Gold engagement rings, gold promise rings, eternity rings, a diamond wedding band, a diamond solitaire ring, wedding rings for men or complete sets of wedding jewellery…whatever you search for in GOLD or white gold settings, with or without precious gemstones, that’s what the Gold Rings Buying Guide is all about. If you’re about to select a special piece of jewelry, you’ll need to know something about precious metals, the terms used to describe jewelry and rings, the grades, categories and the cuts of gemstones and the settings that you can choose from.
Selecting an engagement ring or wedding ring or even men’s gold rings can be a confusing and even frustrating undertaking because gold rings may be a once in a lifetime sentimental purchase. An engagement ring or a wedding ring (or other similar jewelry such as a promise ring or an eternity ring) may be required at exactly the moment when you have the least time to do research, when other romantic plans and life altering decisions occupy your thoughts. That is why we have created a simple guide to clarify jewellery terms and buying options so you can spend YOUR time on what’s really important – that special someone you love.
Gold Cubic Zirconia Rings and Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings
Also known as cz rings, gold cz rings and categorized under cz jewelry – These rings primarily come in settings of 14k gold and white gold. Cubic zirconias are diamond substitutes that have varying degrees of quality, but the best will be AAAA. Fake cz diamonds are of much higher quality than they were years ago and are a good choice for inexpensive wedding ring sets and engagement rings. You can often afford a larger stone in a better quality gold setting than if you were to go with genuine diamonds.
Avoid gold bathed or gold platted rings that are very cheap because the gold plating will wear off quickly if the rings are worn every day. Also avoid cz jewelry that is of less than AAAA quality because the lower quality stones will become dull and scratched quickly. The price range for a good quality cubic zirconia engagement ring or wedding ring will start at about $50 and go up to about $200. Custom cz jewelry can be made by most designers but will cost double or more.
For wedding jewelry, I would avoid the ultra cheap jewelry outlets that offer gold rings for under $20, and I would also avoid discount jewelry centers that claim rings used to be thousands of dollars but are now only $19.99. There are however quality gold jewelry wholesale outlets that offer wholesale gold ring prices. You can tell the difference because the prices will be set without a lot of slashed pricing hype.
To select the cut and shape of the Cubic Zirconia for your ring, follow the same cutting standards as you would for diamonds:
- Heart – the heart cut diamond is one of the most difficult and the most brilliant. A properly cut heart rings will be apparent if you just check that the shape is exactly the same in length as it is in width.
- Marquise – This is a diamond or cz cut that is very brilliant because of the tapered points that remain. It is important that the gemstone be cut using the proper length-width ratio to achieve ultimate sparkle.
- Radiant – this cut is one of the most popular because it has 70 facets and makes for a unique shape without losing the traditional sparkling diamond appeal.
- Oval – is a cut requested by many celebrities in three-stone settings. The oval is usually the center stone. This is seldom a cut used for solitaire engagement rings, but is most commonly paired with two other smaller diamonds or cz stones on either side.
- Pear – this cut is a blend of two other cuts, the marquise and the oval, and is very elegant albeit not traditional.
- Cushion –this cut is most commonly used for traditional diamond cluster settings for engagement and wedding ring sets. This cut can be expensive if used on a genuine diamond due to the amount of wasted diamond, but is very popular with cubic zirconia due to their affordability.
- Emerald – the emerald-cut diamond or cz will be a square or rectangular shape and is often not selected because it is the least brilliant cut for stones in general. Although the emerald cut is not the most popular, it can be chosen for unique custom creations and is better suited for cz diamonds because they are naturally more brilliant than genuine gemstones.
- Asscher – this cut is similar to the emerald which can be square or rectangular and has recently been used in celebrity ring creations and even art deco designs.
- Round Brilliant – this cut offers high brilliance with 58 facets and is perfect for solitaire engagement ring styles.
- Princess – is shaped like a pyramid, so is pointed on top and flat on the underside. Although this cut is very glitzy it is best used in a fake diamond setting because much of the diamond gets hidden in the flat underside of the setting. It is a waste of a genuine diamond, but very common for cz rings.
