To make gold strong enough to withstand life as a ring, it’s blended with other metals. Depending on the materials used, gold keeps its yellow. Other recipes cause gold to change hues, which then becomes colored gold. While hues like black, grey and purple are available, many shades are rare. White and rose gold are the most popular hues.

White gold has many formulas. Alloys which include nickel are less popular today due to skin sensitivities. Other blends involve palladium, manganese and even copper. White gold engagement rings coordinate well with diamonds, creating a tone on tone effect. They are also a budget friendly alternative to platinum.

Rose gold, as the name implies, takes on a pinkish or reddish tint. Copper is responsible for its color, while other metals add different properties like ease of shaping. Diamond bands made with rose gold provide contrast between metal and jewel. Those seeking warm hues aside from yellow may want to consider rose gold.

Many wedding bands play with color. Instead of being just yellow or rose, they use two or more types of colored gold. This sometimes shows as stripes, or one color on the outside and a different hue lining the inner band. A subtle form of multicolor gold wedding bands has the ring in one hue, but prongs in another.