Did you know gold comes in colors? Yellow gold is the purest form while the other colors (red, rose, pink, purple, blue, green, white, black) are alloys. The purest form of gold is 24k. But it’s too soft to be used solo, so yellow gold jewelry is commonly 22k with trace alloys.
High-grade colored gold would be maybe 75% gold and 25% other metals, making it an 18k piece. So what are some top tips when buying rose gold engagement rings? Once you know what style your fiancée likes, start with karats, then move on to shape and type of gemstone.
Rose Gold Engagement Rings Buying Guide
Since you’re looking for tips to buy rose gold engagement rings, we’ll assume you’ve contacted the bride-to-be. (Or groom-to-be if you’re shopping for your man.) And we’re assuming they want rose gold, so that’s one hurdle down. So let’s look at 15 top tips to help.
Tip #1: Count the Karats
18k rose gold is often 75% pure gold plus 25% copper. But it might have other metals too. And these metals will affect the color of your ring. You may have seen memes about how men and women perceive color. For queer couples, color might be even more contentious.
So you may think you’re buying a rose gold ring when your fiancée sees it as pink (20% copper) or red (25% copper). 18k rose gold is most likely to be 75% gold, 22.5% copper, and 2.3% silver. If you can’t distinguish the colors on sight, ask how much copper is in the ring.
Tip #2: Consider your Beloved’s Skin Tone
In general, whiter metals work well on light skin while yellower ones are suited for dark skin. You can wear whichever metal you like, but that’s an overall assumption. It’s best if your beloved can try the ring and see how it looks on his or her skin. If not, carry a clear photo.
Ideally, it should be a hand photo. Because colorism aside, most of us have different shades on our bodies, and our hands could be three or four fenties above our faces. Show this photo to the jeweler so they can advise you on the best shade (and alloy proportion) of rose gold.
Tip #3: Pull your Beloved’s Finger
No, it’s not a practical joke – it’s a gentle gesture. And if you plan to surprise your intended, you’ll have to be sneaky. Try touching coyly as you caress their inner wrist. But don’t get distracted! Check the length between their knuckle and the joint between their fingers.
If their finger has a larger stretch between their knuckle and their ‘webbing’ then their finger needs a vertically elongated gemstone. Think emerald or marquise. Shorter fingers are flattered by shorter gemstones, so you can get a cushion-cut, halo, or solitaire ring for that.
Tip #4: Think About Aging
No, we’re not asking you to picture your beloved in old age (though you may consider it – beauty fades, love remains). But the ring will age too. Copper goes green over time. But rose gold affects that eventual discoloring. The shade will get darker as its patina develops.
Luckily, rose gold doesn’t scratch or dent as easily, so the ring will retain its gleaming shine. But if your fiancée is particular about the exact hue of her rose gold engagement ring. This way, as the ring darkens, s/he won’t have a crisis because the ring is the now wrong color.
Tip #5: Call your Beloved’s Doctor
Or their best friend. Or their dermatologist. Or their mother. Or their sister. Reason? Allergies. Copper rings can sometimes tint your fingers green or cause a rash. And rose gold engagement can have other metals too, like silver, zinc, nickel, and other trace elements.
If you really want the rose gold ring, you could have it lined on the inside with silicone or spacing beads. This prevents the allergenic metal from direct skin contact. You could also have the inner surface gold-plated (with purer, non-allergenic gold). Or just buy platinum.
Tip #6: Start with the Stone
Your intended will pay more attention to the stone than the metal, so pick that first. You might even have some family gemstones you’d like to repurpose (like Harry did). So you’ll need the right caliber and color of rose gold to go with that. And the cut matters as well.
Clear, step-cut diamonds may pick a seemingly blush tint from the metal beneath. So if you’re getting a diamond, it should be D to G to retain its tone. But if you’re fine with yellow diamonds, H to I are flattering hues. Otherwise, pick a different gemstone for rose gold rings.
Tip #7: Buy a Back-up
Engagement rings can be quite elaborate. So while they look and feel amazing, you may not want it in the wash. But then again, do you want your intended taking off their ring all willy-nilly? The world needs to know they’re taken! So it can be helpful to buy a doppelganger ring.