Gold Promise Rings
Promise rings are unique in that they need not be a specific design or color or metal or gemstone. However, a white gold promise ring is the most common because gold is traditionally for marriage and engagement and often a promise ring is for pre-engagement or for other types of friendship-based, secular or even religious promises.
Some of the most unique styles of rings are the Celtic knots and braided or etched rope designs. There are also very unique and historic puzzle rings or the gorgeous Irish Claddagh rings (which traditionally are made of gold), now available in sterling silver settings and white gold. Some people are selecting personalized jewelry in ruby rings, or styles that incorporate the unusual chocolate diamonds set into 14K or 18K gold, or blue-purple tanzanite rings, or emerald rings and even pearl rings with small cz diamonds around the central pearl. For a promise ring to be successful it need not be made of gold or contain diamonds, it can even be a birthstone ring or an exclusive custom creation made specifically for two.
Gold Eternity Rings
An eternity ring is another anomaly because it doesn’t have a specific designated purpose and so it may double as a wedding band, a promise ring or even an engagement ring. What is special about eternity rings in general is that they are encircled by diamonds or gemstones all around – that is, in a full eternity rings, or with a few diamonds of equal size half-way around a band, which is then termed a half eternity ring. They are most commonly made of gold and diamonds or cubic zirconia; however they are often intermixed with other gemstones, so long as the stones are all of the same size and cut.
Options to consider are emerald and ruby eternity rings, which blend cz gemstones or genuine diamonds and rubies or emeralds, alternating the stones for a subtle bit of color. There are also some beautiful tanzanite eternity rings that use only one color stone –tanzanite which is a very rare purple-violet-Prussian-blue stone from East Africa.
White Gold Rings vs. Sterling Silver Rings
Many couples are choosing a white gold engagement ring setting over yellow gold engagement rings because women often tend to wear more white-tone jewelry than gold these days. That makes the choice rest between white gold rings and sterling silver and the best choice will depend almost entirely on your budget.
Sterling silver is simply cheaper. However silver tends to tarnish over time and requires more care and polishing, so if possible, for wedding jewelry, it is advisable to select white gold if the budget allows. Another great option is platinum, but it’s very expensive and the next best choice would be titanium – as long as its aerospace grade titanium alloy (which is also often less expensive than white gold.)
Gold Engagement Rings
A gold engagement ring is the traditional western ring, often a diamond solitaire ring, (or a one of the many cubic zirconia engagement rings that have now been set into gold bands), which are given to a woman upon accepting a man’s marriage proposal. Gold Rings with lab created cubic zirconia can have the traditional cluster diamonds or a single large solitaire and be very difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
What’s good about a gold engagement ring that uses cz instead of diamonds is that you may be able to afford a larger zirconia than if it were a genuine diamond. A classic yellow gold band with a large CZ solitaire is affordable and there some fantastic two-tone gold settings that can cost as little $100. And it’s real gold not just bathed or plated.
Another great thing about a gold engagement ring that has cz instead of diamonds is that friends or family will not immediately notice that your engagement ring is a cubic zirconia and not a diamond. Although there are differences, an untrained eye will probably not notice them without being told. Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks that pertain to selecting a gold engagement ring with zirconia: Cubic zirconia are more prismatic and therefore sparkle more. Regarding hardness, based on the mohs scale, a diamond is a 10, a cubic zirconia is an 8, although zirconia are nearly twice as heavy. Cz’s are flawless an totally transparent and flawless whereas diamonds have imperfections and a bit of natural color.
White Gold Engagement Rings (and colored gold rings)
These less traditional setting have increased in popularity not because the settings are less expensive but merely by personal choice. They are better quality than sterling silver rings and do not usually tarnish so easily. The interesting thing about gold that it is not pure 100% pure gold even if it’s yellow, so what constitutes white gold and other slightly colored gold metals used in jewelry is merely different combinations of alloys.
White gold is an alloy of gold mixed with nickel or palladium, although in wedding bands nickel is the most common alloy because it is hard but palladium alloys being soft are best for use with ring and gemstone settings. White gold jewelry is also mixed with copper, platinum and sometimes silver, but almost ALL white gold is rhodium-plated to maintain a white appearance that would not occur if the metals were mixed naturally. Rhodium hides the brownish or grayish tones of the other metals so the jewelry appears to be true white.
