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Diamonds and Rose Gold: The Perfect Engagement Ring Pairing

Rose gold engagement rings have ancient roots, but today they are more popular than ever. In fact, many retailers report them as being one of their current best sellers. But what caused the rise of interest in rose gold rings? Although there could be many contributing factors ranging from the desire to choose something different to an interest in vintage style, one primary reason explains why rose gold engagement rings are so popular: they pair perfectly with diamonds. Rose gold rings provide an excellent compliment to the fire and brilliance of diamonds. For this reason, diamond and rose gold make the perfect engagement ring pairing.

Popular Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings

While rose gold engagement rings are incredibly popular, certain rose gold ring settings are true stars. Due to the rose gold resurgence alongside art deco style, many people find their favorite rose gold rings feature vintage styling. Vintage style rose gold rings often include hand engraved details or filigree. These elements add unique looks to rose gold rings that make even new rings feel classic and timeless. Additionally, though, rose gold works equally well with solitaire settings for the same reason. On the other hand, rose gold rings can bring exceptional beauty to modern engagement rings as well. One particularly popular choice for rose gold engagement settings is pave set engagement rings. This is due to the white sparkle of diamonds being amplified by the complimenting rose gold metal band.

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This pave set rose gold engagement ring combines vintage style with modern flair.

The Best Diamond Shapes for Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Choosing a rose gold setting is only half the battle, though. The next step in creating the perfect rose gold engagement ring is to decide on the best diamond shape. Since ros

e gold pairs so well with loose diamonds, almost any diamond shape will look great with rose gold. The choice here is really about matching the style to the person. Classic solitaire engagement rings obviously look gorgeous with brilliant cut round diamonds, but square shapes like princess cut diamonds work just as well. For vintage style rose gold rings, consider older cut style such as the Asscher cut or cushion cut diamonds. These diamond shapes will amplify the vintage appeal.

Not sure where to start shopping for engagement rings? Check out the Adiamor Engagement Ring guide today!

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Color Differences Between 14k and 18k Rose Gold

Rose gold, like most precious metals used for jewelry, is an alloy. This means that the gold is blended with other metals. In the case of rose gold, the alloy creates a stronger metal that is more durable. Since jewelry is often set with gemstones and diamonds, this is important for holding them in place. While 14k rose gold is “less pure” than 18k rose gold, it is actually both stronger and has a more desirable color. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about the color differences in 14k and 18k rose gold.

14K Rose Gold

When people think of rose gold, they often picture pinkish colored gold. These rosy hues are considered to be symbolic of romance. 14k rose gold is often the most desired due to the shade of pink. This color is created through the alloy. By blending gold with copper and other precious metals such as silver, the yellow gold takes on a more pink color. 14k rose gold, by definition, contains 58.5% pure gold. The additional copper creates a rosier, brighter pink color which is desired by customers. Additionally, the 14k rose gold is tougher and more resistant to damage; however, rose gold still requires the same amount of professional care including annual cleanings.

18K Rose Gold

The main attraction to 18k rose gold, then, is not the pink color. In fact, the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold mean that, when put side by side, the 18k rose gold appears more yellow. This is because 18k rose gold contains more pure gold. Like 18k white gold or yellow gold, 18k rose gold contains 75% pure gold. The result is a softer, more malleable jewelry metal that contains a higher quantity of gold and therefore costs more. However, despite the increase in price due to the larger amounts of gold, most people prefer the color of 14k rose gold.

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Many people prefer the more pink shades of 14k rose gold to 18k rose gold

When picking out a ring metal, it is important to understand what creates the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold. If you desire a brighter pink color, then 14k is the way to go. On the other hand, if the value of the gold is the main attraction, then 18k rose gold fits the bill. Either way, rose gold is a beautiful precious metal that is perfect for engagement rings and wedding bands, so it’s hard to go wrong. The ultimate choice is deciding which color rose gold is right for you. Learn more in our Metal Education center today!

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Rose Gold Rings Are Perfect For Fall Weddings

One of the reasons rose gold is such a popular color is the pinkish hues compliment skin tones. With such romantic coloring, its no surprise that rose gold wedding rings are rising in popularity almost as fast as rose gold engagement rings. However, whether you are the stunning bride or simply a wedding guest, rose gold is the perfect choice for fall weddings. The color plays well with autumn light, and it looks spectacular when paired with a diamond’s sparkle. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for more rose gold jewelry ideas for fall weddings!

