Yellow gold engagement rings are having a renaissance of sorts from shiny styles to matte finishes—likely a result of gold jewelry trending in the market from pendants to stackable rings and hoop earrings. While platinum and white gold rings are certainly still a popular choice, a lot of modern couples are engagement ring shopping with yellow gold in mind so it will blend cohesively with the rest of their everyday jewelry. Even if your jewelry box is heavy on the silver side, a yellow gold ring is perfect for the fashion-forward couple looking to dip into the mixed-metal trend.
The yellow gold trend kicked off in the engagement ring market thanks to the resurgence of unique vintage and retro-inspired styles. Whether you want an artfully etched band with micro-pavé accents, a classic round-cut diamond set on a slim gold band, or an elegant emerald-cut ring festooned with side baguettes, any stone looks good with the Midas touch.
For classic tastes, pear, oval, emerald cut, and cushion cut diamonds are gorgeous in a yellow-gold setting. Pearls are a gorgeous diamond alternative that are equally classic in a yellow-gold setting, too. Take the yellow gold engagement ring look a step further and opt for a colorful stone. In a yellow-gold setting, the effect is full-on vintage—you can even consider a raw, rustic, or rough cut diamond if an antique look suits your taste.
Whatever your taste (or budget!) we found 32 stunning yellow-gold choices to inspire you before you go engagement ring shopping.
CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Cushion Royal Engagement Ring
This classic cushion-cut style will make the wearer feel like royalty as it was inspired by Meghan Markle's engagement ring. The cubic zirconia stones are set in 18k yellow gold-plated brass with a prong setting.
SHOP NOW: CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane, $75
Shane Co. Vintage Cathedral Knife-Edge Engagement Ring
Intricate milgrain details adorn this otherwise simple cathedral setting. The 14k yellow gold band measures two millimeters with a dainty knife edge. This listing is for the setting only, but its center stone preview feature allows you to see how different stones might look with the band.
SHOP NOW: Shane Co., Priced from $455
J.Hannah Demi Signet (Diamond)
The site's description of their signet collection says "Historically, signet jewelry represented a physical marker of identity." Their line aims to be "a modern reinterpretation of the idea in classic shapes engraved with a small unique detail." This dainty 14k yellow gold engagement ring features a round, brilliant-cut white diamond as its stamp of significance.
SHOP NOW: J. Hannah, $995
Effy Bouquet 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Cluster Ring
The shiny 14k gold band tapers into a unique basket setting with a cluster of round diamonds. A heart shape supports the stones, visible only from the basket's profile.
SHOP NOW: Effy, was $1,995, now $1,396.50
Diamond Nexus Bali Classic Pear Cut Engagement Ring
A pear-shaped diamond-alternative stone sits in the stunning loops of the lotus setting that the brand likens to trellis architecture. The 14k gold ring features a slim profile and has several choices of matching wedding bands.
SHOP NOW: Diamond Nexus, was $1,140, now $912
Lori McLean Fine Jewelry Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring
This solitaire diamond beauty is handmade and features a simple, tapered 14k gold band. The stone is vintage-inspired with an old European cut.
SHOP NOW: Lori McLean, $1,328
Kavant & Sharart Talay Silhouette Wave Ring
The Wave ring is inspired by the organic essence of the sea. A pear-shaped .03ct diamond is wrapped in the curves of an 18k gold band.
SHOP NOW: Kavant & Sharart, $1,540
Après Jewelry The Stella Ring Setting (Cushion)
This simple gold ring setting can be made for any center stone shape or style (stone sold separately). Its low-sitting basket is available with dot or claw prongs.
SHOP NOW: Après, $900
ILA Pietro Marquise Cut Diamond Ring
The marquise cut diamond ring is super dainty and the perfect choice for minimalists. The slender band is made from 14k sustainable gold and wears beautifully both stacked and solo.
SHOP NOW: ILA, $2,045
La Kaiser 14K Gold Diamond Angels Drop Ring
A magnificent pear-shaped center diamond is complemented by tiny round diamonds placed along a thin gold band. The Angels ring is a perfect candidate for contour bands with its unique shape and composition, allowing for stacking both above and below the center diamond.
SHOP NOW: La Kaiser, $2,100
Michelle Oh Shard Ring
The Shard ring is organic in nature. The diamond is left in its natural irregular shape and sits on an 18k gold unpolished band for a raw finish.
SHOP NOW: Michelle Oh, approximately $3,000
Maria Canale Pyramid Statement White Agate Ring
It's all about the band in this ring, which has a half-inch width of 18k gold. The sturdy base supports a 3D pyramid of carved white agate that's topped with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond.
SHOP NOW: Maria Canale, $2,375
Tacori Simply Tacori Ring in 18K Gold
The east-west set oval diamond looks modern and unique on an elegant diamond tipped frame. The 18k yellow gold band features intricate texture detailing and small diamond accents visible at its profile view.
SHOP NOW: Tacori, Priced from $2,490
Selin Kent Luna Ring
Selin Kent's Luna Ring takes a unique twist on moon-themed jewelry. A half-moon shaped diamond extends from a simple 14k yellow gold square band.