Rhodium-plated white gold wedding rings are good for strength and durability but may cause an allergic reaction. This is caused by a reaction to nickel (not gold) that some people have. If the alloy is not nickel then it is less likely to produce skin irritations. If you are prone to allergies, or the person who will wear the white gold ring has sensitive skin and has been known to not tolerate cheap earrings for example, then it would be advisable not to select a nickel alloyed white gold option for an engagement or wedding ring.
An alternative to white or yellow gold may be a rose gold ring, which is gold blended with a copper alloy to produce a slightly pinkish tone. It is commonly known as pink gold, but also is known as red gold. The only difference between deeper red gold and the rosy pink gold tones is the amount of copper. It’s quite simple, the more copper the redder the ring will appear.
A soft rose gold that is commonly used for wedding rings is a blend of 75% gold/25% copper. The more copper the brassier the ring color will be, and there is no such thing as pure rose gold because it is always a blend of copper and yellow gold. To have a more greenish tone of gold, silver is blended with yellow gold, and for a slightly grayish tone, the mix is silver, manganese and copper, while black gold is a process of electroplating with rhodium or by polishing the gold with sulfur and oxygen or by oxidation of yellow gold that naturally contains chromium/ cobalt.
Lasers can also alter gold metal and transform it black. The most unusual gold tones of all are the purple and blue golds, which are derived by mixing gold with aluminum alloys or indium. However, purple gold is quite brittle and not recommended for rings that you will wear on a day to day basis.
Unusual Engagement Rings
If you want something nontraditional and you love the rings that you see on the Hollywood stars, then you may opt to mimic your favorite actress or celebrity with an imitation of her engagement ring. You can have a copy of Victoria Beckham’s10 carat diamond or even a yellow radiant gemstone like Heidi Klum or a massive heart diamond like Pamela Anderson or even an oval diamond like the one Tom Cruise selected for one of his ladies. Heidi Klum’s engagement ring can be yours, with an 8.5 carat canary cubic zirconia for as little as $65!! Or you can sport Pamela Anderson’s 5 carat oval cut yellow cz stone for $70, or Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring, with a round cut cubic zirconia for less than $35.
Filigree Engagement Rings
Filigree engagement rings are unique because unlike other settings where the band is simple or plain metal with gemstones inset into the metal or held in place with claws or teeth and no other decoration, a filigree ring is a delicate and decorative latticework or pattern that is wrought in the metal, creating a small basket-like lace work at the top of the ring or around the gemstones. It was once primarily found in vintage or antique rings that came form Portugal, North Africa or the regions of the Mediterranean. However, diamond filigree engagement rings are now being crafted by jewelers around the world.
Filigree rings are complex lacy rings, best suited for very feminine ladies who have a tendency to like princess styles. These rings are most common in white gold and platinum, but there are many beautiful yellow gold options especially in antique and vintage collections. They can also be found at estate sales and second hand jewelry shops and often have unusual stones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds instead of diamonds. There are some newer creations in cz settings that are less expensive. However, filigree engagement rings are very, very expensive (well over $1,000 even for the simplest designs) due to the craftsmanship and detail involved.
Diamond Wedding Band
A wedding band is traditional plain gold or very simple. However, many couples are opting to have small diamonds or cz stones added to their wedding bands, either to enhance the engagement ring or to have a pair of matching bands with a little extra zing. Some options for diamond wedding bands are eternity rings with diamonds or cz stones all around the band. For a matching set, the half eternity rings with three to five stones are a good choice, or if the engagement ring is a large cluster or a solitaire, a full eternity ring may complement it nicely.
For matching diamond wedding ring sets, there are rings for HIM and HER, some which have more diamonds on HER ring and only one or two on HIS. Some lovely matching options other than gold or white gold settings are titanium wedding bands, which almost always are a hit for mens rings, and now come beautifully adorned so the bride can have a matching band, only a little more sparkly. A diamond wedding band set may be a great option for couples who have not exchanged engagement rings. The wedding band may be the only bridal jewelry and therefore a few diamonds are welcome.
