If you’re getting ready to drop to one knee and pop the question, it’s probably time to purchase an engagement ring. With so many possibilities out there, this can be an intimidating prospect. The good news is that brides everywhere love the look of rose gold engagement rings. Because rose gold has been around since the 19th century and is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, this beautiful metal is uniquely considered both classic and trendy.
Rose gold is an alloy of two metals, usually 75% gold and 25% copper, that results in a romantic blush tone. It is stylish, durable, attractive, affordable, and matches nearly all skin tones – making it a great option. The durability of copper is a major benefit for rose gold engagement bands. Yellow or white gold is softer and more prone to damage from daily wear and tear, whereas rose gold will hold up better over time. The only downsides are that rose gold isn’t hypoallergenic and can be harder to find, thereby impacting your overall ring style selection. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of options out there to choose from.
Is a rose gold engagement ring worth more than gold?
It depends. Because copper is less expensive than gold, some might assume that a rose gold engagement ring is a more affordable option. However, this is complicated because pure gold (24 karats) is rarely used to create wedding jewelry. Ultimately, the percentage of pure gold contained in any type of gold alloyed ring – rose, yellow, or white – determines the relative cost.
For example, if a yellow or white gold ring – which are both alloys of pure gold and other metals – contains 18 karats of gold, it is going to be worth the same as a rose gold ring that also contains 18 karats of gold. Interestingly, using more copper and/or lower karat gold in a rose gold alloy actually produces a stronger blush tone; because of this, rose gold rings may tend to be more affordable since they might use lower karat gold for this reason. Perhaps more notably, because of rose gold’s darker hue, it is often recommended to select a diamond that is lower on the color scale. This can save significant money for couples with budgetary concerns.
Rose gold engagement rings are a beautiful and unique option for brides-to-be, but ultimately, there is a great deal of personal preference involved in choosing the right engagement ring. Whether you opt to go ring shopping as a couple or venture out on your own for a surprise ring presentation and proposal, The Knot offers hundreds of rose gold engagement rings to browse through, along with a wider variety of dreamy engagement rings to explore. Simply use our online tools to sort by metal choice, stone shape, ring style, and preferred designer to find the perfect one for you.