A rose gold engagement ring or wedding band is all the rage these days.
Jewelers and designers are creating the most beautiful rings and happily adding the pinkie gold tones to their palette of colors.
Yellow and white gold have reigned supreme for so long that is was high time for their rose cousin to enjoy some time in the spotlight.
Engaging Tidbit: Of course the famous rose gold and platinum engagement ring that Katie Holmes received from her now-ex (Tom Cruise) probably has a lot to do with the pinky metal's renaissance.
Rose gold offers an interesting contrast to the traditional colored metals and can add a lot of impact like in the well-known Cartier Trinity Ring shown above.
Rose gold engagement rings are nothing new. They've been around for a long time and were a particular favorite in the Victorian era. Rose colored metal is also commonly found in traditional style Celtic, filigree and Claddagh rings.
The rose and pinky tone works well with every color gemstone especially when paired with white diamond accents. All of these rings come courtesy of Gemvara who is the only jeweler we know that offers a rose gold option on all of their designs which you can fully customize with any gemstone or diamond.
Rose, like white and yellow gold that's found in jewelry are mixtures of pure gold and other metals.
In its pure form (24K) it's much too soft to be used alone, especially for engagement rings that are worn every day. Even when your dentist uses the precious metal for fillings or crowns, it's a combination of other metals that make it durable.
We've all seen markings of 18K, 14K etc... what that actually means is that out of the 24K (which is pure gold) you have 18 parts that are and 6 remaining that aren't or in the case of 14K, 14 that are and 10 that are alloys and other metals.
And it's these other metals (or alloys) that are added that produce the final color. So, if a ring's gold has a heavier concentration of white metals added you get white gold and if they add more copper you get these wonderful rose tones.
And, depending on the proportion of copper you get different shades and hues of rose gold, that's why you often see different colors ranging from pale pink tones to rich deep roses.
In terms of value, all three cost about the same although some say that rose gold can be more expensive due its rarity. We haven't found that to be the case.
Given the interest and excitement over rose gold engagement rings in the last few years, many jewelers are now offering their designs with a rose gold option. The old days of just yellow and white are over!