So, what's the truth about metal color and stone warmth?

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have an F and honestly I dont think it tinted my stone at all, still sparkly white.

But I’m in the middle of upgrading and buying a D and its really really white and will set it in white gold since I want to emphasis it’s color lol…

Post # 3
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I have a G colour in white gold. I don’t think the setting will make much difference, because it’s not a bezel or much gold surrounding your diamond.

I notice a slight warm tinge in my diamond in yellow rooms and I have a bright white halo, so I think your diamond with act how nature intended it to act despite the setting. 

I think that setting will look nicer in rose gold too, because the details on the basket will get lost in white gold. Go with what you like best.

Post # 4
1512 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s more like the metal will contrast or compliment your stone . Not affect the color. Or ‘tint’ it. 

As in. The color difference from say, a J diamond set in.platinum. or yellow gold. The color difference between stone and setting  may be obvious in white metal, and not in yellow


Post # 5
1157 posts
Bumble bee

I find that white prongs on a colored gold band–be it rose gold or yellow gold–to be unnecessary and visually distracting unless it’s for deliberate effect and done in a way that draws attention to it as a deliberate style choice and not just out of fear of body warmth in the stone. For anything other than a direct top view of the ring, the prongs are typically more visible than the shank for others viewing the ring.  I always notice and wonder whyyyy?! When it’s white metal prongs on a warm metal shank, the answer is one of two things: platinum is stronger for prongs, and colored prongs will make the stone darker.  Both of these answers are put out there by jewelers who are lazy and not very good at their job.  First, a well-made prong should be strong enough to hold the stone it’s there to protect no matter what metal in the fine jewelry category it’s made of, platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold and regardless of 14 or 18 kt.  Flimsy, spindly prongs should just not be used and all prongs should always be well-anchored to the shank to prevent the head from snapping off.  That’s about ring design and a good jeweler should know what they’re doing.  And to be specific, platinum isn’t stronger, it’s softer and more pliable so it bends rather than snaps.  14 kt white gold is the most brittle of all metal choices and therefore the most likely to snap and yet it is the most common metal for jewelry to be mass produced in right now and it’s because it’s the least expensive to buy in bulk and increases the profit margin for jewelry companies.  So… there’s that bit of truth.

As for color.  The biggest problem with choosing a metal color to coordinate with diamond color is generally about contrast or more specifically, clashing.  A really warm stone might look warmer in a white metal setting as the warm is contrasted against the metal and it stands out more.  If the warmth isn’t intense enough to look intentional, then the viewer may see it as a low color/low quality diamond and dislike the ring.  Putting the same stone in a colored metal may increase the color grade by a shade on the scale if measured professionally, but if the tone of the diamond color and the tone of the metal color complement each other, then to the eye, the diamond will actually appear whiter and brighter in most cases.  An m color diamond can look more like an I/J if set in a metal that complements the color of the stone and as long as the stone is cut well enough to have good light return.  Brown/pink tones go with rose gold.  Yellow tones go with yellow gold.  Greenish yellow go with a rare mix of yellow gold called green gold.

Your h diamond doesn’t have enough color to dictate the metal color choice.  Go with any color metal you like.  Don’t let jewelers’ paranoia have you put white prongs on a rose gold shank if you really prefer the look of rose gold.  Are jewelers ever paranoid?  Yes!!! Ask one about florescence and you’ll get an earful.  They’re terrified of florescence and will tell consumers that it will make their diamond look oily or milky.  Not true.  Less than 2% of diamonds with florescence have any trouble and that’s only in the “very strong” category.  That’s just an example of myths and unfounded fears affecting the jewelry industry.  There’s no need to listen to that paranoia.

For me, where the prongs meet the stone they’re holding, top and side view, is a “critical moment” so to speak for the beauty of a ring.  When choosing a ring, we’re so fastidious about the shape and style of the prongs, the number of prongs etc. But then when the prongs are a different color than the rest of the ring..?  I’m like..wait, what? (Insert record scratching).  My diamond is an E.  My jeweler tried to insist that I put it in white prongs or it would look yellow.  He was pushy and practically had a tantrum.  But no.  I like yellow gold.  I held my ground.  18kt yellow gold top to bottom.  No regrets.  The diamond never shows a hint of yellow.  Your H will also be fine in rose gold.  The floral prong basket will be beautiful and look more luscious and rich for being made out of a warm-toned metal matching the rest of your ring.  Remember, it’s your ring.  Do what you want and what you’ll enjoy.  Best of luck!

Post # 6
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I have an “I” colored oval stone in an all rose gold setting. I would say the prongs probably matter less than the overall setting if that makes sense. The stone definitely appeared to have more color when we put it against a white gold setting vs in a rose gold setting. I chose rose gold prongs because I don’t care for a two toned look at all. 

Post # 7
5602 posts
Bee Keeper

I have seen j/k colors face up super white in all colored metals.  IMO the color of your skin and the color of the metal is more noticable than the whiteness of the stone.  Dark skin and a white metal for example will not effect how white or warm your stone faces up.  But it will be a lovely contrast.  I would go with your personal preference of metal shades if the color of the stone does not phase you.  Or walk your ring into your jeweler and ask him to pop it into different colored settings [they usually have a few laying around] and try them on.  That’s really the only way you’re going to know for sure.  If you’re getting it reset anyway-taking it out of the center shouldn’t be a big deal.

Post # 8
208 posts
Helper bee

I have ‘I’ color on YG, it’s super white to me. The jeweler told me I can do all the metal, as it won’t effect much on my stone anyway as I is still in pretty white range. My stone faces up super white, I never notice the warmth in it at all, but I have round brilliant which hide more color with triple X cut, so I’m not sure if it’s about the cut or not

Post # 9
41 posts
  • Wedding: January 2018

I have a J-ish Moissanite in unplated white gold cuz i wanted to have more warmth, but I don’t feel like it made a difference at all. Infact, I think it makes my stone look whiter. 

Post # 10
440 posts
Helper bee

I have a J pear diamond in an all rose gold halo and I think it highlights the warmth slightly in certain lighting situations for sure (I personally love this though.) My jeweler was 100% behind me with rose gold because he said it would totally flatter the J pear and he was right. I think setting my diamond in white gold would make it look warmer because there’s more contrast.

There is something to be said about metal color for sure ..for example when you put a D colour diamond in yellow or rose gold it softens it but if it’s in white metal it has that super crisp white look. 

Post # 11
588 posts
Busy bee

In my experience, the color of the gold doesn’t change the way the stone appears. It’s moreso the reflection of the gold on the stone. I have a GH moissanite and changed from a two-tone rose gold setting to a solid yellow gold setting. There were two things that drove me crazy about the two-tone.

1) The reflection of the rose gold band on the white gold prongs. I was constantly checking to see if the white gold rhodium plating had worn off. The prongs looked darker depending on the angle and lighting.

2) The warmth of the stone was more obvious to me when looking at the ring from the side (which is what I see most of the time). I am very color sensitive and just hated seeing the warmth. I think the two different metals highlight the contrast in colors instead of “masking” any warmth.

The solid gold really makes the moissy shine and is perfect in my mixed metal stack. I can still see some warmth from the side in low light, but it matches the warmth of the gold. If I wear my platinum wedding ring next to the ering, the contrast in colors is much more obvious to me than when I wear my rose gold ring next to it. 

Post # 12
6433 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think rose gold will hide a slightly warm stone but it doesn’t go the other way – it won’t “turn” a bright white stone warm.

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