Rose gold is a unique alternative for people who don’t want the more traditional yellow or white metals (i.e. yellow gold, white gold, platinum) on their engagement rings. While rose gold engagement rings are not as popular as those set on yellow or white gold, they are increasing in popularity among many couples due to the unique charm and elegance. They are especially popular in women’s jewelry.
Rose gold is not a natural color; it is achieved by mixing yellow gold with copper and silver. An 18 Karat rose gold ring, for instance, typically has 75% yellow gold, 2.75% to 4% silver, and 21% to 22.25% copper. This type of gold was highly popular in Russia in the 19th century and was widely called Russian Gold at the time. Now, it is just marketed as rose gold.
A higher-end version of rose gold is known as crown gold or 22-karat rose gold This type of rose gold has the highest gold content, containing about 91.667% (22 out of 24) of gold mixed with copper. Crown gold, however, is not recommended for jewelry because it is susceptible to scratches due to its high gold content.
It is worth noting that, although somewhat similar in appearance and color, rose gold is different from pink and red gold. While all three colors are achieved by mixing gold and copper together, differences in color results from the amount of copper mixed with gold.
While the amount of copper mixed with gold can vary, the amount of gold is still the same as yellow gold.
Due to their copper content, rose gold engagement rings are quite durable and are suitable for daily use.
Cost of Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Just like yellow or white gold engagement rings, the price of the ring is affected by the purity of gold. While the stone is still the most expensive part of the ring, you can expect a 14-karat rose gold band to be cheaper than an 18-karat rose gold band.
While 14K and 18K rose gold are the most commonly used in engagement rings, there are 10K (contains 41.6% yellow gold mixed with copper and silver) and 9K (contains 37.5% yellow gold mixed with copper, zinc, and silver) rose gold varieties available. These are commonly used in wedding bands but can also be used in engagement rings.
The cost of rose gold bands (without the stone) typically ranges from $100 to $700, depending on the gold content. It is better to know the price of a rose gold band separate from the actual engagement ring with the stone so you can properly calculate costs when shopping for a ring. This is especially useful for those who want to buy the diamond separately.
The cost of rose gold engagement rings (complete with the stone) can vary greatly depending on the size and quality of the diamond or gem used.
When calculating the average price of rose gold engagement rings, you can compare prices online or take a look a look at the current market price of gold. While the market price of gold is not the only factor that affects jewelry pricing especially in jewelry stores, it does have a significant effect in retail pricing as well.
Styles of Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Just like other engagement rings set in more common metals like yellow gold or white gold, rose gold engagement rings come in a wide array of styles. You can find virtually any style you want online or have a specific style custom made by a trusted jeweler. Whether you prefer the simple elegance of a solitaire rose gold engagement ring or the sparkle of a halo rose gold engagement ring with side stones, the options are endless.
A popular style in engagement rings is pairing a pink diamond with a rose gold band. This is because the rose color of the metal emphasizes the pink hue in a pink diamond. However, since pink diamonds are relatively rare and their appeal is highly subjective, most rose gold engagement rings available in the market use colorless diamonds. It is also common to use both rose gold and white gold in one ring especially in halo style engagement rings. In some styles, rose gold is used for the band and white gold for the stone setting.
Knowing the recipient’s ring size is important when shopping for an engagement ring. While you can always have the ring resized, it’s always better to get it right the first time. You can use a ring sizer to determine the size of the recipient’s ring finger. If you want the ring to be a surprise, you can print out a ring size chart and take one of the recipient’s existing rings for sizing.
Rose gold engagement rings can be customized to fit any size. In the US and Canada, ring sizes range from 5 to 10. The size is determined by diameter and circumference. If you are shopping abroad, you can use an international ring size chart or simply convert the US standard size to its equivalent in another country.