Post # 1
Recently, the BF and I went to go get my ring size at a few jewelers just to make sure of it before ordering the ring I chose online and I’ve known I wanted rose gold but I was iffy on the differences between 14k vs 18k, both of which are offered as options from the online seller we’re looking at.
I tried on both and even though I was told by the jeweler that there’s no difference visually, the 18k did look brighter to me and the color of the rose/peach appealed to me a lot more than the pinkier 14k (though I will always love that too).
THEN looking up 14k vs 18k online after this experience, I’ve seen pictures of comparisons done in threads from a few years ago where the color difference is noticeable and I also read somewhere that 18k is more traditional in fine jewelery and also more popular in Asia and also that it wears better over time and retains/increases in value better than 14k or whatever (I don’t care too much about the value-over-time stuff but it was interesting to read!)
SO, I thought maybe a few of you bees have some beautiful 18k rose gold rings I could see that I haven’t seen in the older threads I’ve stalked through already 🙂
Please show off what you got and if when choosing your metal and you had the choice between the 14k and 18k, were you able to see the difference? Experiences with it so far? I’d love to hear about anymore tidbits about 18k rose gold that you know of or that you’ve noticed while having it (like I heard that sometimes it can be confused with yellow gold under certain situations? Don’t mind that too much if it does look like YG sometimes, but please let me know if you’ve noticed stuff like this too!)
Post # 2
I love my 18k rose gold oval solitaire 🙂 It never gets confused for yellow gold, and is as durable as can be! I chose it over 14k gold because when I say them in person I liked the champagne/peachy/blush color of the 18k over he darker rose/pink of the 14k!
I have 18k and love it:)
Post # 3
I don’t own this, but I thought I’d throw it out there 🙂
ERD custom solitaire
18k RG shank
18k UWG head
GIA 3.55 OEC
Post # 4
Go for the 18k since that’s what you like. Your eyes aren’t lying to you. The 18k rose does have a richer look to it because it is 75% gold and 25% copper alloy, while the 14k is somewhere around 54% gold 46% copper alloy.
Not sure why a jeweler would say that unless they are new or have no knowledge of their field. Just as naturelovebee stated that her 18k rose doesn’t get mistaken for yellow gold. 14k rose can be mistaken for 10k or 14k yellow at a quick glance.
18k gold is softer than 14k gold, but don’t let that frighten you. That seems to detour people away once they hear that, but it still makes a solid ring. The 18k will just develop a patina quicker over time, which all rings are going to get scratches anyway. If you are worried about the prongs supporting the stone you can always have the prongs done in platinum.
Post # 5
I’ve seen your ring a few times around the board and I ooh and ahh over it all the time! I never knew it was 18k – it’s beautiful 😍
Thanks for sharing!! That’s a Mark Morrell setting isn’t it? Are you considering it? I think it’s one of my favorite solitaire designs I’ve ever seen!
Thanks for all the info! I’m definitely going to go for the 18k 🙂
Post # 6
My ring isn’t 18k, it’s only 14, but I figured I’d post a picture of it anyways for more comparisons! (And to show off my favorite thing in the world some more!)
Can’t say how the 14k ages since it’s still pretty new, but even after constant hand washing with it on, it’s remained unscathed and hasn’t lost any of its shine or clarity. Sorry if this didn’t help, I know it’s not what you were looking for, but maybe for a comparison to some of these other stunning rings!
Post # 7
My jeweler also told me that in appearance, 14K and 18K looks the same. Since its price also similar, I choose 18K (more gold the better for me LOL)
Anyway, I also tried several 18K rose gold, some are pinkish coppery, and some are very yellow. I also have seen a 14K rose gold that are very pink, doesnt look like gold at all.
So I guess it really depends, better to see it yourself and go with what you like!!
Here’s my pink sapphire in 18K rose gold =)
Post # 8
My wedding set isn’t rose gold but my right hand ring is 18k rose gold. I’ve been wearing it everyday for the past 5 years and it’s held up well. It’s definitely scratched,and could use a good polish though 🙂
Post # 9
My wedding band is 18k Rose Gold! It’s relatively thin and I’ve only been wearing it for 5 months now but it’s held up well so far! I like that it’s not as deep pink as 14k rose gold is. I find it actually looks relatively close to yellow gold. My e-ring is 14k yellow gold actually, so I’m posting a picture of the two side by side so you can see the colour difference. It’s really subtle, but my wedding band is a bit more peachy than my e-ring is! 😀
Sorry for the bad pictures – the lighting isn’t the best here in the office!
Post # 10
Both rings look great! Would you mind posting a few more pictures of your two rings next to each other once you get better lighting? My girlfriend said that she “prefers yellow gold” compared to rose gold but she typically wears 14K yellow gold. My jeweler only uses 18K gold. I am trying to decide if the 18K yellow or 18K rose is closer in color to the 14K yellow.
At first glance I think the 18K rose looks closer to 14K yellow… the 18K yellow seems very bright and verry yellow. Thanks!
Post # 11
Sorry if any of these pictures are massive!
I took some photos outside so I’d get good lighting – some were in the sunlight, some were in the shade 🙂
I’m a huge fan of yellow gold, but I definitely liked 18k rose gold better than 18k yellow gold. I found the 18k rose gold to be a bit softer and less like sunshine-lollipop-yellow if you know what I mean! Unfortunately I don’t have any 18k yellow gold to show you 🙁
This one (below) was in sunlight. If you look really closely you can kind of see that my wedding band (bottom ring) is a TINY bit more pink than my e-ring. It looks a tiny bit warmer, but honestly the difference is SO subtle that I only ever notice it if I’m staring closely at my rings!
In this picture you can’t really tell that there’s a difference (wedding band on top):
I think this picture (below) shows the difference well. It’s actually a bit more noticeable in this picture than it is in real life hahah.
Here’s the picture in the shade (below). I think you can tell the difference if you look really closely or if you’re super colour sensitive.