(Closed) Best stone color for a yellow gold setting?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 1999

G-K are great for yellow gold, also lower colors can use white prongs and a yellow band

Post # 3
61 posts
Worker bee

I prefer colorless with all metals, so I would say D-G. This is purely preference. I’m very color sensitive, and I love the stark white with warm gold.

Post # 6
132 posts
Blushing bee

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heatherlw :  My diamond is a F and set in 18K yellow gold with platinum prongs. I’ve heard you can go lower in color as well though. My fiance had the diamond before he picked the setting, and I’ve always wanted yellow gold, so I would have asked for that regardless of the diamond color. 

Post # 7
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is a ring I was strongly considered getting and I still love it. I ended up going for a colorless diamond and white gold setting and all my previous diamonds were colored and wanted a change.  I loved this ring just as much though and it really just came down to cost. 

The ring below is a K colored VS1 diamond. It was gorgeous and the yellow gold looked perfect with it. 


Post # 9
3313 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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heatherlw :  think my stone’s are about k-l not really sure but mine set is 18 ct yellow gold. Flash is on. 

Post # 10
3167 posts
Sugar bee

I have a G colour diamond with a yellow gold setting and prongs. 

If you have an ideal cut diamond then the light that is refracted is the light that goes in through the table of your diamond. This means that providing your prongs do not go above table height the setting will not colour the diamond at all.

I tried this out experimentally by comparing my G coloured diamond in a yellow gold setting with cubic zirconia (which are by default D colour) in a silver setting.


I took a photo but couldn’t see a difference. 


I then took the photo and increased the colour contrast so that any colour difference would be apparent. Again I couldn’t see a difference.


If you magnify the photograph you will see a tiny bit of yellow from the prongs reflected in the diamond but this is so close to the prongs that with the naked eye you will see nothing.

I therefore conclude that in a round well-cut diamond with prongs below the table the setting will not colour the diamond. I would go as far as to say that the contrast between the yellow setting and the white diamond actually makes the diamond look whiter.

Others may argue about this point but I’ve yet to see their photographic evidence.


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