Tiffany 18k gold too yellow?

posted 2 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
2688 posts
Sugar bee

I can’t speak to Tiffany’s alloys specifically, but in general 18k yellow gold will look significantly yellower than 14k, so if that’s not the aesthetic you’re going for, there is no reason to choose 18k. 14k is also a bit stronger since it’s alloyed with a greater percentage of harder metals, and that’s why it’s become the standard for most gold jewelry. If you’re fairly certain you’ll prefer a 14k setting and you can’t get it at Tiffany’s, have you considered trying another retailer or having a ring custom made? If you’re really set on Tiffany’s and 14k, you will have to decide whether to prioritize the brand name or the specifications you want. 

Post # 3
274 posts
Helper bee

Tiffany does not make 14k and yes, it is very yellow but classic.

Post # 4
1315 posts
Bumble bee

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kieferzz :  

My question to you ladies who have Tiffany yellow gold jewelry is it noticeably more yellow than 14k? 

I can’t say because I wouldn’t know 14k vs 18k fold if they walked up & bit me in the face, I’ve never compared them & I’m not a jewelry person.  My Tiffany gold ring is definitely yellow gold.  I do tend to prefer very gold-gold in what little jewelry I wear.  

Do you find the 18k gold to scratch super easy? 

No.  I can’t see visible scratches on it.  After a cleaning my ring looks just like the day I got it in my eyes.  And that’s just basic home cleaning.  I’ve only had Tiffany do it once in the 6 years I’ve had it and I do live near a store.

I really like the color of my ring & how it looks on my skin tone.  Now I’m curious how 14k would look on me. FWIW people often compliment my ring, and the color of the gold specifically.

ETA: I just googled 14k & 18k images and I definitely have a preference for the deeper 18k color.  If I disliked that color then I’d go somewhere else so I could get 14k.  But if it was just a matter of scratching/durability then I’d stick with 18k Tiffany since that’s what you wanted.  

Post # 5
92 posts
Worker bee

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kieferzz :  Hi! So I don’t own a Tiffany & Co. 18k but I have one of their antique/vintage 22k rings and it is definitely yellower than any of my other rings. That being said I don’t think it it’s super noticeable unless you’re actively looking for the color difference (and I wear it stacked with other yellow gold non-Tiffany rings). For reference, from left to right (14k, 18k, and 22k Tiffany). 

Post # 6
2879 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think Tiffany does 14 kt (at least not in rings), but I don’t keep up with their current stock.

My ring is 18 kt YG (not Tiffany, though) and I haven’t had any issues with scratches.  I tend to be fairly gentle on my jewelry, but have never had a problem with 18 kt getting scratched up badly.  If I dig out my loupe I can see some tiny little microscratches on the bottom of the shank, but they’re not easily visible to the naked eye.

I’ll also say that while 18 kt yellow goldis more visibly yellow than 14 kt, I don’t think most people can tell the difference unless they’re looking at the 2 side by side.  (A jeweler probably could, but your average person? Probably not.)

Post # 7
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I just have to disagree with a PP. A lot of jewelry is made of lower karat gold due to cost, but the standard for fine jewelry has always been 18K or higher. 18K is not too soft for daily wear and is perfectly safe for holding stones. Having less gold in jewelry (58.3% in 14K vs 75% in 18K) has never been more desirable.

However, I do not find Tiffany 18K to be significantly more yellow than non branded 18K, and in practice, very few people would notice the color difference. With two wide bands right next to each other, perhaps, but most people still wouldn’t notice it unless they really looked. I think you will be fine with a TIffany 18K ring to go with a 14K engagement ring.

Post # 8
5135 posts
Bee Keeper

The best designers including Tiffany, Cartier, and VanCleef & Arpels use only 18kt gold, they won’t work with 14kt. Believe me, it looks good, whether it’s in a ring, necklace or bracelet. 18kt gold has a richer look, but it’s not vastly different from 14kt. 

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