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Engagement rings have been a part of marriage for generations. As with most traditions, certain standards have emerged when it comes to what rings should look like. For most, they’ll be buying a yellow gold engagement ring to propose with, but has this practice become tacky or old-fashioned? Let’s examine engagement rings, what they’re made out of, and what makes a ring stylish or tacky to find the answer.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings, Tacky or Not?

In short, a yellow gold engagement ring is not tacky in and of itself. For the most part, what makes a ring tacky is less the material it’s made from and more what it looks like. On its own, a polished yellow gold engagement ring is a fairly timeless piece of jewelry. It also has the benefits of being very durable and easy to clean, meaning it can last for years and years when cared for properly. 24-karat gold is also non-reactive, making it an ideal material for those with allergies to certain metals.

What Makes My Ring Tacky?

Beyond material, one of the biggest factors in a ring being tacky is its overall appearance. What about the appearance? Let’s break it down.


Rings that are too large in size can often be regarded as tacky, as they overwhelm the hand and seem excessive to wear.


While it will vary by outfit and personal taste, rings that are excessively busy in their design or “loud” in appearance are what tend to be regarded as tacky.

Stone Size

While a sizable diamond is coveted by many, having a diamond that’s excessively big or numerous diamonds across a ring can often be seen as excessive. This is partly because they take attention away from the gold ring itself.