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When it comes to engagement rings, a white diamond is obviously the classic choice. For those who want something that stands out, a colored gemstone is the way to go, and a pink diamond is elegant, feminine, and undeniably romantic. It's certainly worth the investment.
Pink diamonds are rare and, according to the Gemological Institute of America, make up only about 1 percent of diamond production worldwide. This rarity probably explains why they’re something of a celebrity favorite: Pink diamond engagement rings have been spotted on the fingers of stars like Blake Lively, Victoria Beckham, and Mariah Carey.
Meet the Expert
- Kim Kanary is a certified diamontologist and vice president of community development and engagement at JTV, an online jewelry shopping destination.
- Azra Mehdi is the founder of Au Xchange, a jeweler specializing in fine gold jewelry.
- Amanda Treviso is a buyer for Shane Co. Jewelry, the largest family-owned jewelry company in the U.S. since 1929.
Of course, the most obvious difference between pink and white diamonds is color. Pink diamonds are also more rare and expensive. Many people who choose pink diamonds do so because of their beautiful color, which can come in a range of saturations, from a light, subtle pink to a bright, hot pink. They are “20 times more expensive than white diamonds of the same size because of their rarity and limited supply,” according to Mehdi.
And, of course, like white diamonds, pink diamonds are extremely durable, making them an excellent engagement ring stone. “They are the hardest known natural substance, and only another diamond can scratch your diamond,” Kanary says. “Diamonds are known for their high dispersion and brilliance, which cause the scintillating flashes of color and light that everyone loves.” Basically, you get the durability and strength of a white diamond in a pretty hue.
Ahead, scroll through 33 romantic pink diamond engagement rings we love.
Leibish Extraordinary Argyle Fancy Intense Pink Ring
This ring features a .73-carat pink diamond. But there’s still plenty of sparkle, thanks to the open pavé halo and outer halo set in marquise-shaped diamonds in shared prongs. This unique ring, featuring various cuts, is set in platinum and rose gold.
Jean Dousset Chelsea La Vie en Rose Solitaire Engagement Ring
A slightly less expensive way to incorporate pink diamonds in your engagement ring is to go for pavé pink diamonds rather than a center stone. This ring features a cushion-cut white diamond on a band of tiny pink diamonds for a unique look.
J.R. Dunn Robert Pelliccia Old Fashion Romance Setting Ring
Another way to incorporate pink diamonds for a slightly lower budget is to opt for smaller ones. This ring features a round white diamond in the center flanked by two delicate pink diamonds set in rose gold for a beautiful and romantic setting.
NatureSparkle1 3.13 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring, 14k gold,Emerald cut Engagement Ring, Pink Diamond, Three stone ring, Diamond Ring, Free Shipping
This is the epitome of feminine sophistication. An elegant pale pink diamond is shaped as an emerald cut accompanied by two white diamonds set snugly on each side.
Lustergems 0.2 Carat Pink Diamond Engagement Ring Pink Stone Engagement Ring Pink Stone Ring Cushion Diamond Ring Cushion Pink Diamond Ring
There's something so special about this charming pink cushion-cut engagement ring. With a double halo, two types of contrasting metals as well as the beautiful irregularity of the pavé-set band, there's so much magical detail that catches the eye.
1stDibs GIA Certified 4.54 Carat Asscher Cut Engagement Ring With Pink Diamonds
Make an unforgettable statement with this extravagant emerald-cut diamond ring. Featuring a pavé-set pink diamond band, this piece gives you the best of both worlds: a classic white diamond solitaire and a flash of pink.
Lustergems 0.17 Carat Pink Diamond Engagement Ring Pink Stone Engagement Ring Pink Stone Ring Pear Diamond Ring Pear Pink Diamond Ring
We absolutely adore this pear-cut diamond engagement ring. Adorned with a sweet pink center stone, the two rows of diamond halos give this one-of-a-kind ring the most unique and soft outline.
Jean Dousset Chelsea La Vie en Rose® Solitaire Engagement Ring
It's safe to say that we're obsessed with this stunning engagement ring. A jaw-dropping oval-cut diamond is complemented by an array of pink diamonds on a rose gold band.
What to Look for When Choosing a Pink Diamond Engagement Ring
In this case, the metal you select for your engagement ring goes beyond your personal taste. The metal pink diamonds are set in largely contribute to the shade of pink that shimmers from the stone. "The metal type you choose will actually bring out different hues in the pink of your center stone," says Treviso. "Choose white gold or platinum if you want a pale pink. Choose rose gold to really give a deep rich color to your pink."
When you say yes to a pink diamond engagement ring, you're already stepping outside the box, so have some fun with the band you choose, too! "Don't feel like you have to match the color in your bands. Diamond bands always complement a colorful center nicely, so don't limit your options. I would recommend a diamond or all metal band to really showcase your center stone color," suggests Treviso.
Your engagement ring should be a complete and utter representation of your personal style as well as you and your fiancée's love. "This is totally personal and up to you, but any style will work nicely. It depends on if you want your ring to be romantic, modern, trendy, etc.," Treviso explains. However you may style your pink diamond engagement ring, go in the direction that feels true to you.
Are pink diamonds available in large carat weights?
If you want a large stone, pink diamonds might not be for you. “Pink diamonds come in primarily low carat weights, so if you’re looking for a larger stone, you will require a more significant budget,” Kanary shares.
What setting complements a pink diamond's color the best?
Should I buy a certified pink diamond?
“Insist on a certificate of authenticity, even for a smaller stone because of the higher instances of fraud (i.e. passing a lab-grown pink diamond as natural) due to the drying up of available pink diamond sources,” says Mehdi. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
What is the biggest downside of a pink diamond?
The biggest downside to pink diamonds is the cost—they are very pricey, even if they aren’t perfect. “Even if pink diamonds have lower clarity (i.e. they have a lot of inclusions), they are, nonetheless, very expensive relative to other fancy colored diamonds,” Mehdi reveals.
What style wedding band pairs best with a pink diamond engagement ring?
"I prefer a diamond band that is simple and clean, but get what your heart desires," suggests Treviso.
How do lab-grown pink diamonds compare to natural pink diamonds?
If you don’t have the budget for an authentic pink diamond, consider a lab-grown pink diamond. “Lab-grown diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically the same as mined diamonds—the difference is really in origin,” Kanary says. “So, while still an investment piece, lab-grown diamonds enable you to find high-quality stones in larger sizes that won’t break the bank.”