Rose Gold Is In Vogue!
The trend for the color of rose gold continues to rise. From wedding rings to nail polish color to iPhone cases, rose gold tones are in high demand. Fashion designers are using rose gold accents for clothing designs and shoes. Rose gold jewelry, including engagement rings, are highly popular. So what exactly is rose gold?
How Rose Gold Is Made
In jewelry, rose gold is an alloy made from a combination of yellow gold and copper. Depending on the ratio of gold to copper, the color of rose gold jewelry can range from orange-yellow to dusky pink to red-orange. The most popular color of rose gold in the U.S. is the pink shade. Although rose gold is often interchangeably described as “rose’, “red”, or “pink” gold, these terms actually describe the different colors of gold achieved based on the proportions of yellow gold to copper. The more copper, the redder the color of gold.
18K Red gold is a mixture of 75% yellow gold and 25% copper. 18K Rose gold is a blend of 75% yellow gold, 22.25% copper, and 2.75% silver. 18K Pink gold is 75% yellow gold, 20% copper, and 5% silver. Crown Gold refers to rose gold with the highest karat of yellow gold at 22K. Always look for the hallmark for karat weight to verify that what is being represented as rose gold is real. The most common fineness for rose gold is 14K in the US and 18K in Europe.
Rose Gold History
Rose gold was first created by Carl Fabergé of Fabergé Russian Eggs and was originally known as “Russian Gold.” It was worn exclusively in Russia during the 1800s. In Europe, rose gold was briefly popular during the Victorian Era, but then it fell out of fashion until the 1920s. At that time, the famous jewelry design house of Cartier introduced its iconic design, the Trinity Ring, and rose gold became popular again. The Trinity Ring, originally commissioned by French writer and filmmaker John Cocteau, incorporated three interlocking bands of yellow, white, and rose gold.
Rose gold’s popularity waned once more during the 1930s Art Deco era when platinum became the precious metal of choice. During World War II, platinum became in such high demand for military use that many countries halted its use for non-military commercial purposes. Since platinum was no longer available for jewelry, people turned to yellow gold and rose gold. Since the mid-1950s, rose gold has often been a favorite metal for many Avant Garde jewelry designers. Now, however, the love of rose gold jewelry is mainstream and continues to grow.
Rose gold is often used in jewelry designs that combine it with other colors of gold. The combination of white gold and rose gold is especially popular. Rose gold works well with other pieces of jewelry such as multiple necklaces, several bangles, or stacked rings. The warmth of rose gold works well with diamonds, as well as with colored gemstones in the brown, orange, yellow and red color families.
Our fine jewelry collection includes a wide assortment of rose gold designs, both alone, as well as mixed with other precious metals. We have an exceptional engagement ring selection which features contemporary and classic rose gold creations. Stop in today! We offer plenty of free parking. Let our jewelry experts find the perfect item for a gift or self-purchase.