What Is the Best Diamond Color for Rose Gold Rings?

bride photoFinding the right engagement ring can be a very difficult matter. Especially for a lady with taste, the choice should not be made too easily, as the engagement ring will probably remain in her memory forever. It becomes even more challenging when you want to give a diamond ring as already the choice of the diamond confronts you with a multitude of decisions. In recent years rose gold engagement rings have become more and more popular, which is why I am often asked which diamond color fits best. In the following I will explain what you should pay attention to so that your engagement ring still looks good in 10 or 20 years.

But why does it make any difference which diamond to buy if I want to combine it with a rose gold engagement ring? Where can I find rose gold rings? Shouldn’t I always look for the best diamond, which means in the best case a colorless diamond?


The value of a diamond

To answer your questions, let’s take another step back and let me explain to you some basics about the quality of diamonds. Diamonds are classically valued according to the 4 C’s, which determine the value of a diamond. The 4 C’s stand for clarity (the purity of the diamond), cut, carat and its color. To answer your questions, we will focus on the last of the 4 C’s, the color. The color of a diamond is given on a scale from D to Z, where D stands for a very clear white. Diamonds that are classified as D by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) appear colorless. Even experts find it difficult to distinguish between a D diamond and an H diamond with the naked eye, as these color grades are the highest quality of diamonds and appear practically colorless. Diamonds between I and L are still bright white, but especially in larger sizes a slight shimmer may be noticed. From M, such diamonds a slight yellowish shimmer is perceived, up to Z, where a clear yellowish tinge is visible, the quality of the diamonds decreases more and more. Since the price difference between a diamond of color grade D or E and a diamond of grade M or N is extremely large, the color grade is a way to save money when buying a diamond.


The right diamond for your engagement ring

How does this knowledge help you now to find your matching diamond? Since you are looking for a suitable diamond for a rose gold engagement ring, fortunately the color of the diamond is not as important to you as in other cases. Note that the more colorless the diamond is, the more exponentially the price increases. By choosing a rose gold engagement ring, you will save a lot of money, as you will not have to choose an E or F diamond according to GIA classification.

The reason for this is simple. The beauty of a diamond comes from, among other things, the fact that it reflects light and reflects its surroundings. Due to the color of the engagement ring, the colorlessness of the diamond will play a lesser role. Because even a K diamond can look great on a rose gold engagement ring. Depending on your taste, even a diamond with a yellowish tinge can look good, because when combined with the rose it gives the ring as a whole a different charm. Especially if your financial means are limited, an engagement ring with a GIA category L, M or even N diamond can still look good.


Solitaire ring or not?

However, it is important that your engagement ring not only depends on the color of the diamond but also on whether it should be a solitaire ring or not. A solitaire ring is a ring that has only one single brilliant-cut diamond in a claw setting. With this classic variation you do nothing wrong because many women today still appreciate solitaire rings as engagement rings. By choosing a rose gold solitaire engagement ring, you combine the classic with something modern and take a good middle course. However, if you don’t choose a solitaire ring, but rather fill your ring with several diamonds, then you should make sure that the diamonds are all in the same GIA color category, otherwise, the different yellow tones might stand out. If the fiancé notices the different shades of color, you have saved in the wrong place. An exception is the choice of a colorless diamond in the middle, accompanied by two yellowish diamonds left and right there. Here, the different colors of the diamonds can be used to emphasize and highlight the purity of the middle diamond. To make this variation visually appealing, however, you will have to spend a lot of money on the middle diamond, as a color grade of D, E or F is recommended.

The Importance of Diamond 4Cs

newly wed photoThe claw

Equally important is the color of the claw. A golden claw can be a good choice for a cheaper diamond, because the already yellowish diamond will appear in a golden light due to the golden reflection and every observer will attribute its yellow shimmer to the gold. If you should decide on a silver claw you will have to spend more money on the diamond, because the light silver color tone also demands a higher quality diamond.


Do not forget the right cut

Remember the 4 C’s? So far I have mainly explained to you what to look for in terms of color when buying diamonds. However, the 4 C’s are interrelated and the cut of the diamond influences how much its color comes out. Since the cut of the diamond is related to how strongly the color of the diamond is revealed, you should make these decisions together. Never underestimate the importance of the cut: a cheap diamond with the right cut can look better than an expensive diamond with the wrong cut.


Should you decide on one of the cheaper diamond colors, for example a category K diamond, you can optically enhance it with the appropriate cut. Round shapes are best for hiding the color. Princess cut, emerald cut and Asscher cut diamonds, on the other hand, bring out the true color of a diamond. So if you want your engagement ring to have one of these three cuts, you should choose a diamond from a higher color category. In combination with a rose gold ring, a diamond in the color category F to I should still be sufficient. If you act according to the motto “form follows function”, then you can buy a round cut diamond with color grade K in good conscience.



The two remaining C’s

As you may recall, two of the four C’s remain unmentioned so far. For one of the last two C’s – carat – the explanation is simple. The more money you can save on the color grade of your diamond, the more money you can invest to buy a larger diamond. Note, however, that the larger diamond tends to yellow more quickly. This means that as the size of the diamond increases, you will tend to have to resort to better quality, which in turn makes the diamond exponentially more expensive. Again, you have to find the best middle ground. The last of the 4 C’s stands for clarity and describes the purity of the diamond. However, the question of purity is not affected by the choice of the rose gold engagement ring and here it still applies that you make the best of your money with a diamond of the purity line VS1, VS2, SI1 or SI2. Diamonds of a clarity level above this, for example VVS1 or VVS 2, will not make a difference in combination with a rose gold ring, but will cost considerably more money.




In summary, you may have unknowingly saved yourself a lot of money by deciding to buy a rose gold engagement ring. A much cheaper K category diamond will look as good on a rose gold engagement ring as an E category diamond, as long as you make sure you choose the right cut and the right claw. If you have limited financial resources, choosing a solitaire ring will be the right choice for two reasons: first, you only need to buy one diamond instead of the usual minimum of three, and second, you can buy a cheaper diamond because the color grade is less important in a solitaire ring than it is in multiple diamonds on a ring. A J-M color grade diamond will look great on a rose gold engagement ring and with the money, you save you can increase the carat of the diamond. So with the classic version you are doing everything right here! Remember that you should not choose cut, color or size in isolation. If you follow these tips, you will find the matching diamond to the rose gold engagement ring and avoid spending a lot of money unnecessarily.