It could be a cheaper rose gold engagement ring for daily use. Or you could buy a twin ring so she can wear both her engagement ring and her wedding ring on the regular. Some jewelers will make you a clone ring from costume jewelry components so she can swap them at will.
Tip #8: Ask About Insurance
Your groom or bride may be the active type. So they won’t wear their engagement ring regularly and risk losing it. Clone costume rings are often indistinguishable (except for snobs and experts). So that solves it. What about the original ring – even when it’s locked in a box?
Talk to the jeweler about insurance options. Many partner with assessors and valuers to provide packages with preferential prices. You could also find out from your banker, lawyer, or asset planner. Also, if you’re doing a prenup, think about the ring. It can get contentious!
Tip #9: Think About Mixing Metals
You may have settled on rose gold because you thought it was cheaper than yellow or white gold. Or maybe your spouse-to-be just likes the hue. But you can elevate the elegance of that rose gold engagement ring. Visually, rose gold mixes well with both white and yellow gold.
Look at a few designs to broaden your perspective – it’s only a Google away. Play with shape, curvature, braiding, coiling, stacking, and gemstone positioning. Be sure the metals work well together without eroding each other or corroding your stones. Twisted rings are ideal.
Tip #10: Throw Some Words In
Separately, gold and copper are soft metals. Together, they’re much more durable. So if you’re buying a rose gold engagement ring, take advantage of that added ductility and strength … have the ring engraved. Keep in mind engagement rings have less real estate.
They’re more likely to be twisted or embellished because the focus is on the gemstone. Even if it’s on the plainer side, the metal band will probably be thinner than a bridal band. So keep the inscription brief – a nickname or special anniversary. Something to read at a glance.
Tip #11: Think About His/Her Chosen Era
Is your beloved into contemporary couture or is their aesthetic more retro? Do they follow the latest fashion trends or do they prefer thrifting in vintage stores and flea markets? This isn’t about budgets or class wars. It’s about the kind of rose gold engagement ring they’d like.
If they lean towards the oldies, you may be better off finding antique rings. It could be a cool surprise to go to a fair and ‘find’ the ring in a hidden corner, even if it’s pre-planned product placement. But for modern tastes, get your jeweler’s polishing rates – you’ll need them!
Tip #12: Talk to the Best Man/Maid of Honour
Some couples pick out engagement rings together. Others might prefer a quirky surprise proposal, whether it’s a grand event or a quieter date. Most of us know who our partner’s wing person. So if you’re unsure of what engagement ring to buy, you know who to ask.
The wing person knows what kind of outfit your beloved wants to wear at their wedding. They know your beloved’s general dress sense. Including jewelry. You don’t want to buy a ring they’ll never wear. So if their style is understated, don’t buy a showy ring. Or vice versa.
Tip #13: Avoid the Rumour Mill
Your intended (or their family and friends) may have … preconception about rose gold engagement rings. They may think it’s too trendy or modern. Your spouse-to-be may worry the ring will go out of date. They might even call you a cheapskate for getting ‘a pink ring’.
So in case it comes up, have your facts lined up. One, rose gold is just as valuable as yellow or white gold – the trick is in the karats. How so? Rings are evaluated by how much gold they have. So 14k white gold (25% silver) or 14K red rose gold (25% copper) could cost the same.
Tip #14: Follow Through!
Despite – or maybe because of generational wars (from boomers to zoomers), rose quartz is sometimes referred to as millennial pink. Depending on your fiancé, this could be a good or bad thing. If they’re fully embracing that palette and pantone, be ready to go all the way …
Blush wedding dresses or bridal blouses? Peach tuxedos? Fuschia tints in their wedding hair? Rosy themes throughout the big day? You may be boarding a train you can’t ride, so consider carefully and if you’re all in, go all in. Hide the ring inside a rose when you propose!
Tip #15: Blame the Russians!
(But only if you’re American. *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*) Context? Rose gold was first used by Carl Fabergé (yes, he’s Russian) in those famous eggs. So it was originally referred to as Russian Gold. That’s sure to impress your in-laws when they eventually try to call you cheap.