Diamond Solitaire Ring
This ring needs no explanation. It is the all-time most popular style of engagement ring. It is a simple band with one large diamond or cubic zirconia and nothing else. What differentiates one solitaire ring from another is the cut and shape of the stone. Use the above diamond cut and shape chart to determine which will work best if you have decided to go with a solitaire.
This is about much more than just selecting gold wedding rings or deciding between a white gold wedding ring and a yellow gold wedding ring or choosing the wedding rings for men between the plain mens gold rings and the diamond studded bands or selecting between tungsten wedding bands or titanium rings. Wedding jewellery is about ALL the jewelry and accessories for the bride and the groom and the bridesmaids and groomsmen and for accessorizing the bride’s and groom’s wardrobe for the rehearsal dinner or the parties before the big day and the items that will be worn on the honeymoon. Here is a way to break down what is needed and stay on budget:
- Bachelor and Bachelorette Party: Him – if formal consider silk men’s ties and/or scarves, a tie pin and simple cufflinks, if informal move on to: HER – Formal or informal a bride-to-be out with her lady friends must look her best with earrings, necklace or chain and/or bracelets and bangles. These can be simple costume jewelry items but they need to be planned and bought in advance.
Rehearsal Dinner with family: Him – silk men’s ties should be selected so that the wedding day attire not be used ahead of the big day. If he has two ties to choose from that should be enough. Again, a tie pin or tie clip, a simple mens gold ring to wear on another finger not the wedding ring finger, a scarf, and some basic cufflinks – not the ones he’s going to wear for the wedding.
Her – a delicate set of earrings, pearl earrings or some simple chandelier or drop cz earrings are adequate, a one strand pearl necklace or small diamond pendant on a gold or silver chain. A small tennis bracelet or a set of gold or silver bracelets will finish off the outfit nicely. Keep it uncomplicated and elegant, and don’t wear pearls if you’re wearing pearls with your gown or vice versa, don’t wear diamonds that will look similar to what you’ll wear for the ceremony.
- The Ceremony and Reception: The wedding rings for the ceremony for him and her go without saying. But there are also the presents for the groomsmen, which can be ties and tie pins or cufflinks or a small titanium ring. The presents for the bridesmaids that can include a set of earrings and a pendant and chain or a set of cultural pearls or just a simple ring. You will also need the earrings and necklace and bracelets for the bride that will match the gown and the accessories for the groom, such as ties, tie pins, cufflinks and the scarf for inside the overcoat if it’s cool weather. The bride may also need an extra set of earrings or a necklace or bracelets if she is going to change into a ‘going away’ outfit.
- The Honeymoon: For tropical settings the bride may wish to have anklets for beachwear, some simple stud earrings that she doesn’t have to take out for sleeping or swimming or general fun. She’ll also want to have some modern, perhaps chunky, jewelry for going out for dinner or dancing and something elegant for a restaurant where there may be a dress code. For Him, a couple men’s silk ties and a few scarves, even if it’s tropical, a silk scarf can replace a tie in a casual setting. He probably does not need tie pins and cufflinks, but a silver bangle to dress up a white shirt and jeans, or a long silk or cashmere scarf can be good to have for a romantic, but chilly, moonlight walk on the beach.
Gold Ruby Rings
Gold is the preferred setting for all rubies. A rich pigeon blood ruby ring in a deep yellow gold band is magnificent. There are many white gold ruby ring creations that are less expensive, but rubies are naturally the stones for gold. For the most authentic ruby gold rings try looking in vintage jewelry shops for the antique, medieval or Spanish ring styles, or shop for replicas of antique ruby rings that are often embellished with other gemstones and set into ornate handcrafted gold bands.
Gold Rings with Champagne & Chocolate Diamonds
How about some rosettes of Le Vian chocolate sprinkled with champagne or white diamonds? No it’s not a French dessert but a ring! The promoter of these brown or taupe diamonds, which color is not what diamonds are traditionally known for, is what has made Le Vian famous since 2000.
