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Yellow has always been a happy, positive color in the world of gemstones. With an increase in young couples opting for non-diamond engagement rings, yellow gemstones have come into favor. But not all gemstones are created equal, which is why, even though you may love a stone, it might not be an ideal choice for your engagement ring.
Durability, price and appearance are three of the main factors to note when choosing your yellow gemstone.
When it comes to yellow gemstones, there are really only two main options to go for.
Recommended Yellow Gemstones for Engagement Rings
Yellow diamonds tick all the boxes and are an ideal choice for an engagement ring. They’re extremely durable (Mohs 10), scratch resistant and tough. Yellow diamonds hold up well under daily exposure and are easy to clean and keep sparkling. They’re also among the most affordable of all colored diamonds, making them a great way to enter into the colored diamond world on a budget.
Yellow diamonds are durable enough to be placed into any type of engagement ring setting.
When it comes to choosing metals, yellow diamonds are most striking set in silver-hued metals such as white gold or platinum. But pair them with yellow gold for a vintage, classic look. Remember that if a yellow center-stone is too much for you, you could consider yellow diamond accent stones.
Yellow diamonds also make unique birthstone gifts for April babies.
A yellow sapphire mounted in a yellow gold ring setting. See it here.
The next yellow gemstone we recommend is yellow sapphire. Sapphire is the third hardest gemstone used in jewelry at 9 on the Mohs scale (moissanite ranks 9.25 and ruby, which is basically red sapphire, is a 9).
What this means is that it is excellent for daily wear and like diamonds, is highly resistant to scratching, chipping and breakage. Although diamonds are harder than sapphires, sapphires are tougher than diamonds and less inclined to cleavage.
Yellow sapphires have a beautiful look to them and are more affordable than yellow diamonds. They come in a range of tones, from faint yellow to golden, honey hues.
Like yellow diamonds, these sapphires go well with white or yellow gold metals. They can be cut in all the popular gemstone shapes.
Yellow Gemstones to avoid for Engagement Ring
Apart from yellow sapphires and diamonds, all other yellow gemstones aren’t perfectly suited for engagement rings. These include yellow tourmaline, sphene, zircon, garnet, amber and golden pearls. While these are all beautiful gemstones in their own right, there is a high chance of these gemstones breaking and fading quickly, not something you want for a piece of jewelry you plan to wear frequently if not every day.
Honey-gold citrine ring. See it here.
Having said that, you may be able to have a bespoke ring made for you that cleverly incorporates a favorite yellow gemstone into the design, for example, as accent stones.
Couples who wish to go for a birthstone engagement ring might have their heart set on a November citrine ring, but citrines are not very durable, with a hardness ranking of just 7. However, you could opt for a yellow topaz, which is more durable (8 Mohs) and also a November birthstone. The trouble is, it is much harder to find and have made into an engagement ring.
So the final verdict? It’s best to stay away from all yellow gemstones for your engagement ring apart from diamonds and sapphires.