White Gold Diamond Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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When looking for the perfect engagement ring, there are a few big decisions to make, namely what kind of center stone you like the most and what kind of metal you want the band to be. White gold diamond engagement rings are a really popular option, for good reason: White gold is beautiful to look at, it’s very versatile, and it’s pretty easy to take care of. 

What Is White Gold?

White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one other white metal, like palladium, nickel, zinc, copper, or silver.

As jewelry expert Kim Kanary explains, white gold gets its signature silvery white hue from a very thin layer of rhodium. In fact, when gold is mixed with another white metal "the resulting color is still a dull gray to brownish-yellow," making a rhodium plating necessary to achieve a white luster.

Meet the Expert

Kim Kanary is the vice president of community development and engagement at JTV, one of the largest jewelry retailers in the United States.

Keep reading to learn more about white gold engagement rings, including what to look for when shopping for one and how to care for it.

Pros and Cons of White Gold Diamond Engagement Rings

One of the biggest advantages of a white gold ring is that the band is a neutral, silvery shade that won’t affect the center stone at all.

“Gemstones will reflect the color of the metal in which they are set, meaning that colorless gemstones (like diamonds) can appear to have a tint of color if the surrounding metal contains color,” Kanary says. This can happen with certain yellow gold settings but not white gold. “Your gemstone will reflect the silvery-white metal, which will not result in any noticeable color differences in your stone." Also, white gold tends to be shinier and less dull, making the metal a valuable yet cost-effective option.

While white gold is more durable than yellow gold, it doesn’t quite measure up to a metal like platinum. Platinum is more durable, so it’s more resistant to everyday wear and tear and provides more security for center stone settings than white gold does. “It’s also denser than gold, so if all other qualities are equal, a platinum ring will be heavier than a white gold ring,” adds Kanary.

Yellow gold is purer than white gold since white gold is gold mixed with other metals. "Pure natural gold is yellow in color, so the higher in purity you go, the more yellow it will be," Kanary says. But while yellow gold may be purer, it’s also naturally softer, meaning white gold is the more durable option. "If you are interested in a higher degree of fineness, white gold may not be your best option."

Also, white gold is often alloyed with nickel, so if you're allergic to nickel, stay away from white gold.

What to Look for in a White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

What type of diamond cut pairs well with a white gold ring? Virtually every diamond cut will look great with a white gold band.

Should I select 14-karat or 18-karat white gold? While 18-karat is a purer gold, 14-karat is recommended, as it's more durable and scratch-resistant.

How much do white gold rings cost? Prices can vary, but generally white gold is a less expensive alternative to platinum.

How to Care for Your White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

White gold requires a bit more care than other metals. “[It] will require occasional buffing and polishing as well as periodic replating to ensure it maintains its silvery-white sparkle year-round,” Kanary says. It is softer than platinum, so it can scratch more easily, though it is still suitable for everyday wear. To store your white gold ring, wrap your ring in a soft cloth or piece of velvet.  

Think white gold is the ring metal for you? See 20 of our favorite white gold diamond rings below.

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Gemist The Oval Solitaire Pavé

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A classic shape, this white gold band features a half pavé of diamonds for added sparkle. The oval solitaire diamond in the center keeps it simple yet beautiful.

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Etincelle de Cartier Ring

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Courtesy of Cartier

For something more delicate and slightly understated, this Cartier ring features an emerald-cut center stone. You won't be able to resist the 22 brilliant diamonds lining the white gold band. 

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Catbird Violette The Swan

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Courtesy of Catbird

This white gold ring is made with lab-grown diamonds for brilliant sparkle. The three stones are meant to represent life’s past, present, and future, and the arrangement looks almost floral. 

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Shahla Karimi Pear Pavé V Ring

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Courtesy of Shala Karimi

This uniquely shaped ring takes inspiration from the art deco era, thanks to the classic pear-shaped diamond. There are brilliant-cut diamonds along the entire band, and the V-cut lends a unique twist.

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Anna Sheffield Bea East/West Solitaire Ring

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Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

Set in luxury deco decorum, this solitaire diamond almost looks like two stones when viewed from a certain angle. It’s simple but stunning and features a plain white gold band to put all the focus on the center stone. 

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Gemist Glint of Light

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Courtesy of Gemist

For something basic but beautiful, try this dainty ring. A thin white gold band looks perfect with a round solitaire diamond for subtle sparkle.

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L Priori Kiley Ring

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Courtesy of L Priori

The gray diamond in this vintage masterpiece makes this ring one of a kind. The half-halo makes it even more special, and white gold complements the look.

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Sylvie Fae Ring

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Courtesy of Sylvie

Most halos are pretty obvious, but this Sylvie ring features a hidden halo that gives the center stone a nice boost without looking overwhelming. The halo also features small diamonds for double the sparkle.

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Simply Tacori Ring

Simply Tacori Ring

Courtesy of Tacori 

A marquise diamond not only looks lovely with a white gold band, but heirloom-inspired details give it an antique vibe. This ring is also customizable so it offers a lot of versatility.

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Anna Sheffield Eleanore Delicate Pave Ring

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Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

An impressive and sparkling halo surrounds the emerald-cut center diamond for a ring that will definitely stand out. The white gold band features pavé diamonds halfway around.

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Natalie Marie Diamond Cluster Ring

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Courtesy of Natalie Marie

A cluster ring is a fun take on the classic engagement ring that looks both fresh and trendy. The way the center diamond and accent diamonds are shaped on this white gold band looks like flowers.

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Tacori Petite Crescent

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Courtesy of Tacori

A princess-cut center diamond is surrounded by smaller brilliant diamonds in an expansive halo. The white gold band features even more sparkle.

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Mystique 14k White Gold Round Halo Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of Mystique Jewelers

The halo on this ring lifts the center diamond up, making it appear larger and more pronounced. With a double layer of pavé diamonds halfway around a thicker white gold band, this one is a bit different than others.

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Henri Daussi Pear Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of J.R. Dunn

A pear diamond manages to look both modern and vintage at the same time. This one features a glittering halo and an 18k white gold band studded with more pavé diamonds.

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Three Stone Ring

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Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

Mixing metals is a fun and unique way to make your ring stand out. This Anna Sheffield ring does it subtly with a white gold band and rose gold setting. 

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Verragio Insignia Round Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of J.R. Dunn

This ring boasts tons of sparkle, thanks to a round center diamond, two side diamonds, and a white gold band featuring even more diamonds.

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Verragio Couture Three Stone Vintage Engagement Ring

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Courtesy of J.R. Dunn

This two-tone engagement ring gives you the best of both worlds: a vintage-style white gold band with a rose gold inlay band. 

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Natalie Marie Dotted Oval Trio

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Courtesy of Natalie Marie

Not looking for diamonds? This Natalie Marie ring shows off three beautiful white sapphires with unique dotted details along a white gold band. 

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VRAI The Signature Bezel

VRAI The Signature Bezel

Courtesy of VRAI

For a signature look, opt for this round brilliant-cut ring featuring a modern aesthetic. Minimal details, including a knife-edge bezel setting, give the 18k white gold band a streamlined finish.

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Angara Freshwater Pearl and Tilted Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Angara Freshwater Pearl and Tilted Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Angara

Pure elegance, right this way. Between the petite freshwater pearl and the perfectly placed square emerald-cut diamond, this 14k white gold ring is the epitome of timeless.  

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