Determining Which Ring Metal is Right for You

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when shopping for an engagement ring is your choice of precious metal. Your choice of precious metal will affect your ring’s style, how practical your ring will be for your lifestyle, and how flattering your ring will be against your skin. So, as you weigh your precious metal options, you’ll want to consider all three of these factors. And to help you do that, we’ve written this guide to determining which ring metal is right for you. Below, we’re going over the style, practicality, and undertone of your four precious metal options: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.

Yellow Gold

Style

Yellow gold is a traditional precious metal that’s loved for its classic look. Yellow gold wedding bands and engagement rings have a gleaming golden beauty that’s simply timeless, making them a great option for anyone with a classic sense of style.

Practicality

In general, yellow gold is a very durable precious metal that’s great for everyday wear. But when you shop for a yellow gold ring, you’ll have to decide on your gold karatage, which will affect your gold jewelry’s durability.

Gold karat, not to be confused with diamond carat, is a notation that tells you how much gold is in a gold alloy. Pure gold is 24 karats, but pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry. So almost all of the gold used in jewelry will be a metal alloy that contains pure gold and a mixture of other, stronger metals. Most commonly, you’ll see 18k yellow gold and 14k yellow gold used in jewelry. 18k yellow gold contains more pure gold, so it’s a bit softer than 14k yellow gold. But since 18k yellow gold contains more pure gold than 14k yellow gold, it will also have a slightly deeper golden color. If you love the classic beauty of yellow gold, consider what’s more important to you: having a ring with a deeper golden color or having a ring that’s more resistant to scratching. This will help you decide whether 14 karat or 18 karat yellow gold would best or you.

Undertone

Yellow gold is quite a warm precious metal, so it tends to look the most flattering on those with warm skin undertones. Yellow gold can also look lovely on those with neutral skin undertones, since people with neutral skin undertones will have some warm undertones in their skin.

White Gold

Style

White gold is a chic, modern precious metal that has a beautifully sophisticated look. In addition to being extraordinarily elegant, white gold is incredibly reflective. White gold is plated in rhodium, which is the most reflective precious metal on earth. Because white gold features a coat of rhodium, it can make a diamond engagement ring look even more glamorous, as the luster of this precious metal will capture and reflect the shimmer of brilliant gemstones. So, white gold is a stunning option for someone who wants a sophisticated ring that’s not short on glamour.

Practicality

As we mentioned above, white gold is plated in rhodium. This makes white gold look beautifully shiny and white, but it also means that white gold requires a bit more upkeep than other precious metals. White gold requires more upkeep because its rhodium plating will slowly wear off over time. It is easy and fairly inexpensive to have a white gold ring re-dipped in rhodium, but it does require making an occasional trip to the jewelers. On everyday rings, rhodium plating usually begins to wear off after a year or two. Many people don’t care that white gold will need to be re-plated over time. But if you’re interested in choosing a precious metal with a white color and that sounds too high maintenance for you, you may want to consider your other white precious metal option: platinum.

Undertone

White gold is a cool-toned, icy-looking precious metal, so it tends to be very flattering on those with cool skin undertones. White gold can also look beautiful on those with neutral skin undertones, since they will have some cool undertones within their skin.

Rose Gold

Style

Rose gold is pure gold that has been mixed with copper and silver metals. The copper within rose gold is what gives it its beautiful rosy-pink color, which makes rose gold look highly romantic. In addition to being romantic, rose gold is a rather unique choice for an engagement ring. While rose gold has been more trendy in recent years, this type of metal is still a rare choice for an engagement ring or wedding ring, giving it a stand-out look.

Practicality

Since rose gold contains copper, a very strong metal, it’s the most durable type of gold. So, generally, rose gold is a very practical and low maintenance precious metal.
While rose gold is generally low maintenance, one thing to consider about rose gold is its patina. The copper in rose gold means it will form a patina over time. When copper is exposed to air, it reacts by creating a sort of film over itself, which is called a patina. The patina that forms on rose gold tends to look dark pink or red, making rose gold look richer over time. Many people absolutely love that rose gold forms a patina, since it makes it look beautifully vintage. But if you do not like the look of a patina, you will have to occasionally have your rose gold engagement ring or wedding ring professionally cleaned to restore its original shine.

Undertone

Rose gold is the most universally flattering precious metal. Rose gold has a neutral undertone with both warm and cool notes, so it looks fantastic on people with neutral, warm, or cool skin undertones.

Platinum

Style

Platinum is a luxe, bright white metal that is timelessly beautiful. This elegant, chic precious metal looks quite similar to white gold, so it has a very similar style to white gold. However, platinum and white gold have a number of practical differences, which can affect which you prefer for your engagement ring.

Practicality

Platinum is an extremely strong and durable metal, and it will never tarnish. Out of every precious metal on this list, it requires the least amount of maintenance over time. Additionally, another big pro of platinum is the fact that it’s hypoallergenic. Unlike some gold alloy metals, platinum doesn’t contain any nickel or copper, making a platinum ring a good option for those with these common metal allergies.

