Rose Gold Diamond Engagement Rings

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

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The term rose gold includes all pink, rose, and red shades of gold. Rose gold is an alloy of yellow gold and copper. It is the copper that gives rose gold its special color. Pure yellow 24 karat gold is too soft for use in jewelry, so alloys strengthen and shade it. Rose gold in rings is typically 14 karat gold, which is 58.3 percent pure gold. The remaining percentage may be only copper or mostly copper and small amounts of silver, palladium, or zinc.

History of Rose Gold Rings

Gold has perennially been recognized as a precious substance. By around 3,000 BC, Egyptians and Sumerians used techniques for converting gold into jewelry. The first mention of gold being used in engagement rings may have been by Pliny the Elder, who recorded that Roman men in the 2nd century BC would gift their fiancés a gold band before the wedding ceremony but then substitute it for an iron band to wear at home.

Rose gold jewelry first became fashionable in the court of imperial Russia in the 1800s. For this reason, it was referred to as Russian gold, as Russians were the only ones who wore it. However, in the 1920s, a European jeweler fashioned an iconic rose gold ring for the famous writer Jean Cocteau, and this romantic gold hue experienced a burst of popularity. During the Art Deco period of the early 1930s, as monochromatic colors and stark geometric designs became the trend, platinum was the metal of choice for rings. However, the use of the metal was curtailed during World War II, when the U.S. government declared platinum a strategic material and forbade its use for any purpose other than war. Various shades of gold, including rose gold, reassumed popularity for engagement rings.

Celebrities often prefer the warm romantic hues of rose gold engagement rings. For example, when Ryan Reynolds proposed to Blake Lively, he presented her with an oval cut diamond in a rose gold setting. A halo diamond in a rose gold band symbolized the promise of Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp to co-star Skylar Astin. Dave Franco gave Alison Brie a round cut diamond in rose gold when they became engaged.

Advantages of Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Many people consider rose gold the most romantic of the engagement ring metals because of its pinkish color. Although white gold complements fair skin tones, and yellow gold complements darker skin tones, rose gold looks equally great on everyone. Rose gold is versatile when it comes to wearing various types of other jewelry or clothing. A rose gold engagement ring also stands out as unique and distinctive.

Rose gold rings never lose their wonderful warm rose color. White gold usually receives a thin plating of a metal called rhodium, which further whitens it and makes it more durable. However, the rhodium coating inevitably wears off after a few years, exposing the underlying gold and often making the ring slightly yellowish in color. You then have to take the ring to a jeweler to have the rhodium reapplied. Rose gold has no such plating, and so the lovely romantic color always remains on the ring without the need of maintenance. The copper in the rose gold also toughens it and helps prevent scratching.

Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings

A wide variety of settings are available for rose gold engagement rings. One of the most popular is the four-pronged or six-pronged solitaire setting. This setting highlights the beauty of a singular diamond, allowing plenty of light to pass through it.

The pave setting illuminates the engagement ring band with a multitude of tiny diamonds. The word pave, pronounced pa-vay, means "to pave" in French, and this setting paves the band with glistening stones. Adding an abundance of small stones around a rose gold band contributes significantly to the overall sparkle effect.

A halo setting frames the larger central stone with a glittering complement of smaller diamonds. These enhance the appearance of the center stone and increase the overall sparkle of the ring. A lovely rose gold band serves as the perfect background for a halo-illuminated gem.

The beautiful three stone setting symbolizes the past, present, and future of a couple's shared bliss. It features a larger central stone flanked by two smaller stones. Together the three stones provide enhanced scintillation, and a warm rose gold band adds to the brilliance.

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a central diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.

Rose Gold Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted rose gold engagement rings with diamonds in an assortment of shapes and cuts. The most popular are round brilliant cut diamonds, which have 58 facets that provide maximum sparkle and fire. Next in popularity are square or rectangular shaped princess cuts. Oval cuts offer elongated shapes that rival round cuts for brilliance. Emerald cut diamonds feature large table surfaces that provide strong reflections of light. Shaped like pillows, cushion cuts offer a classic appearance and scintillating radiance. Marquise cut diamonds, originally created to resemble a pair of lips, have a unique royal ambiance. Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have timeless elegance with their broad shoulders and delicate tips that point towards the wearer's heart.

To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.

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