The ring creations, often pavé diamond styles, in 14K yellow gold or white gold bands are totally sumptuous, with equally sumptuous price tags like, $1,099.99, or clusters of Le Vian chocolate diamonds with rows of round white diamonds in 14K yellow gold for $1,299.99, or a one carat round chocolate diamond with a hundred fifty white diamonds in 18K strawberry gold for only $5,999.99.
There are some less expensive chocolate diamonds in white gold rings for about $200, but they’re very simple designs. For about $400 you can have a 1/2 carat chocolate diamond heart ring in 14K white gold, if you check out places like ICE or NexTag.
Gold Tanzanite Rings
A tanzanite ring can be a unique purchase and a wonderful present or even an engagement or wedding ring. It can also be a birthstone option. Tanzanite is a rare blue-purple zoisite that can take on the soft blue of a sapphire blue, or be violet or deep mauve-purple depending on the light. To achieve this gorgeous color the natural tanzanite stone is treated with heat.
This stone is not only beautiful but is also often regarded as more rare than a diamond since it is only found in one place on earth, in Tanzania, Africa, in the hills bellow Mount Kilimanjaro. In a ring setting, it is beautifully offset by gold, white gold or even platinum. Gold tanzanite rings are not cheap, $500 to $1,000 for something good but in a simple design. Imitation gold tanzanite rings are available, but mostly for fun birthstone rings in gold plated settings.
Gold Emerald Rings
Emeralds need not be set in gold to have a rich look and so an emerald white gold ring is in fact one of the most popular color settings. Emeralds are often cut square and set in white gold, silver or platinum. Genuine gold emerald rings are expensive because aside from the gold in the base ring, the emeralds themselves must be treated to seal cracks and flaws that these gemstones naturally have. A lovely alternative to a gold emerald ring setting is a sterling silver or white gold band with small diamonds or cz stones around the emerald.
A lesser quality stone can be had at a discount price, and to an untrained eye may be quite satisfactory. There are also some fake emeralds made of glass that mimic the dazzling green and can be set inexpensively into titanium rings or white gold rings just as well as into gold. Emeralds are not like rubies in that gold best offsets their color. Choose any metal, even silver and light gold blends and the green will shine through.
Gold Pearl Rings
Pearls are not just white or pearl color, they also come in black. There are some unique gold ring designs that blend the two. For example a 10k gold pearl ring with two freshwater cultured pearls, one black and another white, is less than $60, and a Tahitian pearl ring in 14K rose gold can be a stunning accessory for only a little over $700. Pearls come in so many price ranges and so many styles and colors that they need not be old lady pearls.
For example you have this ultra chic, modern designer pearl ring with a cultured golden south sea pearl and a few diamonds in a 14K gold ring setting for less than $400. As far as I know, there are no pearl settings for men gold rings, yet, so these will still be mostly for the ladies.
Gold-Tone Fashion Rings
You can have the look of gold without the price if you choose fashion goldtone rings. There are many styles such as this very in vogue golden matted square fashion ring for under $13; or the Fleur De Lis gold-tone adjustable fashion ring for under $12. Fashion rings may NOT be what you’ll choose for an engagement or wedding ring, but they can be great big baubles for parties and they’re so cheap you can buy new ones for every event. Have fun with gold-tone fashion and costume jewelry and throw caution to the wind!
Gold Ring Settings
“Ring settings” is a term used to describe a number of important aspects of jewelry creation all in one phrase, such as the cut of the diamond, the shape of the gemstone and how such different cuts and shapes can be held in place in a gold band. Some are held by pressure, others with claws and others set into the metal in a variety of unique ways.
The very popular pave and micro pavé settings or bead settings work like this: the gemstones or diamonds are set into small holes in the gold or precious metal selected. They are fitted closely together so there is almost no metal showing at all. They are all about the same size and cut and sit on the surface of the ring flat, not raised up, but as the name suggests, like paving stones set into a sidewalk. It then appears that the ring is a solid path of diamonds or gemstones. This setting can also be used around a central gemstone or diamond to highlight or extend the sparkle of the focal gem.
Although the final effect of pavé is stunning, the gemstones are not as secure as they are with other settings and therefore they can come lose and fall out. Some variations are the criss-cross pave ring mount and the micro pave ring which uses more, smaller stones in the settings. Most large diamond engagement rings such as the round-cut or baguette stones and solitaire rings are set using a sort of claw or prong that can hold the ring on four sides, or the double prong which secured with 8 prongs around the gem.
