Difference between Yellow Gold, White Gold, and Rose Gold?

Difference between Yellow Gold, White Gold, and Rose Gold?

Gold being a precious metal has been in various uses for many years due to its attributes such as quality, richness, and elegance. Different shades of gold are found within the jewellery market with each shade having various attributes that set it apart from the others. The most commonly used one is yellow gold followed by white gold and then pink or rose gold with each having qualities and appearance of its own.

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In this ultimate guide, you will find the similarities and differences between these three types of gold so that you can choose the best type of jewellery.

1. Yellow Gold

Composition and Characteristics

Yellow gold is the purest form of this precious metal utilized in jewellery production. This is because it can have a higher percentage of actual gold in it. This piece is naturally beautiful and carries the warm hue that is popular and will remain so for years.

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24-karat gold must be alloyed with other metals like copper for it to become hard since it cannot withstand day-to-day use.

22K Yellow Gold: Holds 91.6% gold and 8.4% alloyed metals.

14K Yellow Gold: Holds 58.3% gold and 41. 7% alloyed metals.

18K Yellow Gold: GOLD: contains 75% gold while the remaining 25% are alloyed metals.

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Pros and Cons


Classic Look: Yellow gold is the most classic option among all the options available in the market.

Hypoallergenic: Generally more isoallergenic than other gold types.

Easy Maintenance: Of lesser susceptibility to rust as well as easier to shine.


Softness: Although, even when mixed, yellow gold is more pliable than white gold and may change form due to scratching or dents.

Color Variation: The natural coloration in manufacturers is yellow which some people may find unattractive.

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 2. White Gold

White Gold Radiant Reflections RingWhite Gold Radiant Reflections Ring 

Composition and Characteristics

They are produced by adding one or more white metals to pure gold, which can include palladium, silver, and nickel among others. It is then has been often plated with rhodium to make it shinier and more resistant, consequently, it has a shiny silvery look.

14K White Gold: Contains 51-58. 3% gold and 41. 7% white metals.

18K White Gold: Biseman is made from a combination of 75% gold and 25% white metals.

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Pros and Cons


Modern Aesthetic: White gold is already closely resembling a modern look, which would be very cool to some people.

Durability: White gold therefore contains additional metals, which are alloyed with the gold and coated with rhodium to cause it to be hard and anti-scratch.

Versatile: The white finish enhances the look of both gemstones and the other metals associated with them, which makes it perfect for engagement rings and other forms of fine jewellery.


Maintenance: It also must be remembered that due to normal wearing and tear the rhodium plating will appear worn and need to be re-coated occasionally.

Allergic Reactions: The red dye may eventually wear off from the wedding ring leaving it in its original white color but some people have a nickel allergy.

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3. Rose Gold

Rose Gold Wrapped Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Wrapped Diamond Ring 

Composition and Characteristics

Rose gold is made from a blend of pure gold with a copper material which causes the gold to obtain the characteristic pink-red color. The density is what influences the degree of copper – more copper is going to give a redder cast to the glass.

14K Rose Gold: It contains 58. 3% gold and contains a minimum of 7% copper (and, in some cases, a little added silver).

18K Rose Gold: They include seventy-five percent gold and an equal twenty-five percent copper.

Pros and Cons


Unique Color: This look makes the Rosé Gold stand out among the other metals due to the warm, romantic tone of the color.

Durability: Rose gold contains copper while yellow gold only has gold and a small amount of copper is way more effective and long-lasting as compared to yellow gold.

Hypoallergenic: Nonallergenic by nature and hence appropriate for use on sensitive skin.


Limited Availability: More difficult to find than yellow and white gold and not as common.

Color Preferences: Personally, the pinkish tinge might not be very likable by most especially when used in clothing and other fabrics.

Choosing the Right Gold for You

When deciding between yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold, consider the following factors:

Personal Style

Establish the kind of personality that suits your brand as well as the goals and objectives you want to achieve. Yellow gold is traditional and is associated with tradition, white gold is contemporary and its appearance is smooth and pure while rose gold has a distinctive character and is often related to romance.

Skin Tone

18K Gold Shining Miracle Ring 

18K Gold Shining Miracle Ring

When it comes to warm skin tone, yellow gold looks great while cool-tone skin will look good in white gold, rose gold is good for any type of skin tone since this shade has a hint of pink.


The two most durable are white gold with rhodium plating, and rose gold is good too. The problem with yellow gold is that is pretty but less durable, and prone to scratch easily.


Gold Radiance Diamond Earrings

Gold Radiance Diamond Earrings 

Whenever anyone builds a house, they should determine how much work they are willing to do in maintaining the house. Similarly, White gold jewellery also needs to be re-plated after some time, unlike yellow or rose gold.


For those who suffer from skin problems or reactions to certain metal types, it is best to go for yellow gold metal jewellery or choose white or rose gold of low nickel alloy content.

Explore GIVA’s Yellow, White & Rose Gold Jewellery Collection

This is the reason why many people opt to buy items that are made of yellow gold, white gold and the newly introduced rose gold. With this in mind regarding the composition, look and how these gold types are preserved, GIVA helps you to be in a position to make the right choice on the type of gold you would like to include in your jewellery collection. It can be a simple band with a timeless yellow gold the trendier white gold or even the romantically rosy gold, GIVA has the ideal piece for you. Gold is beautiful and practical—allow it to be the accessory you incorporate into your fashion.
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