At VRAI, gold is offered in three colors: rose, yellow, and white. Colored gold is a combination of pure gold and alloys, because in pure form (24k), gold is an orange-yellow color and is too soft to work with in jewelry.
With the addition of alloys, the harsh orange color is softened and the material becomes more structurally sound and capable of retaining shape. Alloys give rose gold its warm, blush toned hue, allow yellow gold to retain a variation of its “true” gold color, and can cool down white gold to shine through in its silver essence. For diamond pieces like engagement rings, the color of your gold will affect your diamond’s hue, since light bounces off the the metal to reflect on your diamond.
A mix of pure gold and copper gives rose gold it’s pink finish and ethereal nature. Often deemed romantic and feminine, Rose Gold is currently considered the trendiest option but we believe it will never go out of style. It ages gracefully and will continue to be a subtle daily reminder of this time period which is a beautiful gesture on it’s own.
Yellow gold combines pure gold, fine silver, and copper, resulting in a rich and warm golden hue. If you choose yellow gold, you can more easily justify selecting a diamond with a lower color grade as the yellow gold setting will offset the added warmth of the diamonds giving you more flexibility within your budget– we recommend diamonds between G-I in color. Yellow gold is our most popular and classic color choice as it has stood the test of time.
To achieve its white color, pure gold is often mixed with zinc, palladium, or nickel alloys. White gold rings are also dipped in rhodium, giving them a brilliant, chrome-like color, while also protecting them from scratching. However, to maintain this white luster, white gold should be “re-dipped” every few years– a simple and affordable upkeep. White gold’s bright white color can emphasize yellow coloring within the diamond so we recommend selecting a diamond that is H+ on the color scale.