Yellow Gold, White Gold, Rose Gold Chains

How to determine which type of metal is best for YOU

White Gold: 

  An alloy of pure gold and white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium. The other metals used to make white gold help strengthen the gold and durability of the jewelry. White gold is tougher than most other metals, so it can endure scratches and dents better than others. Some of the pros to investing in white gold is that it complements white diamonds better than yellow gold, especially larger diamonds. White gold often looks best on fair or rosy skin tones. 

  Our most popular white-gold piece is the Diamonds by the Inch necklace in 36” and 54”. Even if customers are predominantly yellow-gold fanatics, we are finding people want to come out of their comfort zone with this timeless and dainty piece in white-gold. The Diamonds by the Inch necklace is a simple piece to add to any look and pull together any outfit!

White Gold Diamonds by the Inch Necklace
Yellow Gold:

  An alloy of pure gold mixed with alloy metals such as copper and zinc. Yellow-gold jewelry is currently the most popular and is the most advantageous metal to have of all three. Yellow-gold jewelry is the most hypoallergenic of all three, the easiest to maintain out of all three, and the most pure gold of all three. Oftentimes, you may be able to reduce your diamond’s color by a grade or two, because the diamond will still look white in relation to the yellow gold setting. A higher karat amount - 14k, 18k, 24k - means a purer gold content. However, this also means a less durable metal. For this reason, usually 14k or 18k is used to mount engagement and wedding rings. 

  Our most popular yellow-gold piece is the 18” Diamond Drop Station. We find customers like to have this as their core as they layer with other chains, diamond necklaces and pendants. Many customers like to mix and match metals which we often encourage over at Henri Noël.

Rose Gold:

  An alloy of pure gold mixed with silver and copper. Rose gold is harder to find and tends to be a softer metal. The copper and silver strengthen the metal and lends the piece its pink color. Like white gold, an alloy is needed to create rose-gold’s color, so pure rose-gold cannot exist. Rose gold may hold the most aesthetic value for some, but may not be the most versatile for those with allergies. Rose gold may cause allergic reactions in some as it is not a hypoallergenic metal. Some positives of rose gold are that it is considered by many to be the most romantic metal due to its pinkish red color, very durable due to the strength of copper, making the rose tougher, and complements all skin tones. 

  Our most popular rose gold piece is the Climber earrings. These earrings have resonated so well among consumers because they are so unique and different. Each Diamond is bezel set and raised giving the Diamond a much larger look. Rose gold is a unique metal and these Climber Earrings definitely show off and showcase this metal well.


  While the metal you choose for your fine jewelry is largely based on personal preference and style, it is helpful to consider some of the main differences between the three. We encourage you to use jewelry to express yourself, so whether that means sticking with one metal or mixing and matching between the three just do what you love and feel looks best on you. 

   As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an inquiry and we will respond back within 24hrs or happy to schedule a video call to answer your questions in more depth.



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