Classic and timeless, yellow gold is making a comeback in contemporary fine jewellery. Its warm tones weave history into vintage-inspired pieces while its traditional feel adds a sense of old-world elegance to any attire.
What is 18ct Yellow Gold?
18ct yellow gold is a combination of 75% (or 18 parts per 24) pure gold alongside a metal alloy - often copper or silver - which creates a more robust, yet still workable material.
As purity increases so does the gold’s malleability. In its purest form - all 24cts of it - yellow gold may have an unmatched deep lustre but it becomes too easily scratched and bent out of shape to be useful in jewellery. As such, you can expect 18ct yellow gold to be the purest, most expensive form of gold you’ll find in rings, necklaces, and so on. It still offers a tarnish-resistant, unmistakable deep shine but is hardier and less easily damaged than its 24ct counterpart.
The most hypoallergenic and purest of the gold variants, yellow gold has long been revered. The ancient Egyptians considered it the “flesh of the gods”, and en-shrined Tutankamun in three coffins each made of solid gold. Today, gold bars are still a statement of wealth and power, and the use of yellow gold in fine jewellery echoes that sense of timeless luxury.