Rose Gold – everything you ever needed to know
Rose Gold: A decadent warm pinkish metal which compliments all skin tones beautifully.
The first use of it in jewellery is noted to be in Russia over 2 centuries ago. It was around 1800AD when Russians began using rose gold in jewellery production. Due to its extensive use all around Russia it became widely referred to as, ‘Russian Gold’. However, as trends changed in Russia and they stopped using rose gold in jewellery it lost its name link with Russia and became famous in the world with the name rose gold.
It was most popular during the Victorian era (1830-1901) as pink was considered the colour of romance. White metals took over in the early 1900’s but suffered a setback during World War 2 as the US Government declared platinum a ‘wartime metal’ and banned it use in jewellery. It experienced a resurgence in popularity during this time but then became less popular again from 1950 until recent years where it has seen a huge increase in popularity again.
Cartier was the first company to bring rose gold to the mainstream. They did so by creating the Cartier Trinity ring, also known as the Trinity de Cartier. The ring had yellow gold, rose gold and white gold mixed to form a design and that’s where is became internationally famous.
There is no such thing as naturally occurring rose gold. Copper is added to yellow gold to give it a pink colour – for this reason the higher the gold content the less pink the metal is. 9ct rose gold is a very deep rose colour as it is 9 parts yellow gold and 15 parts allow. 18t rose gold is 18 parts yellow gold 6 parts alloy giving is a much more subtle rose colour. There is no such this as pure rose gold
18ct rose gold is a very durable metal that will not tarnish. Like all metals it will require polishing over time to revitalise the shine but the colour will remain the same unlike white gold which is plated with rhodium.
Red gold 75% gold 25% copper – dark orange/red look
Real Rose gold 75% gold 22.5% copper and 2.5% silver
Pink gold 75% gold 20% copper and 5% silver
For the last decade It has been trending upward in the market and almost all famous jewellery designers are offering it in their jewellery collections. Don’t let the recent popularity of rose gold fool you, rose gold has actually been trending since they figured out how to add copper to gold and worn by those who wish to set themselves apart from the majority.