I’ve had engagement rings and wedding bands on my mind lately. Scratch that, I think I need an intervention. I am completely obsessed with discovering beautiful new settings, cuts, and metals. After almost 20 years of photographing weddings, we’ve practically seen it all when it comes to the ring. Recently however, we’ve noticed a new trend popping up all over: the rose-gold engagement ring. “Rose gold engagement ring!” you might exclaim, a reasonable response to anyone who is accustomed to seeing the platinum, gold, and white gold metals that typically adorn the ring fingers of our friends and family. Featured in a recent issue of The Knot and now appearing on almost every woman’s Pinterest wedding board, the value of the rose gold wedding ring goes way beyond its unique and timeless beauty. The varying hues of pink available allow a bride-to-be and her fiancé to choose which shade will work best to compliment her other jewelry. A light rose gold ring (created by mixing only a small amount of copper with yellow gold) will effortlessly blend well with both gold and silver jewelry alike, eliminating the hassle of trying coordinate your accessories with your ring.
The moment after a proposal, the ring quickly becomes one of a bride-to-be’s most valued possessions. That being said, she would be crazy to let it out of her sight, let alone take it off her finger for an instant. In the midst of all her bliss and wedding planning though, she might not notice that occasional irritation and redness that many women with a slight nickel allergy fall victim too (not to be confused with the “seven year itch” as one Wall Street Journal writer jokes). Statistics say the number of women with a nickel allergy in North America is between 24-36%. That number is astounding! The allergy isn’t something you are necessarily born with, rather many men and women develop an allergy to this metal after prolonged exposure. All different types of metals can contain trace amounts of nickel, but it is most commonly found in white gold and gold-plated metals, thus, rose gold is becoming increasingly popular because it is hypoallergenic. Taking this into consideration, we encourage you and your fiancé to consider different metal types when talking about engagement and wedding bands and to check with your jeweler about the nickel content of each band before making any purchases. After all, what woman wants to have to leave their ring at home? A little bit of sparkle is always the best accessory.
Rose gold is also a hugely popular trend among celebrities (though their sparkle usually isn’t so little), with stars like Blake Lively, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panetierre, Lauren Conrad, and Katie Holmes (pre-divorce from Tom Cruise) rocking (pun intended) the gorgeous style. While we’re dying to photograph a bride with one of these pink beauties, we love how each of our beautiful brides has a special ring that reflects her personal style and symbolizes the love between the couple. That’s why we consider the ring shot such an important photograph to capture and cherish! Here are some of our favorites for you to ooh and ahh over. See more on our Pinterest board.
The classic ring and invitation shot.
Special boxes and trays that instantly add extra charm.
Custom engravings are so special, and the combination of ring and rose is stunning.
Consider personalizing your ring shot to fit your hobbies, interests, or wedding theme as these brides did.