Antique filigree ring settings usually incorporate a blend of pave and prongs to hold one large central gemstone in place and numerous smaller gems around and about the lattice-like scrollwork that demarks the filigree rings from other styles.
There are also split shank diamond settings. When we talk about shank this refers to the part of the ring that is elevated or in other words the top of a ring that has a focal gem (this does not apply to eternity rings or flat settings that go all around a band with no difference in width or height).
Many rings will have only a single band of metal no matter the design, even elaborate filigree rings will often be just carved out of one round band. This would be a single shank. So, as you might imagine, a split shank refers to a band that has two or more additional strands of metal and allows for the finger to show through before it joins to the central gem mount on top.
In some cases where the gemstone is very large, the split shank setting style may be used to provide additional support for the diamond or gem. It can also enhance a smaller sized gem by making it appear larger than it is. What makes a split shank setting interesting is that it can be a double or triple split or even have a fourth split. Each of these can be set with pave set diamonds to make the crown area or top of the ring appear even more sparkling and larger. There are some very complex shank splits and pave combinations using variants of band width and depth of the splits.
Gold Designer Rings
If you want something unique, and have the budget for something above average, there are some small jewelry designers who create masterful gold designer rings. One such creation that is remarkably simple yet elegant is the Aquila ring which is a two part ring set in 18ct white and yellow gold with small diamonds strategically placed.
As a wedding and engagement ring set it is ideal or even as a promise ring for being so understated and elegant. The ring’s shanks are formed from 3.5mm round wire with a textured surface and a polished gold groove and an 8pt stone in one ring and a 1.5pt stone in the other. It’s not cheap at £650, but it’s unique and modern. To se more unusual white gold and gold designer rings visit Jeremy Heber Jewellery online. It’s well worth a peek. Links of London also has some designer jewelry that merits consideration. They now have an online jewelry shop for convenient browsing.
This is an option if you have something creative in mind or already have some loose gemstones you wish to incorporate into a ring or other jewelry. Often custom jewelers can remake or re-create a new piece from something you already own. Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers is just one such place you can go online to have custom jewelry made to your specifications.
This option is the total opposite of having your rings or jewelry custom made. However, cheap jewelry or cheap gold rings does not have to mean cheap quality, just an affordable price that fits with your budget. Since what is cheap is relative, I will have to let you decide, but quality pieces of handcrafted jewelry can be found at estate sales, second hand jewelers and even online at places like Overstock and other distributors who do not necessarily have junk, but do offer reduced prices on designer and name brand gold rings and other jewelry.
Just as a wild example, you can get a designer inspired gold Vermeil multi-color frog cocktail ring at Overstock for less than $90, or a Tiffany inspired gold Vermeil CZ pave wedding band, in an eternity ring style for less than $35. There are some fun and practical options in cheap jewelry that are easily obtainable online and will be shipped to your door.
If you want some basic gold rings and are not too picky about unique design, then there are discount jewelry centers that will offer you to pay for your gold jewelry at the going rate of gold. Therefore the prices fluctuate, but you do not pay for design and craftsmanship or for expensive designer settings and gemstones. You just pay for the weight of the gold and decide the basic style of gold ring. This is a practical choice for those want gold for a wedding band but cannot afford diamonds and prefer not to go with fake cz diamonds.
Gold Jewelry Wholesale
Wholesale jewellery is for those of you have a business and wish to purchase gold and general jewelry at the best prices to retail to your customers, perhaps as a side-line. This is a great idea for hair salon owners and tattoo artists and those who work with piercings and wish to offer their clients body jewelry or items to go with their new piercings. For as little as $2 for each piece, you can start a small sideline jewelry business of your own or add to an existing enterprise.
