In general, white and yellow gold shades are popular options for engagement rings but rose gold engagement rings are now being noticed by bride-to-bes because they evoke traditionalism and romanticism. Rose gold engagement rings come with a pinkish hue, but what exactly gives it that pink tint which makes it stand out from the rest of the conventional shades of gold?
Rose Gold Defined
Generally, pure gold is much too soft to be manipulated into jewelry so gold used for rose gold engagement rings and other jewelry pieces are actually metal alloys. The usual precious metals combined with pure gold to increasing its durability and strength includes silver, nickel, copper, and palladium.When combined, the proportions of the said metals will lead to the specific gold shade that needs to be used. In the case of rose gold engagement rings, it is combined with a higher amount of copper which gives it their pink tint. Because the natural color of copper is a burnt, rich red, it gives off a pink tinge when it is mixed together with silver and gold.
The usual combination of copper and gold that provides the finished metal a pinkish tint is 25% copper and 75% gold or one part copper and three parts gold. In some cases however, the percentage may vary since other manufacturers sometimes add small amounts of other metals such as silver to get the pinkish tinge they prefer.With rose gold engagement rings, the higher copper percentage, the darker the pink tinge with the gold’s karat value directly affecting the pink tinge. To illustrate, karat values of rose gold in the 18k range are lighter than alloys in the 10k range since yellow gold has a higher percentage which then decreases the copper tint.
Popular Styles Used for Rose Gold Engagement Rings
The unusual pink tinge that rose gold has, delivers a stunning contrast effect to conventional metals used in engagement rings. Common rose gold engagement rings styles include filigree engagement rings, Celtic engagement rings, Claddagh engagement rings, Mokume Gane engagement rings, and Inlaid engagement rings.
Filigree Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Filigree is defined as an ornamental and intricate design so it stands to reason that filigree rose fold engagement rings will have elaborate metalwork usually set in figural and symmetrical patterns. Filigree engagement rings are especially popular in antique and vintage engagement rings because metalwork was all the rage before the birth of modern techniques for jewelry making.The amount of filigree patterns incorporated in rose gold engagement rings will of course depend on the buyer, but filigree patterns are typically more pronounced on thicker ring bands. Likewise, gems can be incorporated in filigree engagement rings but will also be dependent on the intricacy of the design since one or the other will be overshadowed which will eventually tip off the beauty balance of the ring.
Celtic Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Celtic rose gold engagement rings are considered unique engagement rings because of the intricate knots it incorporates into the ring band. For the Celts, these knots actually symbolize the interdependency and interconnectedness of our lives and the meaning of the knots are different for each tribe. Additionally, the spirals and knots found and used in Celtic engagement rings be traced as far back as 3000 BC. So for couples who embrace tradition and romance, Celtic rose gold engagement rings are good options.
Claddagh Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Claddagh style rings are great choices for rose gold engagement rings since the heart symbol incorporated in all Claddagh rings typically incorporate pink gold, red, or rose-colored stones. Claddagh rings have three symbols which include the heart held by two hands and an elevated crown. The heart of course stands for love, the hands for friendship, and the crown for loyalty and fidelity. Claddagh rings are not really used just as engagement rings or wedding rings since it has different meanings depending on the way it is worn. Nevertheless, Claddagh rings are excellent choices when looking for unique rose gold engagement ring styles.
Mokume Gane Rose Gold Engagement Rings
The combination of different types of metals in Mokume Gane rings produces intricate patterns and for a more extraordinary look, rose gold is usually included. Mokume Gane means ‘wood grain’ which rightly describes the look of Mokume Gane rings. The technique was developed by master metalsmith Denbei Shoami and was first used for embellishing samurai swords. This technique produces a distinct pattern that appears to be random. However, these patterns are manipulated when the initial sheets of the metal are combined together. For example, an island pattern has whirls and loops, while a rivers pattern has striped waves. Likewise, the patterns may run crosswise or lengthwise.
Inlaid and Multi-tone Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Simpler engagement rings are usually made more special by incorporating one or several different types of metals for a subtler contrasting look. Because rose gold can go well with all metal types, it may be woven into striking patterns and knots that will result in unique multi-tone, rose gold engagement rings.
In addition, for multi-tone rose gold engagement rings, the rose gold metal can be used as edging on an engagement ring, for the rim of a ring with a bezel setting or for a ring’s crown. Likewise, for women who are more feminine than the usual girly girls, a great idea would be to have rose gold engagement rings with a pink sapphire center stone or a pink diamond center stone.