Engagement rings made out of gold are perhaps the most traditional of all engagement ring types. From ancient times, gold has been used as world-wide currency, indicator of wealth and a popular form for investments due to its scarcity. Gold jewelry was used to indicate the status, wealth and power of individuals and families and elaborate headdresses, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings were worn by men, women and children.
Traditionally when an agreement for marriage was reached between families or between bride and groom, a token would be presented to 'seal the deal'. Over time, this token became the engagement ring we recognise today. Gold engagement rings are considered to be one of the powerful tokens representing wealth, status, love and commitment.
Gold and gold jewelry is still commonly accepted as part of a bride's dowry in many cultures. In India, the tradition of gold as part of the dowry system goes centuries back. Although declared unlawful fifty years ago, many families still start collecting gold for their daughters' eventual nuptials as soon as they are born. One reason for this is that gold and marriage are enshrined in Hindu mythology, but in practical terms, gold is also considered a safe investment.
Popular Gold Engagement Ring Styles
Take a look at some of the ring styles that have withstood the test of time to become recognised as very traditional gold engagement ring designs. Colored gemstones with a high carat in a oval cut make particularly striking choices, but be careful when choosing highly 'colored' rings, as they are harder to accessorise with.
Gold Engagement Rings with Diamonds
Stunning gold rings set with one or multiple diamonds make beautiful and traditional engagement rings and wonderful heritage jewelry for current and future generations.
Multi-Stone Engagement Rings in White Gold
White-gold makes an extremely setting for gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. One very famous white-gold engagement ring, the Lady Diana Spencer/ Catherine (Kate) Middleton ring features a beautiful 18-carat sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds.
Gemstones in Gold Engagement Rings
The beautiful richness of gold is particularly suited to complement gemstones with a particularly vibrant and deep color such as red rubies, green emeralds and blue sapphires.
More Engagement Rings
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