Rose Gold Wedding Bands

The surge in popularity of rose gold engagement rings seems to be without end. While the trend picked up steam after Art Deco stylings saw a resurrection in the early 2010’s, it is no longer considered just a fad. With rose gold being so popular as an engagement ring metal, it’s no surprise that many brides favor matching rose gold wedding bands. Since the matched bands nestle perfectly alongside their engagement ring counterparts, brides do not have to worry about damage from the rings rubbing together. In addition to rose gold wedding bands being popular among brides, the color has seen a rising acceptance by men. Occasionally, it is even referred to as “bro’s gold” when used on men’s wedding bands and men’s accessories.

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Rose gold is seeing a rise in popularity that even extends to men’s wedding rings.

Rose Gold Pendants

In addition to rose gold rings being an excellent choice for a fall wedding, rose gold pendants are another excellent choice. While the rose gold itself is a beautiful color, adding diamonds takes rose gold to another level. The fire and brilliance of traditional white diamonds can really make a necklace a shining star. However, yellow gold can sometimes be seen as ostentatious. Therefore, rose gold has a subtle, classic elegance making it the perfect fall wedding accessory.

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This rose gold halo pendant setting is stunning with a marquise cut center diamond.
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Boutique Chic Rose Gold Rings

One of the hottest trends of recent years popularized by both celebrities and tastemakers alike is boutique chic. From clothing retailers such as Urban Outfitters to shoe companies like Toms, the most fashion forward are embracing a bohemian look that looks just as good at music festivals as it does at weddings. When trying to pair jewelry with this look, the most on trend option is rose gold. Chic rose gold rings can be paired with one of kind outfits that are perfect for every occasion.

Rose Gold on Saturday Nights

When heading out for a night on the town, a bohemian look works for hip restaurants and trendy bars. When looking for the right jewelry to match, rose gold is the perfect choice. Not only does the color flatter skin tones, it also has a vintage feel without feeling second hand or cheap. Additionally, many rose gold pieces are made with unique, handmade details. This blending of popular styles and classic aesthetics makes choosing a chic rose gold ring the perfect addition to any Saturday night outfit.

Rose Gold Wedding Rings

Rose gold is a versatile color which is why it is so popular for everything from smart phones to shoes. However, chic rose gold rings are making their appearance at more and more weddings, too. After the rise of rose gold engagement rings, many brides began pairing their unique engagement ring with a matching wedding band. Whether classically paired with diamonds in a pave setting or channel set in a modern style, rose gold wedding bands grow increasingly popular year after year. With their timeless look, these chic rose gold rings can easily be paired for every day styles. This makes rose gold an excellent choice for a wedding band.

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A modern engagement ring with channel set diamonds is one of many chic rose gold rings available

When looking for the perfect ring metal that can be worn with any outfit, there’s nothing quite like rose gold. Learn more about rose gold today on the Adiamor Metal Education page!

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Are Rose Gold Rings More Expensive Than Yellow Gold?

Before choosing an engagement ring metal, many people consider two primary factors: color and cost. Recently, rose gold has exploded in popularity. Although it has been used by fine jewelers for centuries, one reason so many people love rose gold engagement rings is because of the color. WIth a pinkish hue, rose gold is considered to be even more romantic than yellow gold. Additionally, many people find that rose gold rings are more flattering as they complement skin tones more so than traditional gold. Since rose gold is now one of the most popular choices for engagement rings, many people wonder whether it is more expensive than yellow gold.

14k gold vs 18k vs 24k

One of the most important things to understand about gold is understanding karat. Karat, which is not to be confused with carat, demonstrates how much pure gold is in jewelry. Carat, on the other hand, identifies the weight measurement of diamonds and other gemstones. When referring to jewelry such as rose gold rings, karat represents a percentage. Pure gold is represented as 24k, and this means the item contains 100% gold. 18 karat gold means 75% gold while 14k is 58.3% gold. The reason pure gold is rarely used in the creation of engagement rings or other fine jewelry relates to durability; pure gold is very soft and prone to scratches.

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A rose gold engagement ring

Gold Alloys

When jewelry gold is created, it is an alloy of pure gold and another metal. Typically, these metals include copper, nickel, silver, or zinc. In the creation of rose gold, copper is the predominant metal used. This is what gives rose gold rings their distinctive pink hue that makes rose gold so popular. However, this does not make rose gold more or less expensive than yellow gold. Since 14k or 18k rose gold contains the same amount of pure gold as 14k or 18k yellow gold, they are essentially worth the same as their counterparts. Additionally, white gold that contains 14k or 18k pure gold costs the same as either yellow gold or rose gold rings.

