Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rose Gold + Rubies = TACKY??


Hi ESB -- So my boyfriend (I mean, FH) and I are in the middle of our long talky engagement process; we've decided to get married and have told  family and close friends about it, but no one Popped the Question and we haven't changed our facebook statuses or set a date or made any other public announcement. 

Now he is getting a ring made for me with a ruby from a ring that belonged to his beloved late mother. I was thinking a rose gold band would be cool, sort of a whole pinkish romantic deal. But the jeweler tells me this will clash and I should do white gold. A Google image search turned up a few antique examples of the ruby/rose gold combo, so I'm not a total nutjob, but maybe I'll only like it for a while and then realize I was being really weird/tacky? 

Thought I'd see if you, your commenters, or perhaps some of your jewelry-making friends had any thoughts on the matter. I've never really worn rings, so I'll probably go for a simple setting on a plain, thin band. 

thanks!

*****

Weird/Tacky vs. Gorgeous entirely depends on the color of the ruby + the color of the gold + THE DESIGN OF THE THING.

I say go find yourself another jeweler.

In related news: Would someone pls buy this Rose Gold + Ruby Lion Ring for his/her man right fucking now?? thx.


(Image 1: Rose Gold Ruby Ring circa 1840's via BathAntiquesOnline, Image 2: Rose Gold Lion Ruby Ring circa 1880's via ad antiques)

16 comments:

  1. dude. love rose gold and rubies! There are shades of rose gold (I think...I have been searching around and it seems that there are more pink and less pink golds) so maybe you can find one a bit less of the rose and then that will have the ruby pop more? I think it would look super warm and unique! I like the idea but you need to just find someone who sees your vision!

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  2. I would suggest doing an 18k rose gold ( brings out more of the yellow in the gold) so that it will still have rose undertones, but not be as coppery as 14k rose gold- which might look a little too pink. Most vintage bands that you see are 18k rose gold, its a little bit warmer on your skin tone as well.

    /l

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  3. agreed with ESB. it depends. i think if you go with a traditional (solitaire or the like) style for the ring, with the rose gold and ruby, it will be a beautiful contrast.

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  4. Not tacky at all. This guy has zero imagination. I think it would look awesome. Find another - Etsy might be a good place, as it is chock - full of off - beat designers.

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  5. I've got a diamond in white gold e-ring, which I understand is a whole nother ballgame match-wise- but my plain thin wedding band frocatbirds is the most beautiful shade of rose gold and looks great held next to some rubies I have. Rose gold comes in all different shades depending on the metal mix, as do rubies so you've got to experiment to see what works!

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  6. From catbird* godddamn phone

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  7. i have a vintage pinky ring in rose gold with rubies and its FABULOUS. but yes, it depends. the rubies in my ring are on the pinker side. if you have a warmer red, i'd go with a rose gold that is also a little bit warmer. if you pick a gold that's too pink in that case, your ruby might look a little orange.

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  8. I totally agree and in fact, I think that rose gold would look far better with rubies than white.

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  9. I think this also depends heavily on the undertones in the Ruby itself. They can really vary quite radically. I would say that if the ruby is really blue it would look kind of weird, that said, I'm really not a huge fan of a ruby against white...too jarring. Maybe also set it either VERY modern minimalist or more ornate. Trying to make a ruby look good in a standard "diamond solitaire" setting never works. Looks weird really...unless you were going to throw a few small diamonds in the mix.

    (end two cents)

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  10. My engagement ring is mandarin garnet with rose gold. I loved my jeweler and we was happily worked with the design I was looking for. I'm allergic to white gold and yellow gold is just a little too fancy for my taste. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oPrwyfdghf8/TRwCSXSLMAI/AAAAAAAAAHs/WrujxRTCSt0/s1600/020.JPG She decided to keep some of the white gold on top to give contrast. I like it and I think that's all that matters... whether or not you like it. I definitely think you need to find a new jeweler. Might I suggest going to a gem and jewelry show? That's what we did. We were able to meet a ton of different jewelers and find the best one for us... at the best price too!

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  11. I think it would look beautiful regardless of the shade of rose gold...
    I googled it, but have no idea how to shorten the links. Regardless, I thought that it looked more beautiful and show cased the stone far better than white gold or platinum.

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  12. Rose gold (and yellow gold) just don't let stones "sparkle" as much as platinum or white gold. That's the deal.

    Important to some, not to others.

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  13. I think rose gold and rubies would look AWESOME together ! My absolute favorite ring is a citrine set in really warm yellow gold (I wear it ALL THE TIME), which is the same idea as a ruby set in rose gold. It's monochromatic, sophisticated, and beautiful. Find a better / more creative jeweler.

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  14. I don't see why that combination could possibly be tacky. It's a bit different, but not tacky. As others have said, it's more about the shade of the ruby and rose gold as well as the design of the setting. Find something that you love, and I doubt you will grow to hate it and think you were a nutjob.

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  15. I got my engagement ring from Blanca Monros Gomez and she does some lovely pieces with rose gold and even has some ruby rings. here is one with rubies and yellow gold:

    http://www.blancamonrosgomez.com/#/Collections/Rings/ruby_dainty_band

    I have this same design as my engagement ring, but with diamonds instead of rubies

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  16. Rose gold is pretty trendy at the moment. You really want to consider weather or not you'll still love it years from now or not. If the answer is yes, you clearly need a more helpful and creative jeweler that will really work to find the right tone and setting for your stone. You may have to pay a bit more but if you're gonna wear the thing for the rest of your life, it's worth it.

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