Best Diamond Color For Yellow Gold Ring

Choosing an engagement ring is a difficult matter. Besides the woman’s taste and the price, there is a lot to consider when choosing the ring and when choosing the diamond. One of the first questions you ask yourself is what material the ring should be made of, as the material makes up a large part of the overall impression. In the following article, I would like to explain the basics of buying diamonds. Then I will help you to choose the right diamond color if you should choose a yellow-gold ring, as well as present you with a modern and increasingly popular alternative to it, namely a platinum gold ring.

The 4C’s of diamonds

I can remember well how complicated the first purchase of diamonds was for me. I read something about carat, about diamond color and cut and was overwhelmed, because I only wanted to buy a beautiful ring for my girlfriend. You’ve probably read up on diamonds, but let’s still start at the beginning, so you won’t get confused. The four most important terms you need to know when buying a diamond are the 4 C’s, which stand for cut, color, clarity and carat. The first three should be intuitively understandable, carat stands for the weight of the diamond. But you will learn in the following article and on this site that you should not pay attention to any of the 4 C’s separately because they are always interdependent and you can make much more out of your money with a few tricks and the right combination.

Probably you have landed on my side because you are wondering which diamond color is the best for your ring. But what does the seller mean by the color of the diamond? To determine the value of diamonds, they are divided into different color categories. The categories range from D to Z, where D is the most expensive category and Z the cheapest. Diamonds in category D are whitish or appear colorless, whereas diamonds in category Z have a clear yellow tinge and are therefore less valuable. Which diamond you choose depends on your budget, but also on what material the ring is made of. Moreover, the price of diamonds per category does not increase linearly but exponentially, since D diamonds are very rare and therefore very expensive. Now let’s see how you can use the material of the ring to save on the diamond color.

Yellow gold rings

Yellow Gold RingsA beautiful and classic variation for an engagement ring is to choose a yellow gold ring. Interestingly, however, many people spend too much money on the color of the diamond when they buy a yellow gold ring. To avoid this, you should not buy a diamond that is in a more expensive category than G or H. The reason for this is simple: diamonds pick up the color of their surroundings by reflecting light. A colorless diamond, for example one of the expensive category D, will pick up the yellow gold of the ring very clearly and reflect it. The color of the diamond will change to a yellowish tone, which is similar to the original color of a category H diamond. This means that the visible difference of the diamonds will be very small and you can save a lot of money if you save on the color category of the diamond when choosing a yellow gold ring. In my opinion, a K or even L diamond is definitely sufficient if you choose a yellow gold ring. If you have more money available, I would rather spend it on more carat or the right cut, but I will come back to that at the end of the article.

The best cut for yellow golden diamonds

It is also important to consider a few things when choosing the cut. If you choose a yellow gold ring as the basis for your engagement ring, it will radiate more warmth than a silver ring, for example. Therefore, round cuts are a good choice, which supports the warmth of the yellow gold ring. In this case the choice of a round cut is even twice as good, because different cuts will bring out the color of the diamonds differently. A round cut is known to emphasize the color of the diamond rather little. So, if you choose a round cut for a yellow gold ring, you can use a diamond of the color category K or L without any worries. If you choose Emerald, Princess, or Asscher-Cut, then you should look for diamonds in category J and above because they bring out the color more.

Best Alternative To Yellow Gold Ring

Silver Engagement RingIn addition to the classic variation of a golden ring, there is also the beautiful variation of a platinum engagement ring to choose from. A platinum ring is on the one hand modern and on the other hand something special, because platinum looks quite exquisite. For the choice of your diamond color it makes a big difference whether you choose a yellow gold ring or a platinum ring. The reason for this is again the high reflexivity of diamonds. Unlike the yellow gold diamond ring, where you can easily choose a diamond of a lower color category such as J, K or even L, with a ring as platinum you have to choose a diamond of a higher color category. Here the money is well invested when you choose a diamond of category G, H, I or even F. The reason for this is that the bright, silver or platinum with the cold, colorless white of a diamond of the better color categories looks very noble, while a slight yellow tinge would be unfitting.

The best cut for platinum rings

While yellow golden rings radiate a certain warmth, platinum rings have an elegant and proud style. Here too, the right cut can on the one hand highlight the diamond and on the other hand emphasize the overall appearance of the ring. Since you should choose a diamond of a high color category for a platinum ring, you can choose one regardless of how it hides the color of the diamond. On the contrary, cuts that bring out the color of the diamond are ideal. Especially the Asscher-Cut is very popular in combination with a platinum ring, because the ring keeps its charisma. But also, an emerald cut looks much better on a platinum ring than on a yellow gold diamond ring. My choice here would definitely be an Asscher cut in combination with a diamond of color category F. Whether you choose a solitaire ring or attach several diamonds to the ring is your choice, but in my opinion platinum rings look better as solitaire rings.

Solitaire ring or several diamonds?

Again, your choice depends heavily on your budget, but keep the following in mind. If you decide against a solitaire ring, then make sure that regardless of whether you choose a yellow gold ring or a platinum ring, the central diamond should be the most colorless and the one with the highest carat. A 1.5 carat diamond of category E or F, can be perfectly combined with two 0.8-0.9 carat diamonds of category J or K. However, if a J diamond is mounted in the middle, accompanied by two E diamonds, its yellowish shimmer will be much more visible.

Color of the prongs

Guy Proposing To His GirlfriendThe same applies to the color of the prongs as to the material of the ring, as they will also be visible through the diamond. If you choose a yellow gold ring, your choice of prongs should also be gold. If you choose platinum as the material for your ring, then you can use white or metal prongs to highlight the diamond, as they will emphasize the diamond. However, the color of the prongs and that of the material should be similar so that the diamond can develop its full beauty. Another beautiful cut, which fits for platinum rings much better than for gold rings is the Cushion cut. The special feature of the Cushion Cut is that the diamond can also be held by golden prongs due to its cut. Normally I recommend to use the same material, but with a cushion-cut of an F diamond for example, I find the combination with golden prongs very successful.


In summary, when choosing the diamond color, you should pay attention to the material of the ring to invest your money properly. This will allow you to put more money into the size of the diamond. Also the material of the prongs plays a role, which should match the ring on the one hand and the diamond on the other hand. While with yellow gold rings you can save on the color quality of the diamond and make a good choice with an L diamond, with a platinum ring you should go for an E of the F diamonds. If you follow this advice, you cannot go wrong in your search for the perfect engagement ring.