For more information on engagement ring metals, visit the Adiamor metal education page today.

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What’s So Great About Rose Gold Engagement Rings?

For the last couple years, rose gold engagement rings have been the most popular choice for trendsetters. Between celebrity engagements, the return of Art Deco style, and the hip decision to do things differently, rose gold made a huge comeback. However, there are many more reasons to choose rose gold rings than simply a different look. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to find out what’s so great about rose gold engagement rings.

Classic Style With A Modern Twist

While fine jewelers have been making rose gold pieces for many years, other industries are starting to follow suit. Electronics and cell phone companies are the most recent adopters of the pinkish color as the latest models of everything from laptops to headphones now feature rose gold colorways. In addition to looking great on a smartphone, rose gold elevated gadget purchases from tech trendy to fashion forward with the color’s connection to jewelry. Purchasing a rose gold laptop simultaneously displayed a sense of style as well as luxury. With the adaptation of rose gold colors in their products, Silicon Valley looked to give their products a sense of lavishness from the world of fine jewelry.

A Complimentary, Comforting Color

One of the reasons rose gold jewelry and products became so popular is the color is very complimentary of skin tones. The pink hues of rose gold mimic the way makeup is applied to provide color to the face. Therefore, rose gold provides a youthfulness that is very desirable, especially for the stylish. Additionally, researchers believe the tones provide peaceful reassurance. For this reason, many associate rose gold with a mindfulness that lessens stress.

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A rose gold engagement ring in a halo setting

Rose Gold Is Intentionally Different

While smartphones are simply given a coat of paint, the history behind the color might be driving its millennial popularity. Rose gold jewelry is created by mixing gold metal with copper. This intentional mixing of pure gold with lesser metals is a deliberate move to create something new. In this manner, rose gold jewelry stands out from the yellow gold crowd while maintaining its value as gold. In fact, both 18k yellow gold and 18k rose gold contain the same percentage of the precious metal.

While fashion trends rise and fall, rose gold has been a mainstay of fine jewelry for centuries. From its comforting properties and flattering tones to its luxurious look, rose gold is clearly a great choice for an engagement ring. Start shopping for the perfect rose gold engagement ring today!

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How Is Rose Gold Made?

Rose gold originally gained popularity in the United States and around the world during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s, but since then it has remerged as one of the most popular engagement ring metals on the market. While the resurgence of love of the Jazz Age has dwindled, vintage inspiration continues to dominate the design world. From musical festival fashion to television, the boutique chic look has evolved. However, rose gold engagement rings are still a favorite choice for everyone from celebrities to millennial couples. While this gold has timeless elegance which keeps it looking great year after year, many people are unaware of how rose gold gets its beautiful color.

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A vintage-inspired Rose Gold Engagement Ring

How Is Rose Gold Made?

Gold itself is a very soft metal, and therefore pure gold is rarely used in the creation of jewelry. However, in addition to its value, gold is sought after for creating jewelry because it will never rust or tarnish. Therefore, 24k pure gold is often alloyed with other metals for strength. There is a large number of metals that can be combined with gold for the purposes of making it stronger, including palladium, nickel, and copper. Each of these metals will make the gold more durable and resistant to scratching. However, alloying gold with another metal can change more the strength; it can also change the color. Alloying nickel with pure gold, for example, will create white gold. On the other hand, rose gold is made by mixing 24k gold with copper.

Is Rose Gold Still Valuable?

Although rose gold has a pinkish hue that produces its desirable, vintage look, many people are curious as to whether their rose gold engagement ring is as valuable as their traditional gold counterparts. The short answer is yes because a 18k gold ring will have the same amount of pure gold as a 18k rose gold ring. Both rings use approximately 75% of pure gold with a combination alloys to give the jewelry more strength. This means rose gold contains around 25% copper, although sometimes silver is also used to produce specific tones of rose.

Other Types of Rose Gold

At Adiamor, we carry both 14k and 18k rose gold metals for producing custom engagement rings and diamond jewelry, but these are not the only types of rose gold being made around the world. For example, the highest grade of rose gold, which is also known as crown gold, is 22 karat. A variation known as red gold is often found in jewelry throughout the Middle East. Red gold contains higher percentages of copper and less silver, so the color is less pink.

If you are searching for the perfect engagement ring, Adiamor carries styles that can any budget or look. Start designing your own custom rose gold ring today.