You could also name-drop Cartier’s famous trinity ring from the (nineteen) twenties. Rose gold engagement rings are favored by millennials for their versatility. They flow effortlessly from formal to casual settings. They also flatter a wider range of skin tones than yellow or white gold. So whether you’re emulating the czars or following fashion, it’s a smart buy.
Top 15 Rose Gold Engagement Rings
James Allen is a good source for genuine gold engagement rings. So here’s a list of our top fifteen favorites from their rose gold catalog. Remember, karats (k) are for gold while carats (ct) are for diamonds. All the rings on this list are at least 14k so that’s 42% copper. And the cost doesn’t include the gemstones, just the shank. So budget extra for the bling!
1. Two-Tone Venetian Engagement Ring – 18k
Rose gold engagement rings are usually 14k. But this 18k two-tone specimen has rose gold on the inside (it’s less allergenic) and white gold on the outside (since it resists scratches better).
2. East-West Pavé Cathedral Ring – 14k
To the novice, that stone looks emerald cut. And it is. Hence the East-West specification, because it sits sideways in a cathedral setting. The pavé shank adds style and resale value.
3. East-West Bezel Engagement Ring – 14k
Bezel set gemstones have a little less sparkle because the back is covered. Less light comes through, but it’s a safer setting for daily wearers. The stone stays snug even when you’re active.
4. Comfort-Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring – 14k
Emerald cut rings are fancy and elegant, so you may feel uneasy wearing one every day. This round ring is simpler and more casual. And its bezel setting protects the stone as you work.
5. Rose Gold Fishtail Engagement Ring – 14k
At the other end of the spectrum, maybe you don’t want a slim, low-fuss rose gold ring. Instead, you could grab this elaborately scalloped shank and almost a dozen diamonds on it.
6. Micropavé Engagement Ring – 14k
The previous ring has 11 diamonds in it. This one has 13. The main stone is flanked by a micropavé shank. It’s a knife-edge ring, meaning the outer shank is wedge-shaped.
7. Two-Row Pavé Engagement Ring – 14k
If your blingy beloved is to be truly impressed, consider getting them an additional grill. This ring has two rows of pavé gemstones flanking the claw-set primary stone. So nice and shiny!
8. Three-Stone Pave Ring – 14k
One stone in the middle held in place with four sets of double claws. Two more stones on the sides, this time held with single prongs. And two rows of pavé all around the shank. Nice!
9. Triple Row Pavé Engagement Ring – 14k
Seeing double? Try triple! While the gemstones on this ring only cover half the shank, they’re arranged in three rows on either side of the main cathedral gemstone. That’s a lot of sparkle!
10. Bezel Tiara Engagement Ring – 14k
Why not buy a princess ring for your princess bride? This one comes with its own tiara! The pear bezel stone seems plain and simple, but the 9 stones above it make such a pretty crown.
11. Intertwined Bypass Tension Ring – 14k
On a bypass ring, the sides of the shank don’t meet – they seem to ‘pass over’ each other and unite at the stone. This one is tension set for the perfect sparkle, with a pavé row underneath.
12. Half Bezel Knot Ring – 14k
For the pun-loving couple, this is the ideal way to tie the knot! The sometimes (safe but) boring bezel is embellished with a knot that extends to the shank of this richly symbolic ring.
13. Shared Prong Side Stone Ring – 14k
Thin shanks can still be elaborate. This ring has a rounded 2mm band but it’s got the stones! Six marquise side pieces sit next to the main stone, making the entire band seem encrusted.
14. Half Moon Flush Fit Engagement Ring – 14k
Flush-fit rings sit flat against your skin but might be rounded on the outside. For this ring, the center stone has a half-moon stone on either side. The band is closer to red than rose.
15. Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring – 14k
Sometimes, the band outshines the bling. Like in this ring. The comfort-fit shank is twisted into bamboo stalks separated by four sets of three-stone pave. The thickness is 2.5 to 4mm.
Which rose gold engagement rings are you currently exploring? Tell us in the comments!