Rose gold engagement rings have become a popular choice for many brides over the last year or so, and for good reason. With a distinctive copper hue that sets itself apart from yellow gold and cooler metals such as platinum and white gold, this metal is both romantic and soft. It can also be used in a variety of ring design styles, from classic to modern; bold to minimal.
What makes rose gold diamond engagement rings such a lovely choice for brides who are seeking something romantic and elegant, and what sort of designs work the best in this metal?
Choosing Rose Gold Diamond Engagement Rings
As with many other trends in the world, jewellery trends are linked to colour, fashion and even interior trends. Metals such as copper and rose gold have been seen in many forms, from décor all the way to subtle jewellery, watches and warm colours, such as Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2015, Masala – a rich shade of red orange. Warm hues such as blush, rust and copper have also appeared in numerous fashion lines. When it comes to jewellery, and particularly, rings, rose gold pairs very well with diamonds, resulting in a modern yet vintage look that has all the appeal of a classic ring style.
Some of the styles that you could consider in rose gold include the following:
- Minimal. This type of ring is characterised by a fine, thin band, which can be hammered or smooth; and a single stone placed within a delicate, simple setting. Shapes such as teardrops, round stones or even triangles work well with this design. The trick here is to aim for a very understated look rather than trying to add too much detail. Plain bands with tiny stones set into the metal also work well for minimal styles, provided the stones are small enough to not overpower the band.
- Classic. Just about any classic design will work well with rose gold used in the band. Solitaire, clusters, oval cut, larger stone flanked by smaller stone… the choices here are endless. If you wear a lot of simple colours and favour a classic wardrobe filled with black, grey, white and neutral items, this metal will be a good choice. It is versatile to complement most other jewellery and can even be worn with certain other metals for a two tone effect.
- Two Tone. On that note, the two tone style is another option that is popular in recent years. Rose gold works very well with platinum and white gold especially, but can also be paired with yellow gold or even green gold for something bolder and more striking. It is best to think carefully about whether you will still like this style in a decade, and also about which stone you will choose for the setting. Diamonds of course work the best, as they do not have any colour, but a pink or gold toned stone may also work well.
Just like any other ring style and band choice, it is best to do some homework beforehand so that you have an idea of how you want the ring to look. Search online, look at bridal magazines or speak to a local jeweller so that you know how you would a basic style in mind. This will make it far easier to find your perfect choice of engagement rings.
You’ve waited for the big question to be popped, you’ve said yes and you may even have walked down the aisle, but now that you have a gorgeous engagement ring on your finger, you will need to take extra special care of this precious item.
Unlike many other pieces of jewellery that may be valuable but lack major sentimental value or importance, this ring is a symbol of your partner’s love, commitment and dedication. Keeping your ring clean, maintained and safe is therefore essential to ensure that nothing can tarnish your ring over the years.
How to Look After Diamond Engagement Rings
What are some of the things that are needed to care for diamond engagement rings properly? For starters, here are a few tips to remember…
- Get your ring insured. This may sound like stating the obvious, but ring insurance is absolutely vital to provide protection against rings being lost, stolen or damaged. Very often, especially in the case of a custom designed ring, replacing such a valuable item is virtually impossible. While taking care of the ring will help you prevent such a risk to some degree, insurance is still a must. You should also consider having the ring appraised every few years, as the price of diamonds, gold and other precious metals increase over the years. This way you will be able to cover the ring for its current value, rather than its value of a decade before.
- Don’t remove your ring in public. Losing your ring when it’s taken off while you wash your hands out in public is something that is all too easy to happen. To make sure that there are as few chances of this happening as possible, get into the habit of keeping your ring on when washing your hands at restaurant, bars, public restrooms and even out at friends or relatives.
- Keep your ring clean. You may also want to consider taking your ring in to your jeweller for a professional steam clean rather than cleaning it yourself. While it is possible to keep rings clean by using gentle soap and hot water, different minerals and metals react differently to cleaners, which makes it hard to know whether you are using the right product on your ring or not. Either ask your jeweller for their advice, or take in every few months for a proper clean.
- Avoid needless wear and tear, as well as harsh chemicals. Even though diamonds are incredibly hard, they are still not immune to chipping or wear and tear. Over the years, repeated daily activities such as dishwashing, work, cleaning and other conditions will start to affect the quality of the stone, while chemicals such as bleach can affect the colour and shine of the stone. Remove your ring when using harsh chemicals for cleaning (only around the house, of course, and be sure to put the ring somewhere safe!) and take care not to knock it against any hard surfaces or materials.
- Schedule annual maintenance appointments with your jeweller. Over and beyond cleaning, it is recommended that you book annual maintenance appointments at your jeweller to have the ring checked. This will ensure that prongs are tight, stones are not loose or broken and no hairline cracks have developed. This will prevent small problems from becoming larger (more expensive) problems, and will make sure that your ring stays beautiful throughout the years ahead.
To find out more about caring for engagement rings or having your ring professionally cleaned or repaired, visit Cape Diamonds today and book a consultation with our highly skilled jeweller, Joel Graham.