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What Metal Should You Choose for Your Ring?

Adiamor’s metal selection and extensive loose diamond supply makes it easy to create a unique, personalized piece of jewelry with any one of our many ring setting styles. In our blog, we’ve talked a lot about diamonds, but how does one choose the metal for an engagement ring? Refer to this guide to learn more about the precious metals we offer and the ideal uses for each.

The Timeless Beauty of Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold Rings

Gold in its natural yellow form has been a part of human culture since prehistoric times, with the earliest known gold artifacts dating to the 4th millennium BCE. Keeping this in mind, it’s not at all surprising that yellow gold has been the traditional choice for engagement rings and other fine jewelry for centuries. While white gold has risen to challenge sunny yellow in the last 80 years or so, the recent surge in the popularity of yellow diamonds has returned it to the top spot once more. The warm golden hue of the metal pairs seamlessly with these gorgeous canary stones as well as traditional white diamonds.

Where Does White Gold Come From?

White Gold Ring

The average person understands that gold is yellow, and even associates the two colors as one and the same outside of conversations about jewelry. Where, then, does white gold come from?

White gold is simply a variant of yellow gold that incorporates other metals to brighten and whiten it during the alloy process. Just as other metals must be added to create 14kt and 18kt yellow gold, the same takes place when creating white gold. The metals added to make the gold harder and stronger serve a second purpose of lightening the color. The resulting metal is a very pale yellow, and after casting it into a band or setting, the piece is plated with rhodium. Rhodium is bright white and reasonably durable, allowing your white gold jewelry to maintain its brilliance for many years. The plating can wear down over time, though, so it’s good to take your ring in for regular cleaning, maintenance, and replating to keep it looking its best.

White gold achieved popularity much more recently than yellow gold, first peaking in the 1920s. Its cool tones pair wonderfully with classic white diamonds, and white gold is often used to form the prongs that secure diamonds into yellow gold jewelry to avoid distracting the eye.

Rose Gold, aka Pink Gold

Rose Gold Ring

The warm, peachy hue of rose gold had made it a favorite among wearers with unique tastes and as a strategic pairing with different fancy-color diamonds and precious stones.

In similar fashion to white gold, many colors of jewelry-quality gold can be produced with the addition of specific metals and different plating processes. Some of these variants lower the quality or value (for example, most green gold is 10kt), but rose gold holds comparable quality and purity to yellow or white gold with the added benefit of an exotic, striking appearance.

To create rose gold, copper is incorporated into the alloy melt instead of nickel and other white metals, and its bright, rich color infuses the gold while also strengthening it for ideal jewelry use.

What’s the Difference Between 14kt and 18kt Gold?

Gold in its pure form is a very soft metal—it measures a mere 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, placing it in the same range as aluminum—and, as such, is much too malleable and fragile to use in jewelry without another metal like nickel mixed in to make it strong. The karat (commonly abbreviated as kt or K) is the unit of measurement indicating how much the gold’s purity is affected by the addition of these other metals, and how many parts pure gold versus other metals remain.

Pure gold has a karat measurement of 24kt, equal to 100% purity. Using these numbers as our base, we can deduce that 18kt gold contains about 75% pure gold to 25% other metals, and that 14kt gold contains 58-59% pure gold and slightly over 40% other metals.

Both purity grades are attractive and each has its own merits: 18kt gold is purest and most valuable, and the greater density of pure gold makes it a good choice for wearers who prefer jewelry with some tangible weight to it. By contrast, gold at the 14kt purity grade is stronger, more affordable, and more lightweight, making it the better choice for pieces with delicate design elements and multiple stones to secure.

Generally speaking, observers without in-depth experience in the jewelry industry can’t tell one from the other on sight, so it’s best to base this choice on your ring’s particular features and your needs as a consumer.

Platinum, the Height of Elegance

Platinum Rings

Of the metal types suitable for use in jewelry, platinum is the most valuable. It has a noticeable weight due to its high density that immediately distinguishes it from other white metals, and develops a unique patina over time that gives older platinum jewelry a beautiful lustrous finish.

Platinum became popular in roughly the same time period in which white gold came to prominence; its cool tone and brightness were wonderfully suited to the aesthetic of the time as affluent people began to wear jewelry composed of more and larger white diamonds. Platinum’s uniqueness and rarity make it an excellent choice when you wish to truly invest in a piece of fine jewelry.

To learn more about the metals we offer or for assistance in choosing the right metal for your setting, contact Adiamor anytime!