Post # 1
Not sure if I’m the only guy on here, but I’m hoping some of you friendly ladies can help a guy out.
I’m currently shopping for a ring for my girlfriend…well, not so much shopping anymore as I already chose and put a deposit on a ring this past weekend.
My girlfriend originally wanted a pink sapphire, but apparently you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than finding one of those. So then we switched to diamonds, and then she settled on a champagne diamond. Cool. Different, pretty, away from the atypical.
So I chose a C5 color grade 1.55 carat stone. My girlfriend wanted a white gold or rose gold solitaire. I prefer the rose gold, because I think the stone looks super nice when picking up hues of the rose. But I settled on white gold. I settled because the saleswoman who helped me said that rose gold is softer and if I were to do a rose gold ring, the setting would have to be white gold, because the white is a stronger metal for day to day wear. However, I strongly feel that the white gold setting would take away from the stone picking up the rose gold hues, and I just think it looks funky overall have rose gold, white gold, and the champagne stone. Too many colors.
Is there truth to this softer rose gold thing? Will the ring be at greater risk for everyday were if the setting were indeed rose gold? Help! 🙁
Post # 2
Meh. 18k rose gold is softer than 10k, but rose isn’t softer than yellow or white.
The Pros and Cons of Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Post # 3
greenc51: White gold is slightly more scratch resistant than rose gold because of the rhodium plating, but white gold will need to be replated every 1-2 (?) years or so. Rose gold is still a metal that is fine for everyday wear, idk what that lady is smoking, and it lasts a long time (I have my great grandma’s rose gold ring from the early 1900’s and it still looks amazing). I’m kinda biased because we went with rose gold because I think it’s prettier, and getting white gold replated fairly often sounded like a pain to me. I think if you like the rose gold better and will regret not getting that for her, then go rose gold
Post # 4
From my understanding of course the more pure the gold ex. 24k, 18k the softer the metal is, with any color. I have read that due to the rhodium pla on white gold that it does add a slight extra endurance or protection to rings, but very slight. All gold will wear away over time through scratches, having work done, just normal wear and tear. I personally love champagne diamonds in rose gold, I think they look gorgeous. You are the one paying not the salesperso, so make sure you get what you and your fiancé will love! Good luck!
Post # 5
1. the setting itself is the least damaged part of my ring–the part you damage most is the part of the ring under the finger, as you’re constantly knocking it against things.
2. get ring insurance, that way even if you are worried something could happen to the setting (and, worst case scenario, the diamond pops out and is lost) then you can just get it replaced. Ta-da.
FWIW my ring is 14 carat rose gold… not a speck of white gold anywhere.
Post # 6
Go with what you love. Lots of women wear rose gold and love it.
Even platinum, which may be considered more durable, can be damaged. Ultimately you have to care for your jewelry and insure it to cover for risk of damage.
Post # 7
Rose gold is so much prettier than white gold, I would go with rose gold for sure.
Post # 8
Do what feels right! I actually had white gold and just upgraded to a rose gold setting to match my DH’s and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I also had an incident early on where I kept shaking my diamond in the white gold setting (princess cut) and I found out from my jeweler that the rock is stronger than the white gold which is why I was actually making it looser (so not that strong, just don’t fidget) Also, wear and tear is normal, with any ring you’re going to want regular cleanings anyway.
Post # 9
I know someone with a rose gold setting and it is beautiful. Go with your gut and what you think your Girlfriend will love the most and what you think will look better. It will be on your GF’s finger, not the sales lady! 🙂
Post # 10
Get what you want. I bet they don’t have the rose gold in stock because it’s not as popular and don’t want to bother ordering it.
Post # 11
My ring has 18k rose gold prongs, its totally fine. Go with the rose gold and get the ring insured in case anything ever happens to it.
Post # 12
greenc51: Firstly I LOVE that you are here on this site doing this and how you have researched and show how much you care.
now I suggest you confide IN her mother or close friend and get them to chat about rings and say they have seen their Freind with a pretty rose gold ring and never thought rose gold woould work and always thought white gold the way to go- gauge her reaction.
However I tho l she sounds like a rose gold type of woman as she loves unusual and pinks from what she was looking for, also you loved it better and keep thinking about it so get on that phone and tell the woman what you want! Please post pics when it’s done and later what she thinks of it! Good luck 🙂
Post # 13
I wouldn’t say pink sapphires are that rare. Gemvara offers them in many of their rings.
Post # 14
ladycirtolthiel: Maybe they got confused with pink diamonds
Post # 15
Pink sapphires are rare in stores but you can find plenty online. You could also buy a loose one online to get it set. Don’t pay that much more for a second choice stone. If you don’t mind ordering online, I always recommend Brilliant Earth though there are plenty of good options out there. Plenty give you free and easy shipping and returns.