Rich rose gold has permeated all aspects of life: think tech, home decor, and even hair. But nowhere is the staying power as apparent as in the enduring popularity of the rose gold engagement ring trend. "Rose Gold has become more consistently popular as people have grown in confidence — it’s now a serious contender against yellow, white gold and platinum," explains jewelry designer Rachel Boston. "For so long clients wouldn’t choose it because they worried it was a trend and not timeless enough for an engagement ring. It’s proven that it's not going anywhere!"
Rose gold delicately straddles the line between timeless and trendy; it’s a unique alternative to traditional metal options, but it’s subtle enough to not look dated as time goes on. It’s the ideal engagement ring for those looking to depart from the ordinary without venturing into territory too extreme or daring.
"Rose gold naturally compliments all skin tones and adds a modern classic flair to every piece, which is why it is its popular and here to stay," jewelry designer Katherine Kim of KATKIM confirms.
Plus, as mixing metals becomes increasingly trendy, rose gold becomes a powerhouse player in creating the perfect stack. "Rose gold looks great when mixed with white metals, like platinum," says jewelry designer Ashley Zhang. "I love to set step-cut diamonds, such as the emerald cut or asscher cut into rose gold because they aren't a common choice, but they look stunning in contrast with the pink tone of rose gold. Rose gold will always be a popular choice for someone who wants to have a ring that is less conventional and unique."
As designers have continued to debut rose gold styles, celebrities have also eschewed traditional yellow gold and platinum. Blake Lively, Taraji P. Henson, Alison Brie, and Leighton Meester are just a few of the famous brides who sport blush-gold bling on their left ring finger.
Blake Lively’s Lorraine Schwartz-designed 12-carat oval diamond sits on a rose gold micro-pavé band. You can find similar options to Lively’s, such as Zameer Kassam’s Balloon Ring, starting at $4,900, which features the option of placing hidden gemstones inside the band for an added personal touch. (You and your partner’s birthstones, perhaps?) Ring Concierge also offers an elegant oval diamond ring with a rose gold pavé band à la Lively.
Taraji P. Henson's sparkler shows how classic-looking the trend can be, showcasing a round brilliant rock against a simple rose gold band. The timeless Tiffany Setting is an obvious option for emulating Henson's ring. You can also get the look with Cartier’s 1895 Solitaire Ring in 18K pink gold. For a more budget-conscious option, Vrai & Oro’s The Solitaire is perfectly timeless and starts at $3,853.
Alison Brie wears a ring designed by Irene Neuwirth, which features a round rose-cut diamond center stone encircled by a rose gold double halo. Ben Bridge makes a similar style that couples a morganite center stone with two halos of pavé diamonds and a sleek rose gold band. The Casablanca setting designed by Douglas Elliott for Marisa Perry boasts a similarly vintage aesthetic to Brie’s ring. Bario Neal’s Quince Diamond Halo Ring, on the other hand, is a slightly more modern take on the rose gold and halo look.
Leighton Meester’s is a 4-carat cushion-cut stone encased in a contemporary rose gold mounting with bezel-set side stones. Theresa’s Ring by Michelle Oh is an elegant option if you’re wanting to channel Meester’s modern, minimalist ring style. The center stone is edged in rose gold and the delicate rose band is studded with two small diamonds on either side. Single Stone’s Christina ring captures a similar simplistic aesthetic but taken up a notch with its European-cut center stone accented by large bezel-set diamonds all along the band.
If the above highlights anything at all, it’s the surprising versatility of a rose gold engagement ring. Whether your aesthetic is staunchly classic, romantic and vintage, or leaning more to modern and simple, there’s a rose gold ring that will suit your personal bridal style. Continue below for even more stunning examples of why you should think pink.