What’s the Best Diamond Color for Yellow Gold Rings?

When you buy a yellow gold diamond ring you want to make sure that you are not wasting any money.

Thus, when it comes to yellow gold engagement rings people usually choose a diamond color that is way too high. It is wiser to choose a lower diamond color and go for a diamond with more carat weight.

In this post I want to show you exactly what each diamond shape in a certain diamond color actually looks like when it is mounted onto a yellow gold ring setting.

And as usual my focus will be on getting you the biggest bang for your buck!

The best color for a round cut diamond on a yellow gold ring

In general for yellow gold rings any diamond within the J – L Color range will look perfectly fine.

I know that people worry a lot that a K colored diamond will show a slight hint of color when it is mounted on the ring. And this is definitely true for white gold and platinum ring settings.

However, diamonds tend to absorb much more color of yellow gold than they absorb the color of white gold. This is why you will not really see the difference between an H colored diamond and a K colored diamond on a yellow gold ring.

To prove my point I have taken an H colored diamond and a K colored diamond that are set on the same yellow gold ring setting. On the left we have an H colored diamond on the right we have a K colored diamond:

    • 0.77ct H colored VS1 diamond on yellow gold Solitaire ring setting
    • 0.80ct K colored VVS1 diamond on yellow gold Solitaire ring setting

If you actually click on any of these two pictures you will be able to view the entire ring from all angles and from all sides.

What you will quickly realize is that it is very hard to make out a difference! Also remember that you are actually viewing both rings in 20x magnification! And the difference between an H color and a K color is three color grades!

A K-colored diamond on a yellow gold ring will always look good on yellow gold.

Just have a look at the diamond rings below. They both contain K colored diamonds. The one on the left is set on a pavé ring setting and the one on the right is set on a three stone ring setting:

    • 1.04ct K colored VS1 diamond on yellow gold pavé ring setting
    • 0.99ct K colored SI1 diamond on a three-stone yellow gold ring setting

Both diamond rings look absolutely good in 360° view as well!

No one will come up to you in real life and say: “Hmm, I see that you wanted to save money and only got a K colored diamond! I can see the brown hue in the diamond!” It just won't happen. So don't worry 🙂

The more conservative approach: J colored diamonds for yellow gold rings

I can understand that some people have inhibitions about going for a K colored diamond as it belongs to the faint color group.

In this case I would suggest you don't go lower than a J colored diamond. At least if you want to be as cost-effective as possible.

Below you can see two J-colored diamonds on yellow gold rings:

    • 1.60ct J colored SI2 diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring setting
    • 0.90ct J colored VVS2 diamond on a yellow gold Halo ring setting

If you click on any of the two J colored diamonds you will see that the diamond makes a really good impression from all sides and angles!

Thus, although I can understand sceptics that want to go better than a K color grade you can rest assured that there will never be a need to go better than J color for yellow gold rings.

If these concrete examples did not help you all that much have a look at this diamond color simulator which will give you a more general idea about diamond colors:

Diamond color simulator

Let's have a look at all the other diamond shapes out there.

Recommended color grades for princess, Ascher and emerald cut diamonds on yellow gold rings

For a princess, Asscher and emerald cut diamnds the I – K color range will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Below you can an I-colored princess cut diamond on the left and an I-colored Asscher cut diamond on the right.

    • 1.02ct I colored VS1 princess cut diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring
    • 1.00ct I colored VS1 Asscher cut diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring setting

As you can see the I color looks perfectly icy white!

Let us therefore have a closer look at some K colored diamonds. On the picture on the left we have a K-colored Asscher cut diamond. And on the right we have a K-colored emerald cut diamond:

    • 1.52ct K colored VVS2 Asscher cut diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring
    • 0.38ct K colored SI1 emerald cut diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring setting

If you view both diamonds from all sides you quickly come to realize that a K colored Ascher cut or emerald cut diamond will still look good! And of course the same applies to K colored princess cut diamonds as well!

If you feel like you would like to stay more on the safe side an I or J color will be absolutely fine as well!

But there is absolutely no need to go for a color grade even lower than I.

The most suitable diamond color for oval cut, radiant cut, marquise cut, cushion cut, pear shaped and heart shaped diamonds

For all other diamond shapes I personally think that the H – J color range will give you the biggest bang for your buck!

I am even more inclined to say that you should rather go for I or J colored diamonds! But I am mentioning the H color for more conservative people.

This for instance is what the H color will look like. On the left we have an H colored oval cut diamond. And on the right I have picked an H colored oval cut diamond:

    • 1.02ct H colored VS1 oval cut diamond on a yellow gold Solitaire ring setting
    • 0.81ct H colored VS1 cushion cut diamond in a yellow gold Solitaire ring setting

When looking at the two diamond rings from all sides it become apparent that the H color is a very safe place for these diamond shapes on yellow gold. You can definitely not go wrong with that.

For people who even want to get a greater bang for their buck I have also picked two J colored diamonds.

Below you can see a J colored cushion cut diamond and a J colored pear shaped diamond:

    • 0.70ct J colored VVS1 cushion cut diamond on a Solitaire yellow gold ring
    • 1.00ct J colored SI1 pear shaped diamond on a yellow gold ring

I think that both diamonds make a very good impression as well!

If you still have doubts about J color in fancy shaped diamonds check out the video below. It shows a J colored marquise diamond on a 14K yellow gold ring setting. It looks absolutely gorgeous:

If you are still unsure you can also go for an I colored diamond. But in general even J colored diamonds will look good!

How to shop for yellow gold diamond rings?

To get the biggest bang for your buck you should save money on the diamond color and on the diamond clarity.

As far as diamond clarity is concerned SI1 or SI2 diamonds can give you the largest amounts of value!

Not all SI1 and SI2 diamonds are eye clean and thus you will need to take a closer look at them.

Go and check out James Allen as it currently is the only diamond vendor with 360° videos in high definition and 20x magification of all its diamonds:

Browsing through diamonds at James AllenWith a little bit of browsing you can therefore find all the eye clean SI1 and SI2 diamonds and make a really good deal!

James Allen also has around 500 different yellow gold ring settings. Thus, you won't have to worry about not finding the right ring setting!

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate and simply shoot me a mail!


Sebastian Naturski loves to write about diamonds and share his knowledge with his readers.
When he is not working on his website he is studying law at Humboldt University of Berlin.
He has taken part in several international law competitions and likes to broaden his horizons.
His other big passion are languages. He is fluent in German, English, Polish and Japanese and got basic skills in French and Spanish as well.