pink gold which is alloyed with copper to give it a beautiful rosy color.  And white gold which is typical in lot of settings but mostly used in finished jewelry, white gold is allied with silver and nickel to give it a white look and over time, it does tend to get turn a little bit yellow, so it has to be polished and reemployed as it turns yellow with time.  So depending on your stone selection.  If you choose fancy yellow diamond, setting in yellow gold is beautiful.  If you’re so lucky to choose a pink diamond, then rose gold would enhance the color perfectly.  White gold is a good option for colorless diamond but when going that direction, platinum will probably a best bet.  Keep in mind that the 18 karat gold is a little bit softer so will scratch and bend a bit easier than other metals, so just as always, take care with your jewelry.  

Final thing to consider is which gold is really gonna suite your stone the best.  If you are making an investment in significant stone, it’s probably best to go with platinum.  If you’re inventing in fancy colored diamond, make sure to choose the color gold that’s really gonna enhance the color because that’s the ultimate beauty of the stone.