History of yellow gold engagement rings
Yellow gold rings have been around for just as long as the engagement tradition itself. For millennia, the circular symbols of unending love, faith and commitment have been gifted to lovers as an intent to marry. And with gold being one of the oldest and readily available metal types commonly used in jewellery and heirlooms, it made for an obvious choice.
Over the many years, the style of these gold rings have changed. In Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, gold signet rings with symbolic engravings were most common, while in the Medieval Ages, decorated gold bands were exchanged. Diamonds were introduced to engagement rings in the 1440s, with Archduke Maximillian of Austria’s diamond ring with gold band, commissioned for Mary of Burgundy, believed to be one of the first to spark the trend.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the reign of gold engagement rings ended, as platinum and white gold styles began to be favoured due to their ability to accentuate the white of a diamond. However, in more recent years, gold rings have become desirable once again, particularly for those looking for something that looks a little more classic or vintage inspired.
Types of yellow gold engagement rings
Today, gold rings are available in a variety of styles, including simple bands, diamond designs and even options with precious gemstones. Therefore, it’s possible to make a gold ring your own by choosing a design that is meaningful to your partner or relationship, while keeping its history and existing symbolism.
You can choose a gold band ring that features a gemstone that represents your birth month or simply a favourite colour. Diamond rings with gold bands are timeless, combining the style and glamour of a sparkly stone with the classic charm of the metal.
There are countless possibilities for personalising a yellow gold and diamond engagement ring, too, particularly with its cut, size and setting. You can opt for a diamond cut that you already know your partner will love, or one that is durable enough to withstand their lifestyle. For an idea of the options available at Paul Sheeran Jewellers, have a browse through the below:
- Marquise solitaire 4 claw plain band 18ct yellow gold engagement ring
- Three stone round brilliant plain band 18ct yellow gold engagement ring
- Emerald cut diamond halo 18ct yellow gold engagement ring
- Pear cut diamond halo plain band 18ct yellow gold engagement ring
- Round three stone with tapered baguettes 18ct yellow gold engagement ring
Caring for a yellow gold engagement ring
Yellow gold can be susceptible to scratches and tarnishing over time so they need to be cared for properly to keep them looking their best. It is always recommended that yellow gold engagement rings are removed before handling any harsh chemicals or undertaking any strenuous tasks with your hands as this will help avoid damage beyond usual wear and tear.
In order for rings to remain in the best possible condition, they should be taken to a jeweller to be professionally cleaned to prevent any accidental damage through use of the wrong products or tools. It is also important that rings with diamonds or gemstones are serviced by an expert, as they will be able to examine the details more closely to see if everything is as it should be.
For more information on our yellow gold engagement ring collection, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.