The primary practical drawback of platinum is its price. Platinum is highly rare, which means it’s the most expensive precious metal on this list. However, many people find the higher price of platinum worth it, since platinum is so beautiful, durable, and pure.

Undertone

Like white gold, platinum is a cool-toned precious metal. So, platinum looks highly complementary on those with cool or neutral skin tones.

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The Top 7 Bridal Shower Gift Ideas in 2020

A bridal shower is a celebration of the start of a new chapter in the bride’s life. And, traditionally, the guests at a bridal shower give the bride gifts that will help her set up her new home. In the modern era, however, it’s common to give a wider variety of gifts that can be useful or special to the bride-to-be in multiple ways. Wondering what you should bring to a bridal shower this year to wow the bride-to-be? Read on to see our list of the top 7 bridal shower gift ideas for 2020.

1. Monogrammed Luggage Tags

Help the bride get ready for her honeymoon in style by giving her an elegant set of luggage tags monogrammed with her new initials. If you want to make this gift idea a bit more lavish, you could also give her some luxe new luggage to go with her new tags.

2. Special Occasion Wine

A good bottle of wine is always a classic, classy gift option. To make this gift more personal for the bride-to-be, one excellent idea is to deck out a few bottles of wine with custom-made labels showing that the bottles are meant to be used on special occasions. For example, a “first Christmas” bottle of wine, a “first anniversary” bottle of wine, and so on.

3. Custom Wedding Dress Hanger

A beautiful custom wedding dress hanger is a practical, and also quite photogenic, wedding gift. A lovely custom hanger keepsake that features her name, her wedding date, a monogram of her new initials, or her wedding colors can keep her dress wrinkle-free as she gets ready on her big day. And it will also serve as a charming bit of decor when her wedding photographer captures those magical getting-ready shots. If you’re wondering where to get a customized wedding dress hanger, we’d recommend checking out some of the many excellent artists on Etsy.

4. An Experience

One of the best gifts you can give to a loved one is an experience. This can be any number of things but, for a wedding shower, it’s best to give an experience that both the bride and her fiance can enjoy. For example, you could pay for the soon-to-be newlyweds to go wine tasting, gift them a voucher for an upscale restaurant, send them on a weekend getaway to a lovely bed and breakfast, gift them a gift certificate to an escape room, buy them season passes to see their favorite baseball team, and so on. Giving an experience as a gift is always a thoughtful idea, since you’re helping your loved one make new memories.

5. A Diffuser

A stylish essential oil diffuser is a lovely gift that’s both beautiful and relaxing. We recommend wrapping up the bride’s new diffuser with a set of essential oils so she can start relaxing right away.

6. A Cheese Board

An attractive, well-made cheese board is an excellent traditional bridal shower gift idea that she’ll love using as she entertains friends and family in her new home. To give this wedding gift idea a personalized touch, consider opting for a monogrammed cheese cutting board. Then, if you want to round out this gift and make it a gift set, you could also give the bride a set of cheese knives and/or a gift card to a gourmet cheese shop.

7. A Camera

If the bride doesn’t already have a camera she can use on her honeymoon, gifting her a camera is an incredibly thoughtful choice. A camera is a perfect way to help the happy couple capture high quality pictures and videos of their memories on their honeymoon, and for years to come. If you’re shopping for a more sporty couple, an outdoor camera like a GoPro is one of the best bridal shower gift options, since it’s portable and rugged, and it can even capture memories underwater.

Looking for even more bridal shower gift ideas? Here are a few honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the list: An elegant cutting board, a luxe set of lingerie, a set of cookbooks, stainless steel knives, a thoughtful picture in a chic picture frame, monogrammed pillowcases or a monogrammed sheet set, well-made wine glasses or champagne flutes, a high tech coffee maker, skincare or beauty products, or a finely crafted wine rack.

Best Snowy and Whimsical Winter Proposal Ideas

In the winter, the air is crisp, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of magic in the air. Winter is the most romantic time of the year, which means it’s the perfect time to propose.

If you’re thinking of popping the question this winter, know that there are so many ways you can incorporate winter’s magic into your proposal to make it even more special and memorable. To help you find a winter proposal idea that’s perfect for your love story, below our experts at Danhov take a closer look at six of our favorite snowy and whimsical winter proposal ideas.

1. Say it With Snow

For a memorable (and very photogenic) proposal idea, try writing your proposal message into a snowy bank. You can write your message with flower petals or twinkling lights, or you can simply carve it out. To make this sweet proposal idea even more memorable, try choosing a snowy area with special significance to you as a couple. For example, you could find a snowy spot outside your first date spot or choose somewhere near your home.

2. Snowy Getaway Proposal

If your sweetheart loves to travel, consider heading to a romantic winter getaway spot for your proposal. You can pick a place you’ve both been dying to visit or go somewhere completely unexpected and spectacular. We love this proposal idea because it’s fun, exciting, and incredibly memorable, since it creates a new destination in your love story. There’s the place you met, your home together, and, now, your proposal spot.

