5 Things You Might Not Know About Rose Gold Engagement Rings
1. Russian Gold
Although rose gold looks like a modern trend, it has actually been around for centuries. Peter Carl Fabergé originally used the pink-tinted metal to craft jewellery for the Russian royals, but it wasn’t until the 1920s when Cartier created their signature trinity band (three entwined plain bands of white, yellow and pink gold) that rose gold ascended to mainstream popularity. Soon after that, the Art Deco movement returned to materials such as platinum, causing white metals to reassume their position as a top choice for engagement ring metal.
If there’s one image that pops to mind when we hear the words rose gold engagement ring, it would have to be Blake Lively’s legendary 2ct oval-cut diamond ring celebrating her marriage to husband Ryan Reynolds. While Lively radiates Old Hollywood glamour, she’s also a woman of her time and an undeniable Millennial icon. Remember rose quartz (Pantone, 2016), ubiquitously known as “millennial pink”? For years this signature colour dominated everything from fin tech to wedding dresses, not just for its trendiness but also for its associations with dreaminess, optimism, and passion. Lively’s rose gold engagement ring may not have introduced this delicate blush pink into the current fashion, but it certainly established rose gold as the must-have colour for all contemporary and romantic brides.
Celebrities and cultural figures have long turned to rose gold as a personal favourite accessory. French filmmaker Jean Cocteau wore a Cartier trinity ring, and Audrey Hepburn treasured her two wedding bands from husband Mel Ferrer, one in white and one in rose gold, always wearing each individually. Lively’s co-star from Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, was also proposed to with a stunning diamond ring bezel-set in rose gold. Mad Men actress Alison Brie’s engagement ring from Dave Franco was a vintage-inspired double halo rose gold piece flaunting a 3ct round diamond.
3. Blush on the outside, strong on the inside
Even though it can’t beat platinum in terms of hardness, rose gold is more durable than its yellow and white counterparts. 24ct gold is much too soft to be used in jewellery, so gold must be alloyed with other more durable metals, and it’s these combinations of metal that give rose gold its colour and hardness. 18ct rose gold is typically a mixture of gold, copper and silver, giving it both strength and its desired soft rosy colour. The more copper, the deeper the rose hue. The more silver, the paler the pink colour.
4. Ageing beautifully
All metals darken with time and many jewellery lovers are fascinated by the more intense and luminous hues of pink that rose gold takes on as it ages. No wonder it’s the preferred colour for vintage engagement rings—over time the copper within the metal darkens, offering a richer blush of pink to the ring, giving it an unmistakable antiqued patina.
5. Men’s choice
While rose gold is an obvious choice for many Old World fanatics and vintage glamour brides, rose gold has been conquering the male jewellery market, too. Many grooms-to-be opt for a bespoke wedding ring design, using it as a creative opportunity to mix rose gold with platinum or craft the band in solid rose gold. While it is first and foremost an aesthetic and artistic choice—not to mention deeply personal—rose gold has the advantage of being more durable than white or yellow gold, making it the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t want to worry about maintenance and wants a ring that can keep up with an active and adventurous lifestyle.