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The Different Shades Of Gold

15 November, 2022

15 November, 2022

When we talk about gold, one of the most ignored aspects is the gold colour. The majority of our gold purchases are done in yellow gold, the stunning default shade of gold. 

But did you know that there is more than one shade of gold?

There are more than ten shades but the most popular ones are white gold and rose gold. They have been the centre of attraction for many shoppers. They are a fun way of adding colour to the jewellery subtly.

Many shoppers are interestingly venturing out to the other shades of gold that complements their skin tone besides yellow gold. Gold jewellery in any shades besides yellow is also original and not considered fake in any regards.

It’s interesting how gold gets its colour. 24K gold is malleable and can be moulded with bare hands. Thus, it is mixed with alloys to make it durable to be converted into jewellery. A slight variation in the alloys used helps gold get its white or rose gold hue.

Let’s go through each shade of gold and learn a little bit more about them before shopping -


Yellow Gold


The default shade of gold - yellow gold. Being the regular shade, it goes without saying that it is the most popular shade. This shade is also referred to as the golden colour.

As said earlier, gold is mixed with alloys to make it durable. Daily wear gold jewellery is usually made in 22K while studded gold jewellery should be bought in at least 18K. Anything higher than this will make the prongs quite delicate and unsuitable for holding your precious diamonds and stones in place

Gold jewellery has been worn by both men and women thousands of years ago. In fact, archeologists have found a pearl gold earring that dates back almost four thousand years in Bahrain.


White Gold


One of the most popular metals for engagement rings - white gold. When palladium and silver are mixed with yellow gold, white gold is formed. They compliment diamonds beautifully and are often the first choice to go with them.

Sometimes, white gold jewellery is additionally coated with Rhodium. This enhances the colour of the jewellery, but also fades with time. That’s why the jewellery shows a yellow tinge after some time. Make sure you get your white gold jewellery touched up from time to time to avoid the multi colour hue.

White gold should be bought in 18K purity so that the design is durable. Avoid purchasing white gold in higher purities, irrespective of how lucrative the design or deal is. White gold has also gained its popularity because it looks like platinum but is cheap.


Rose Gold/Pink Gold


The element responsible for the blushing rose/pink gold is copper. As the name says, rose gold does have a gorgeous pink shade that makes for a perfect gift for your special someone. We bet your significant other would love a promise ring or engagement ring in pink gold.

This shade of gold was first used in the early 19th century by Carl Faberge to make the Faberge eggs. Since this happened in Russia, the rose gold is infamously known as Russian gold as well. Later on, the rose gold garnered a lot of attention in the 1920s in the USA where people preferred it over white gold in rings.

The only thing you should keep in mind while buying rose gold is that it should never be bought in any purity higher than 18K. If rose gold is made in 20K, 21K or 22K - the gold remains very soft and jewellery can get deformed under slight pressure.

This blog is a part of our ongoing gold series wherein we are tackling every aspect of gold jewellery shopping and education.

If you have any queries or suggestions, you may drop them in the comments below.

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