Many Chinese manufacturers offer great discounts when you buy in wholesale lots. There are gold and silver and fashion jewelry options. One good place to start looking for wholesale body jewelry is Hollywood Body Jewelry, who offer packages of bulk fashion jewelry and tidbits of gold for as little as .89 cents. Wholesale rings at unbelievable prices are available through a company called dhgate and they have designer rings for $3 and $4 each when purchased in bulk. These same items are retailing online for $20 and up…
Vintage Gold Rings
Vintage rings are something difficult to write much about unless we talk about specific individual pieces. Aside from going to estate sales or searching EBay for auction deals, you can try places like Sylvias Antiques, which is online and shows an antique ring selection to make your mouth hang open.
They’re not cheap, but there is everything from Vintage Art Deco filigree diamond and Sapphire Ring for $1,195.00, antique sapphire and diamond ring for $3,795.00, to Estate Eighteen white gold sapphire and diamonds for $895, to newly designed antique styles like the 14K fashion sapphire and diamond ring for $795, and the new designer white gold sapphire and diamond ring for $1,695, or the antique Victorian sapphire diamond crossover ring for $1,495, or a vintage Art Deco filigree ring with a natural violet sapphire for $995.
Other Gemstones that go with Gold Rings
While considering gold rings don’t forget that there are many, many ring options beside diamonds that go well in gold settings. Here are a few other rings that are great as unusual engagement rings, as anniversary rings, as wedding bands and also for birthstone rings.
- Amber rings – not actually gemstones but ancient resin from trees with small fossils
- Turquoise ring – Gorgeous chunk rings made from Asian turquoise or hand crafted by native American peoples or Tibetan ring creations mixed with orange or pink coral.
- Garnet ring – Red and rose garnet rings are not only a beautiful birthstone ring but are also akin to rubies for those who want some dazzling crimson or pink but can’t afford the genuine stone…try a garnet in a 14k gold setting for under $40.
- Peridot ring – is the august birthstone, but is also a fantastic soft greenish yellow that looks great alone or accented by a few cubic zirconia or diamonds in a gold ring setting. For fair skinned ladies and gents, the peridot gemstone is a great ring choice, it won’t look too flashy, but it’s elegant. Try round cut or emerald cut peridot rings to make the stone really stand out in an otherwise pave setting.
- Onyx ring – Onyx is traditionally a Mexican stone (called Ónice) that comes in every color under the stars. If you can’t take a trip to Puebla Mexico to buy your rings, check out some online shops. Black onyx is gorgeous as a round solitaire ring and other onyx stone colors can resemble marble and be richly veined and used to inlay old bands or other jewelry.
- Jade ring – Aside from jade being an exquisite green color, it is considered a very auspicious or lucky stone to have on your body. In Chinese culture jade is worn in gold ring settings and in necklaces and carved into ornate pendants as well as used to carve bangles and create intricate bracelets. Although jade is heavy, it has a delicate look, and makes wonderful jewelry sets with a ring, a pendant, a small bracelet and teardrop jade earrings.
Jade rings are mostly paired with gold, since gold is also a lucky metal. To buy the best possible jade rings, go to a Chinese or oriental jeweler in your area or check out import jewelry shops online such as Oriental Jade Jewelry who have unique Burmese jade creations.
- Citrine rings – The citrine is the birthstone for November, however it much more than a simple birthstone. It is a rich yellow-orange or lemon color depending on the variety and quality and is also known as gold topaz, Madeira or Spanish topaz. Because citrine rings are yellow or orange they are especially beautiful when set into deep yellow gold and enhanced with a few diamonds or cz gemstones or even when paired with chocolate or champagne diamonds.
These stones can be made into art deco citrine ring creations that rival yellow or the famous canary diamonds. Citrine gold rings for men are also gaining popularity because the stone is a soft enough color to not be gaudy or too flashy, which is what some men are concerned about when wearing gemstone rings.
- Pink rings – This is a term that is floating about the internet in gold rings for women as if it meant one exact thing. A pink ring can be anything from a pink Hello kitty charm ring to a dazzling pink diamond or pink sapphire or pink ruby or even a ring that is made of rose or pink gold or a rosy toned white gold pearl ring. Many pink rings are gold heart rings for little girls who want to pretend to be princesses.