SHOP NOW: Selin Kent, $2,750
Charles & Colvard Forever One Radiant Colorless Moissanite East-West with Side Accents Engagement Ring in 14K Yellow Gold
Three types of moissanite stones adorn this chunky solid 14k gold band. The east-west radiant cut center stone is basket-set between clusters of round 1.7-millimeter moissanite stones. Even smaller round stones sit in the band and extend from the main attraction.
SHOP NOW: Charles& Colvard, $2,619
Nora Kogan Misia Ring
The Misia Ring is anything but traditional. A conflict-free marquise diamond is set in an east-west style on a band of 14k yellow gold that's hand-painted with white or black enamel.
SHOP NOW: Nora Kogan, $3,195
David Yurman DY Delaunay Petite Engagement Ring in 18K Gold
An emerald-cut diamond looks stunning bezel-set in this geometric 18k gold band with a brushed finish. The DY Delaunay was modeled after the design David Yurman created for his wife's engagement ring.
SHOP NOW: David Yurman, price upon request
Jessie V E Femme Fatale 'Siren' Ring
The Femme Fatale 'Siren' is a double finger ring. A peach tourmaline center stone rests just between the fingers and sits underneath the diamond-set band of 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Jessie V E, $3,016
Vrai The Signature Bezel Emerald
A knife-edge bezel allows light to flood and bounce in all directions so the emerald-cut diamond is as dazzling as possible. The design was created to sit low on the finger and flush with a wedding band to draw the attention to the diamond.
SHOP NOW: Vrai, Priced From $2,986
Luna Skye 14K Gold and Diamond Solitaire Oval White Sapphire Eternity Ring
An oval white sapphire is adorned by dainty diamonds set on a slim 14k gold band. This beauty can be made as a full or half eternity, but note that full eternity bands cannot be resized. We love how this statement piece looks with a set of contour bands.
SHOP NOW: Luna Skye, $3,650
Jacquie Aiche Trillion Diamond Ring
This Jacquie Aiche engagement ring has a notable trillion cut diamond set in a bezel. The shank features carefully placed small, round diamonds along a 14k yellow gold band.
SHOP NOW: Jacquie Aiche, $3,750
Anita Ko Sideways Pear Diamond Pave Ring
A petite pear diamond takes on a new look when set in an east-west style. Anita Ko's creation is prong-set on an 18k gold diamond-paved band, a perfect option for the modern minimalist with an eye for a bit of sparkle.
SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $3,275
Allurez Diagonal Diamond Halo East West Bridal Set 14K Yellow Gold
This set comes with a matching 14k gold engagement ring and wedding band. The engagement ring features a diagonally-set cushion cut diamond halo while the pave wedding band is adorned with 17 prong-set diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Allurez, was $11,122, now $5,561
Zoë Chicco 14K Pave and Pear Shaped Diamond Wide Flat Band Ring
The flat band horizon ring is a head-turner. Measuring eight millimeters in width, the 14k gold band holds a comparably dainty pear diamond in a bezel and a pave of round diamonds on its edge.
SHOP NOW: Zoë Chicco, $5,550
Ashley Zhang Petite Margaret Ring
The double Asscher cut diamond design is inspired by the French "Toi et Moi," or "Me and You" style engagement ring characterized by two stones making up a single engagement ring. The focal stones are accented by tapered baguette diamonds on a 14k gold rounded square band.
SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang, $5,200
Marrow The Jillian Round Brilliant Ring
Inspired by the designer's own engagement ring, the Jillian Ring plays with contrasting shapes and sizes. A large, round brilliant cut white diamond is centered by two trillion cut diamond accents on a 14k gold band.
SHOP NOW: Marrow, $5,400
Sofia Kaman Etoile Signet Ring
The statement signet ring is guaranteed to turn heads. From the textured band and diamond star motif to the surprising diamond-lined outer-edge and matte-finished 18k yellow gold, the statement jewel is one of a kind.
SHOP NOW: Sofia Kaman, $6,160
Waant Horizon: V131 Ring
With a low-sitting center stone, the Horizon ring is minimal in design and timelessly simple. The 14k gold band can be customized to include accent stones and can come in square, half-round, or knife-edge style.
SHOP NOW: Waant $7,050
Lauren B. Cushion Cut Diamond Hidden Halo Engagement Ring
If you can't get enough diamonds, this 2.25 carat Lauren B. design is for you. A large cushion cut center stone is wrapped in a two-row halo that's tucked underneath the diamond, dubbing the name "Hidden Halo." The three-row cathedral band is ensconced in brilliant diamonds on all sides.
SHOP NOW: Lauren B., Price Upon Request
Kwiat Asscher Cut Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring
The signature Kwiat setting is "open and airy," which allows the most light to shine through the yellow diamond and gives the appearance of a nearly floating stone. The solitaire engagement ring is clean and simple, but the colored stone creates a modern touch.
SHOP NOW: Kwiat, Price Upon Request