Yellow Gold and its History in Jewellery and Engagement Rings

Created: June 15, 2021

Yellow Gold and its History in Jewellery and Engagement Rings

Yellow Gold is one of our most in demand metal types when it comes to buying an engagement ring and has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The warm tones of this metal are making a comeback in a big way, read on for our breakdown of the history of yellow gold, its use in jewellery and some of our favourite picks for yellow gold moissanite engagement rings.

18k Yellow Gold Engagement Rings Lily Arkwright

Photo Reference: Lulu Oval/ Elongated Cushion/ Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Featured in jewellery since the dawn of civilisation, and worn by pharaohs, emperors, and royalty the world over; gold has forever been a marker of wealth and status. As this particular precious metal can be found on every continent, it features in the majority of cultures as a prized possession. In fact, gold is what gave rise to the concept of money itself, when gold ingots/ coins were first used as an exchange rather than a direct swapping of goods, even the stock market today relies on gold as a stable measure of wealth.


Sena 18k Yellow Gold Moissanite Earrings Lily Arkwright


Many of the collections of jewellery we have at Lily Arkwright are available in this gorgeous precious metal, including the vast majority of our moissanite engagement rings, pendants and moissanite earrings. We offer gold not only in a variety of shades but also in different karats, from 18k to 9k. The reason that 24k is not used in any of our jewellery is that pure gold is not particularly well suited for durability. By alloying our gold with other metals your ring, necklace, or pendant is much better suited to general wear. For example 18k is made up of around 75% pure gold, and designed to last a lifetime.

All of our jewellery comes with a 12 month warranty, and a 30 day returns policy*. In addition to this we also have free and insured global shipping as well as being globally partnered with PayPal and Klarna, which starts at 0% interest.  


British Hallmarking

Hallmarking is a centuries old practice in the UK and is the process of engraving a piece of metal with a symbol that represents a specific piece of information. All jewellery that is sold and claims to be made up from a precious metal must be hallmarked, and is done so through a separate third party Assay Office. As Assay Assured retailers, all our customers can rest assured that our jewellery has been audited and tested to provide outstanding quality jewellery that is true to description.


Clarabella 18k Yellow Gold Moissanite Pendant Necklace


Specifically for online jewellery retailers, the Assay Assured trust mark is the only trust mark that enables consumers to reduce their risks of encountering counterfeit and fake jewellery when buying online and allowing high quality online jewellers, such as ourselves, to promote our good practice.


White and Rose Gold

Coco 18k Rose Gold Moissanite Engagement Ring


As well as our 18k yellow gold options, we also offer 18k and 9k white and rose gold. White gold is one of the most classic choices whilst rose gold is great for those wanting something just a little bit different, but both make for beautiful pieces of jewellery. The colour of each is due to the quantities of other metals they have been alloyed with, for instance rose gold gets its pink hues from the small amount of copper added to its makeup. We are renowned purveyors of amazing British Craftsmanship and members of the National Association of Jewellers. The NAJ is a cross-country selection of the highest quality brands in the jewellery industry, all of which comply with their stringent standards and are independently verified.  


Some Examples of our Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

From the wide selection of yellow gold rings we have at Lily Arkwright, we thought we’d pick out some of our most popular designs, so you can see what all the fuss is about!


Lillie 18k Yellow Gold Moissanite Engagement Ring


The yellow gold moissanite Lillie ring is one of our most beloved rings, and with its petite band that measures only 1.70mm across its not difficult to know why. This dainty ring is the picture of delicate and fine jewellery, and has a gorgeous six prong petite tiffany-style mount. With its knife-edge band, the central gemstone appears set further away from the finger than it really is and makes the most amount your chosen gemstone carat size. Set in yellow gold this ring makes for a wonderful moissanite or lab diamond engagement ring.


Moissanite Trilogy Engagement Ring Lily Arkwright


Another of our yellow gold rings is the Lovetta trilogy ring which features a brilliant round centre gemstone and two baguette cut side stones. Very much in fashion, this ring is similar in style to a number of celebrity engagement rings of the last year. With a detailed gallery and secure four prong mount the Lovetta is a chic choice which, especially in yellow gold, offers a contemporary spin on a vintage style.


Eden 18k Yellow Gold Moissanite Ring


The Eden is a completely stunning shoulder-set solitaire, and the yellow gold evokes its ethereal nature even further. The twisted band is set with alternating rows of conflict-free diamonds, all of which twirl up towards the centre stone. With a chosen brilliant round cut moissanite centre, this ring is an elegant twist on a classical solitaire. When considering the Eden, it's always a good idea to check out our matching wedding band, the Ivy, which also has an entwining band and is the perfect complement.  