Perhaps the ultimate pink ring would be a huge pink diamond paired with pink sapphires and rosy pearls set into pink or rose gold. However, what most people seem to be referring to when they search for pink rings are pink tourmaline rings and pink sapphire rings or pink topaz rings, which is the color of the stone and not of the metal setting or band. For a great big sparkling splash in pink gold rings there’s a wild emerald cut Pink topaz and diamond ring in 10k yellow gold that will make any pink lady content for about $400.There’s a clearance version of this ring in an oval cut pink cubic zirconia set in a gold platted band for as little as $15 – just for some bling-bling fun in a ladies gold ring for cocktails!
Also, if you’re too sure about going totally pink, then try something more classic like an amethyst gold ring or even better an amethyst white gold ring which will bring out the lavender or violet tones more beautifully. You can also go a little more bluish-purple with a white gold tanzanite ring, or even more blue with a blue topaz white gold ring, or all the way to aqua with an aquamarine white gold ring. I repeat “white gold ring”, because white gold jewellery highlights the cool tones of blue and violet better than yellow or rose colored metal settings.
Anillo y Alianzas de Oro
Just for something different try a Spanish gold wedding ring on for size. By Spanish, I don’t mean it needs to come from Spain, in fact some of the best hand carved argollas or alianzas de oro or anillos de boda are from Latin-American counties where traditional Mayan or Aztec carvings and jade or emeralds or rubies adorn these unique antique style wedding bands.
Gold Ring Watch
Mostly for the ladies and not too often in gold. But here are some ring watch options: the women Zads watch ring with watch ring on an adjustable 1 inch wideband for about $26, or the Roberto Cavalli stainless steel with crystals ladies watch ring made in Italy for about $79. In gold, if you must have it that way, then you’ll have to pay – ‘cuz there’s a dazzling baby in 14k yellow gold with over 1 carat worth of diamonds on another little watch ring for only 950 Euros.
Gold…18ct, 14ct and 9ct – What’s it all about?
As you plan all your jewelry needs and make your list of all the gold band rings you MUST have, especially for your wedding day, there are some gold options other than 18k or 14K gold rings. There is a less expensive alternative if you go with the 9ct gold rings.
What is 9ct gold? Simply put 9ct gold rings are an alloy comprised of about 37% pure gold, 52% copper zink and the rest silver. For 9ct red gold the copper content is slightly higher and for white 9ct gold the gold content remains the same but there is no copper and instead it is mixed with palladium and silver.
These combinations do not make nine carat gold stronger or harder because even 18k gold rings are a mix of metals – pure gold is far too soft to be used pure. In the olden days, like when I was young, there were still gold wedding rings that were 24ct gold, but you could imprint your nail or bite them and leave a mark.
If you have been given 14k gold rings or a 9ct gold engagement ring and you desire to have an 18k gold ring or 14 ct gold wedding band (or vice versa), you will notice a slight difference in color. It can look nice if this is the intention, or if there are three rings – an engagement or promise ring and a wedding band and on either side of the band there is a slightly different gold tone, however they not sold as sets in this way. However there are two tone gold rings that mix rose, yellow and/or white gold into one setting or band.
Does white gold tarnish?
There is a myth that white gold will tarnish like silver but this is NOT the case. What is true is that some white gold rings have been plated with rhodium and this will wear off and appear to have made the ring tarnish when in fact the only thing that has happened is that the grayish color of the true white gold is now visible.
Gold and Skin Tones
As you plan for all your jewelry needs, for your wedding, or for gifts, or for matching with your outfits, don’t forget to pair your gold rings to your other accessories. Gold earrings should match with white gold rings or yellow gold rings or be paired with all the rose gold rings in your collection. Charm bracelets and toe rings and even body jewelry can be purchased in all three tones of gold as well.
Remember that what color of metal you select for your jewelry will also depend on your skin tone.
- Cool skin tones look best with silver, platinum, white gold and white titanium.
- Warm skin tones are best for yellow gold, rose gold, brass, and copper.
You are a cool skin toned person if you are fair and have rosy undertones and bluish veins and you are considered a warm tone person if you have golden undertones and greenish veins. Since gold is available in warm yellow and golden colors and in cool white and greenish tones there’s no reason why you can’t indulge in Gold no matter if you are Cool or Warm.