Choosing the right engagement ring is an important endeavor. Sure, trends come and go, but it is possible to choose something timeless; a ring you’ll love for a lifetime. With so many fine metals and styles on the market, we want to help you zero in on one of today’s most popular trends — Rose Gold — and provide a few reasons why you should, or shouldn’t consider it.
Delicate and lovely, rose gold is arguably more popular than ever. But what is it exactly? Well, because pure 24 karat gold is too soft for jewelry, it is often mixed with other metal alloys to make it more substantial and durable. Rose gold is a hybrid of pure gold and copper alloy. The alloy ultimately gives the gold a stronger backbone and the beautiful, pink-to-reddish hue. (The strength or subtlety of the shade depends on the amount of alloy used — more copper creates a deeper red.) Plus, rose gold is a great alternative to white gold for individuals with a nickel allergy.
Think a rose gold engagement ring may be in your future? Here are a few things to think about:
- Durability. Rose gold is actually more durable than yellow or white gold — due to the alloy process mentioned above. It also doesn’t require rhodium plate like white gold does.
- Cost. It’s surprisingly affordable!
- Versatility. Every skin tone looks great with rose gold. It’s complementary, and has vintage, antique appeal. It also looks great paired with other metals!
- Uniqueness. Because it’s seen so much less than platinum, white or yellow gold, rose gold (also called pink gold) is a great way to add originality to your engagement ring and make it stand out.
- Maintenance. Just like white or yellow, gold cleaner and a dry, soft cloth will treat your ring well. (You still need to bring it in every 6 months for your jeweler to ensure it’s in tip top shape!)
- Non-hypoallergenic. Due to the copper alloy, it may irritate some skin types.
- Availability. While it’s currently experiencing a surge in popularity, there will always be a greater selection of white or yellow gold rings available.
- Potentially Trendy. While rose gold has been well-loved since the turn of the century, it’s popularity tends to rise and fall. It may not be the safest option for individuals who desire longevity of style.
When it comes to fine jewelry, nothing is more beautiful than the meaning behind the piece. Choose something you truly love that will be a representation of you, and a lasting tribute to the love you and your partner share.