Post # 1
I’m looking to get an engagement ring in a J/K color, VS1/VS2, True Hearts/Astor Ideal cut, 1.3-1.4ct diamond, round cut solitaire. I realize that with the color of the diamond it’s better to get a yellow gold or rose gold setting. I’m looking for something more durable with strong prongs. I’m getting mixed reviews about rose gold settings, some say it’s stronger than yellow gold some say the opposite. So here are my questions:
1. 14k yellow gold, 18k yellow gold, or 14K rose gold? Which one is more durable and will withstand time?
2. Will getting platinum or white gold prongs (with a yellow gold or rose gold ring) make a J/K diamond look more yellow? I’m trying to hide the yellow tint a little bit.
So bottom line is I’m trying to pick a setting that will minimize the yellow tint in the diamond and something durable as the wearer is a bit clumsy…
Thank you for your input!
Post # 2
I’m not sure about rose gold versus yellow gold, but 14K YG is more durable than 18K because gold is a relatively soft metal.
I have a J and I chose yellow gold prongs. I heard arguments both ways – platinum prongs will make the diamond appear whiter since it’s reflecting the platinum, or yellow gold prongs will provide contrast so the diamond looks whiter. I chose YG because I didn’t want mixed metal and I thought platinum was distracting.
What helped me was going to James Allen’s website and viewing recent J/K rings they made. You can see them up close and decide for yourself what you think.
Post # 3
bellathefox : Thanks! Great idea!
Post # 4
My diamond is a K and I have a 14k yellow gold ring with yellow gold prongs. The setting from James Allen originally has white gold prongs, but I chose the yellow gold prongs because I don’t like white gold and wanted it too look cohesive. My diamond is very warm overall due to it being a radiant, which show color, but I think the yellow prongs make it look a little whiter! I was also looking into getting 18k yellow gold because I love how rich it is, but I was advised to get 14k for the increased durability, especially because my setting has a lot of engraving and milgrain.
Post # 5
I have a K color diamond VVS2 ideal cut, 18k yellow gold band, white gold prongs. I personally like having white gold prongs because I think it compliments the diamond the best. I have never felt like my diamond looks yellow at all. In fact, I don’t notice any kind of color tinge at all. I think that choosing an ideal cut with a high clarity makes it sparkle so much the color is never noticed!
Post # 6
sjla : For yellow gold, 14K is more durable. That said, my jeweler said that the difference between 14K and 18K was that big and to choose based on color preference. Fiance and I both preferred the color of 14K, but that is a very personal choice. 18K gold has a lovely luxe look, I just prefer the slightly more muted look of 14K.
I don’t have a diamond, but a forever brilliant oec moissanite. The oec moissanite are warmer than other forever brilliant, so the body color is similar to a j/k diamond. I chose yellow gold prongs because I love the uniform look.
A platinum head would be the most secure option.
Post # 7
I’d always go 18K over 14K. 14K is only 58.3% gold, while 18K is 75%. The difference in softness isn’t enough, IMO, to give up that much. And prongs can be made of a different material. I have an 18K band with platinum prongs. My stone is a GIA I and the prongs aren’t big or intrusive enough to make enough of a difference in the color of the stone. The rest of the setting matters more. So I’d have the band made of 18K and have the prongs made of white gold or platinum.
Post # 8
Mine is actually M/N, so even more yellow! It was my grandmother’s diamond and I had no idea about the specs until I had it apprised for insurance. By then it was already set in white gold. The only time I notice a yellow tint is looking at the side through the prongs, but rarely through the top of the diamond.
Post # 9
: I have a 14k rose gold with 6 platinum prongs and my diamond color J. I dont notice any yellowish tints at all, it shine very clear and bright and the rose gold sometimes even looks silver when outside in bright daylight.
Post # 10
1. The copper in rose gold makes it more durable than yellow gold rings. The higher the karat, the more pure gold, which makes it softer. So 18k requires a bit more care because it is more prone to scratches, BUT 14k and 18k rose gold are both durable. The difference really comes down to the color of rose gold. Since 18k has more gold in it, it will appear to have more of a yellowish cast and 14k will be more pinkish.
2. If you want to hide the color more stay away from the platinum or white gold prongs. I like the contrast, and I also just prefer the uniform look of keeping it the same as the band.
Here is my ring. It is 14k rose gold pave band with rose gold prongs. The center stone is a 1.47ct, I color (although if it were GIA certified it would be more like a J), SI1, hearts and arrows cut round diamond.
Post # 11
I’ve inherited my grandmothers wedding ring which also my mom wore and it’s in 18k yellow gold from the 1940’s and it’s perfect minus some small scratches. It is a bit wider though at 3.5 mm. So I would say pick the gold you like the best. 🙂
Post # 12
Here is mine! It is 18k rose gold which I liked better because it looked less pink in color. My prongs are rose gold which I like on mine because orherwise you don’t see a lot of the rose gold. My stone is more of an L, with j/k stones on the wedding band and d-e stones on the engagement ring band(not my choice but how it came).