Moissanite Lulu 18k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring


Finally the Lulu in yellow gold is an absolutely spectacular option. A solitaire that can be set with a full range of different stone cut shapes, this ring has a micro petite plain band measuring just 1.65mm across. With a simple and effortless look, the Lulu is a versatile and elegant choice.

Make sure to check out this Hitched article on the 30 best moissanite engagement rings which features some of our beautiful yellow gold pieces!


Why a Two Tone Yellow Gold Ring?

Jasmine Two Tone Moissanite Engagement Ring

Two tone rings are when the mount and prong, which hold the centre stone, are a different metal to the band. Not only looking gorgeous, this technique also has a purpose. When placed next to a white gemstone such as a moissanite or lab grown diamond, yellow gold can sometimes bring out the yellow tones present in a gem, but by having a platinum or white gold mount, the moissanite or diamond appears bright white.

Having said this, our collection of moissanite gemstones from Charles & Colvard Forever One only come in D-F and I-G and Lily Arkwright Moissanite in D-F, meaning that all our moissanite is in the exceptional colour range. Whether you choose two-tone, or to have a completely yellow gold ring, the result is truly stunning.


Yellow Gold Wedding Bands

18k Yellow Gold Wedding Band

An obvious choice and certainly the most classical, the yellow gold wedding band is the traditional option. We offer yellow gold wedding bands for both women and men, and in a variety of shapes and widths. Take a look at our wedding band collection here.


Celebrity Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Yellow gold has made a comeback in a big way since the 2000’s and is now the metal of choice for a huge number of couples. As the band of choice for an increasing number of celebrities as well, gold was the preference for Emma Stone, Lily Collins, as well as royalty Meghan Markle.

For example, Emily Ratajkowski’s ring has a unique dual stone centrepiece, featuring a pear cut diamond in addition to the princess cut diamond it sits next to, all sat on top of a beautiful yellow gold band.


Emily Ratajkowski Engagement Ring

Photo Reference: @emrata on Instagram


Emma Stone’s ring also has a lovely yellow gold ring which features a pearl as its centre stone.


Emma Stone Pearl Engagement Ring Instagram

Photo Reference: @davemccary on Instagram


Both Meghan Markle and Lily Collins have trilogy rings, with the latter having two side stones of baguette cut diamonds, very much like the Lovetta ring in our collection mentioned earlier.


Emily Collins Engagement Ring Lily Arkwright

Photo Reference: @Charliemcdowell on Instagram

Yellow Gold as a Vintage Ring Classic

Gold is known to be a more vintage inspired metal choice, as after a wane in popularity in the 1990’s and 2000’s, this gorgeous metal is finally back in. Pairing perfectly with coloured gemstones such as sapphire, emerald and ruby, any ring that includes gold is instantly reminiscent of the elegant style of the last century.

Have a look at our moissanite rings and wedding bands featured on the Love My Dress website as part of a wedding photoshoot for Claire Do Monte Weddings. Full of wedding inspiration for that perfect day!


Yellow Gold Lab Grown Ruby Engagement Riing Giselle Lily Arkwright


Have a look at our entire yellow gold moissanite engagement ring collection here, and that if you have any queries at all to contact are amazing 5* service Jewellery Consultants, either via our website, email or phone.

Book an appointment today for an in person showroom appointment to see our rings in person, or alternatively book a virtual WhatApp appointment, available for those who can’t make it in.

We hope you’ve found our article on gold and its use in engagement rings helpful! Have a look at some of our other blog posts for more information about all our collections.  


Why Lily Arkwright?

We pride ourselves on our ability to produce stunning ethical and sustainable fine jewellery at an amazing price point, supported by unrivalled customer service. We offer the highest quality moissanite engagement rings, lab grown diamond engagement rings and coloured gemstones. Make sure to also check out our collections of moissanite earrings and pendants as well, for a gorgeous bridal set.

Lily Arkwright are proud Assay Assured jewellery retailers and committed members of the National Association of Jewellers based on honesty, integrity and professionalism. All precious metal jewellery offered by Assay Assured jewellery retailers carries the legally-required independent hallmark verifying the precious metal content, a protection over and above legal requirements. Read our glowing customer reviews on Trust Pilot.

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