There are a range of metals to choose from when it comes to your girlfriend’s dream engagement ring. The most common are yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum. But which one is the colour for her?
Does it really make that much of a difference, you ask?
The answer to that is a resounding YES. The colour of the metal you choose can make the difference between a ring that looks classic or contemporary, trendy or traditional.
Never fear. Here are 5 actionable ways to determine what colour she imagines her dream engagement ring to be (and still keep your proposal a secret).
The precious metal options
There are three main colour groups that the precious metals sit under.
White gold and platinum are the most commonly used white metals in engagement rings, with palladium rising in popularity. They’re classic, easy to match and hold up to everyday wear and tear much better than sterling silver does.
Yellow gold has a warm, rich colour and is beautiful with champagne-toned stones and bright bold gems. Its popularity has waned since the 80s (your mum might have had a yellow gold engagement ring), but is now making a comeback and has become the metal of choice in many unique, untraditional pieces.
Rose gold, otherwise known as red or pink gold, has a feminine, peachy hue. Currently very popular, its soft pink colour makes it highly complementary to a wide range of skin tones.
How to choose her favourite metal colour
It’s time to get sneaky. Here’s what you do:
- Gather intel. First and foremost, check in with her friends. Her bestie may be able to tell you straight out and save you a bunch of stress, time and uncertainty.
- Raid her jewellery box. Sneak a peek at her collection when she’s not home to see which metal types she wears most frequently. She’ll likely want her engagement ring to match these pieces so she can wear them together. If she’s the kind who mixes and matches her jewellery, give greater weight to the colours she wears most often.
Tip for the bold: If she likes to mix her metals (wears silver with rose gold for example) you might want to consider a two-toned design. It’s a slightly riskier choice, but it’s a great way to create an unconventional, alternative engagement ring!
- Go window shopping. Head to the shops together and walk past a few jewellery store windows. Notice which pieces catch her eye. If you can, take a look inside and have her try on a few pieces under the guise of searching for a gift for your mum or sister!
- Play the spy game. This is a great one if you can gain access to her Pinterest account. She might have an inspiration board that reveals her preferences. If you manage to sneak a peek at her Pinterest account while she’s logged in, scroll down past her public boards to the “Secret boards” section. Check to see if she has any jewellery-related boards you can take some inspiration from.
- Go by her skin tone. Now this one is a little more technical. Take note of the veins on the underside of her arm. If they are blue, she has a cool skin tone. If they are green, she has a warm skin tone. Another way to tell is by how her skin reacts to the sun. If she tends to burn and turn pink, she has a cool skin tone. If she tends to tan first, she has a warm skin tone. Warm skin tones look great in yellow gold, rose gold and any of the white metals. Cool skin tones are well suited to white gold, platinum and rose gold.
If it all seems like too much to take in, don’t worry. You don’t have to work this all out by yourself! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or book a quick phone chat where you can ask all your burning questions about the process of designing an engagement ring.
Don’t be afraid to write an email that goes something like this:
Text: I have no idea what I want!
This happens more often than you might think. Get in touch and we’ll walk you through the process of designing an engagement ring that gets you that “yes”!