3. Capture the Moment

If you want to make sure you get great pictures of your proposal, this is the perfect idea for you: propose during a photoshoot! Hire a photographer to take some pictures of you and your partner. Then, during the shoot, get down on one knee and have your photographer capture every second of this magical moment.

If taking professional pictures isn’t common for you, you can easily come up with a reasonable excuse for the photoshoot. For example, you could say you want to get a nice photo for a Christmas card or you could say that you’re gifting her a photoshoot for her birthday. Or, if you want to be even sneakier, you could also have one of her friends get in on the idea. They could say that they want to do a fun photoshoot with their girlfriends for a special occasion. Then, you can surprise her during the photoshoot by coming out and getting down on one knee!

For this idea, make sure you choose a photographer who has experience shooting surprise proposals. That will help ensure they can coordinate with you seamlessly and get those amazing shots you’re looking for.

4. Say it With Coffee or Cocoa

For a cute, cozy, and romantic proposal idea consider popping the question with the help of her favorite winter beverage. You can use a latte stencil to write your message in cocoa or cinnamon, or you could get a mug with a hidden message at the bottom of the cup!

5. Head to the Slopes

If your partner loves to hit the slopes in the winter, try incorporating your proposal into a skiing or snowboarding expedition. You can propose in the resort’s lodge, at the top of a ski slope, or simply at any particularly pretty spot on the property. Or, you could ask the resort to help you propose by writing a message in the snow under the ski lift.

6. Write Your Message in the Heavens

If you want your proposal to have a serious “wow factor,” consider writing your proposal message in the sky with the help of a skywriter. Pick a clear winter’s day and hire a skywriter to write your proposal message in the sky above a favorite location. This proposal idea is a grand gesture that’s sure to set her heart on fire.

6 Romantic Fall Proposal Ideas We’re Loving

Fall is here, which means proposal season is in full swing! If you’re thinking of proposing this fall, know that they are many ways you can incorporate the magic of the season into your proposal to make it even more romantic and memorable. And in this post, we’ve collected some of our favorite fall proposal ideas. Read on to see our list of the 6 romantic fall proposal ideas we’re loving!

1. Park Proposal

The changing leaves of fall are the season’s most beautiful attribute. If you live in an area that gets some spectacular fall foliage, take your partner for a stroll among the trees before you get down on one knee. This is a simple, but utterly romantic proposal idea. Plus, there’s no better engagement photo backdrop than an array of gold, orange, and yellow leaves!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This floral inspired halo engagement ring is the perfect complement for a park or forest proposal. This beautiful ring combines natural elements with high visual impact, much like autumn’s vibrant falling leaves.

2. Say it With a Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is one of our favorite fall activities. And if it’s one of your partner’s favorite fall activities too, why not pop the question with a pumpkin? Carve your proposal message into a pumpkin (or a series of pumpkins, for even more dramatic effect), light it up, and pop the question under the starry night sky.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This delicately detailed double band engagement ring will shimmer spectacularly amidst the glow of your pumpkin proposal message.

3. Fireside Proposal

In fall, the weather turns chilly and the air is crisp, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up by a fire! Plan to have a romantic night in at your fireside with dinner and drinks. Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner, cozied up by the fire, before you propose. Be sure to have champagne and dessert set aside for after she says yes!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This traditional and sweet proposal idea calls for a classic engagement ring, like this lovely three stone design.

4. Halloween Proposal

Carving a pumpkin with your proposal message is a fun way to incorporate Halloween into your proposal. However, there are many other ways to incorporate this fun holiday into your proposal. One idea is to hide your ring box in a bowl of Halloween candy. Another idea is to incorporate your proposal into your Halloween costume. For example, you could dress up as an engagement ring and surprise your partner with your costume (and proposal)!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This engagement ring features a uniquely shaped band that adds a bit of edge and fun to the design, making it the perfect choice for a Halloween-themed proposal.

5. Winery Proposal

Fall is harvest season and one of the many delicious treats in season during Autumn is wine. If your partner loves a bit of good wine, consider heading to a winery for your proposal. If you let the winery know in advance that you’ll be proposing, they’ll be able to help you coordinate and set up the perfect proposal scene. You can propose in the wine tasting room, at a winery restaurant, or out in the beauty of the vineyard.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This sleek, yet romantic, modern engagement ring is ideal for the sophisticated at heart, making the perfect choice for the budding sommelier in your life.

6. Waterside Proposal

Proposing by the water is romantic at any time of year. And during fall, the weather is still nice enough to be outside, but you’ll have far fewer people crowding up waterfront, which can make a fall proposal by the water more romantic. There are many different types of waterside locations you can choose from for your waterside proposal, like the beach, at a lake, by a river, by a waterfall, or even by fountain in the city.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: The delicate water lily inspired setting used in this solitaire engagement ring will remind your sweetheart of your waterside proposal each time she puts it on.