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Rose Gold vs. White Gold vs. Yellow Gold

The ultimate gold showdown is upon us!

Today I’m breaking down all the pros and cons of rose goldwhite gold, and yellow gold.

All the important things to consider when you’re flirting between gold colors. You can simplify it to a matter of taste, but I want to get down to the nitty gritty for you. From skin tones to allergy considerations, from trends to durability. We’re going to be talking about the A to Z of gold color comparisons.

Psst. I’ve divided up the pros and cons in a neat little table right at the end. You can head straight down for a more concise comparison between the gold band options.

skin tone

Checking out what color looks good on your skin is not just something you do with clothes. You can also do it with jewelry. The easiest way to determine your skin tone is to go outside and look at the insides of your wrists where the skin is thinner. If your veins appear to be more blue or purple, you have a cooler skin tone. If it appears more green in color, you have a warmer skin tone. If you can’t quite determine your vein colors, congratulations – your skin tone is neutral!

Yellow gold and rose gold brings out the gorgeous warmer tones in your skin. This means if you have a cooler skin tone it will create a lovely balancing effect. If you have a warmer skin tone, yellow gold and rose gold can really bring out the rich warmth of your tones. White gold brings out the cooler tones in your skin. So the effects are flipped, cooler skins will be enhanced, while warmer skin tones will be balanced.


Go for opposite gold colors to balance out your skin tones.

Go for complementary gold colors to enhance your glow. 


If you are prone to allergic reactions from your jewelry, this would be an important consideration to think of. What does allergic reactions to jewelry look like? Well, different people experience different symptoms, but keep an eye out for;

  • Your skin turning warmer and feeling a little tender after wearing the jewelry.

  • Your skin starting to go red and you can see it start to swell.

  • Dry patches or blisters where your skin comes into contact with jewelry.

The most common cause of this is nickel, but it might also be the other metals which are present to create the alloy metal which makes up your jewelry. Gold is usually mixed with other metals, because 100% gold or 24 karat gold is too soft to be worn day to day.

Gardens of the Sun jewelry is made of 18 karat gold, which means that it has a 75% gold content. Some points to remember when you’re shopping for a gold piece withGardens of the Sun:

  • Our yellow gold contains traces of copper. This is why our yellow gold jewelry has a softer and warmer tone.

  • Our white gold uses silver and zinc rather than nickel to achieve the white metal look. While trace contents of nickel may be present in the white gold solder, the rhodium plating is hypoallergenic.

  • Rose gold jewelry contains copper, which is the second the most common metal allergy after nickel. 

White gold is usually the safest bet if you have sensitive skin. 


When in doubt, go for white gold. 


As mentioned above, gold is a soft and malleable metal that needs mixing with other metals to help it be strong enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. The alloy mix will influence the strength of the gold and its durability.

Rose gold is usually mixed with copper to give it that iconic pink color. Yellow gold and white gold may be mixed with a combination of zinc, copper, nickel, iron, cadmium, aluminium, silver, platinum and palladium for added strength. On top of the alloy mix, white gold will also receive an additional plating or coat to create its color. All of these things will affect how it can endure day-to-day wear and tear.


  • Rose gold is the strongest, because of the copper content

  • Yellow gold is easiest to maintain

  • White gold needs most maintenance to keep its white metal shine


Fashion trends are a fickle and ever-changing thing. As the seasons come and go, so do styles and popular concepts. When you’re looking at gold wedding bands, it’s best to ignore what’s on the cover of magazines and on billboards. Gold wedding bands are a long-term investment of love. It will stay with you as you go through your phases of life.

Having said that, each of the gold colors have a reputation.

Rose gold has always been considered romantic due to its color. It’s considered a ‘fashion’ color, which just means that people use it when they’re trying to make a statement.

White gold is the favorite alternative to yellow gold. Popular for people who like subtle jewelry that doesn’t attract attention. Or to complement a sparkling white perfect diamond. It’s also considered quite chic and cool.

Yellow gold is considered a classic, a safe bet for engagement and wedding bands. It has for the longest time been considered as the go-to color for investment pieces as trends don’t affect its popularity.


Check your jewelry box. Do you want to wear it alongside what you already have? Or do you want to wear something you don't have yet? 

Rose gold vs white gold vs yellow gold

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