(Closed) Does yellow gold come in different shades?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
221 posts
Helper bee

KrisMarch:  I think white gold is actually more of a buttery yellow, but is rhodium dipped to make it a silver color. Maybe you can get undipped white gold?

Post # 3
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

There are absolutely different shades of yellow gold; most of them depend on how high a karat the gold is. So generally speaking, 18K yellow gold is brighter and yellower/golder than 14K, which is brighter and warmer than 10K. There are also specific alloys which can be brighter or duller. 

While many white gold alloys do discolour to a warmer shade when their rhodium plating wears away (some alloys do not, though), they are still far, far whiter than yellow gold. Putting an unplated WG ring next to a regular plated WG ring will only make one look dingy or slightly off; it certainly will not provide the pleasing contrast of two different colours of gold IMO. 

Some jewelers will custom mix an alloy, but most do not. And most 10K rings look mostly the same, as do most 14K rings, as do most 18K rings and so on. The lightest colour you can usually get is a standard 10K (or 9K if you are not in the US), but many reputable jewelers don’t carry anything under 14K, so that might be an issue.

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