Gold as it’s found in its natural form is a bright metallic yellow. But did you know that gold can be made to have a white, red, or even green hue?
While ATTIC’s collection is made in 14K yellow gold, nearly all of our pieces can be customized in white or rose gold or in a higher karat to 18K. Let’s break down the common colours and tonal ranges of gold.
Yellow gold is the most traditional and classic colour of gold. It is the natural colour of pure gold mixed with other metals like copper and silver which lowers the colour saturation. Yellow gold has a warm, rich, and vibrant appearance. It is a versatile choice that complements a wide range of jewellery styles.
When comparing the two side by side, the visual distinction between 14K and 18K yellow gold becomes more noticeable. 18K yellow gold tends to have a more pronounced and warm yellow appearance, while 14K yellow gold may exhibit a slightly lighter and more subtle yellow colouration.
White gold has a more modern and contemporary look compared to yellow gold. It is created by mixing pure gold with white metals like nickel, palladium, or silver and is then often plated with rhodium to enhance its brightness and whiteness, particularly when diamonds are set in the metal. White gold provides an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic that pairs just as well with diamonds and gemstones as its yellow counterpart.
In terms of appearance, the difference between 14K and 18K white gold may be subtle to the untrained eye. However, when placed side by side, the higher gold content of 18K white gold may make it appear slightly yellower in comparison to 14K white gold.
Rose gold, also known as pink or red gold, has gained popularity for its romantic and feminine appeal. It gets its distinct hue by mixing pure gold with a higher percentage of copper. The more copper added, the deeper the reddish-pink colour. Rose gold has a warm and rosy glow that adds a touch of uniqueness to jewellery.