If you've been paying attention to the trends of the past few years, then you'll have seen rose gold almost everywhere. Rose gold homeware, rose gold nail polish, and especially rose gold jewelry.
For all the hype rose gold gets, not many people know what rose gold is. So, what is rose gold? What are the details on this gorgeous and trendy metal?
We're going to take you through everything you need to know about rose gold.
What is rose gold?
Rose gold is a blend, or an alloy of pure 24 karat yellow gold, copper and silver. Pure 24 karat yellow gold is the base for all gold colors and qualities, but is too soft to be used in a pure state for jewelry. It needs to be blended, or alloyed with other metals to strengthen it enough to wear. Different alloy recipes are used to color and determine all types of metal made into jewelry including platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. The depth of color in the rose gold depends on the ratio of yellow gold to copper. Less yellow gold, and a higher copper content will result in a more reddish rose color. As an example 14K rose gold is more of a rose pink color than 18K rose gold due to the higher yellow gold content in 18K.
So, is rose gold actually gold?
Yes. Rose gold is made of real gold, even it if isn't 100% gold. The higher the karat amount in the piece of jewelry will indicate the purity of gold in the piece. For example, 18 karat gold is 75% gold, while 14 karat gold would have 58% gold.
DOES ROSE GOLD TARNISH?
Tarnish refers to when metals lose their luster, darken, and essentially rust due to chemical reactions with the air.
This doesn't sound pleasant, and it isn't. Tarnish is usually quite visible on older pieces of jewelry or decor. It is dark and grimy and looks like a layer of dirt over your precious treasures.
The good news? Rose gold doesn't tarnish. It can, however, begin to appear darker and slightly redder after years of wear.
This isn't because of tarnish, though. It's the copper part of the rose gold becoming slightly darker and more vintage looking. This can take many years of wear to happen, so there's nothing to really worry about.
In fact, many people seek out this darkened and vintage look for their jewelry, since it makes it naturally makes it look like an interesting piece of vintage jewelry.
WHAT TYPES OF JEWELRY CAN BE MADE WITH ROSE GOLD?
Whatever kind of jewelry you want, chances are you can find a rose gold version. While rose gold might not be as popular as some other types of metal jewelry, the trendiness of it the past few years has made rose gold jewelry options much more widely available.
The soft color of rose gold makes it pair well with other types of metal in the same piece, as well as with many different color gemstones.
The history behind rose gold
Rose gold was first used in early 19th century Russia by the famed jeweler Carl Faberge in his infamous Faberge Eggs, as was known as Russian Gold. Rose gold later gained popularity in the United Stated during the lavish and feminine 1920’s, and was worn in engagement rings and fine jewelry. Cartier was instrumental in the rise in popularity creating luscious rose gold, fine jewelry with precious gemstones and diamonds. One piece in particular aided in the rebirth of rose gold in jewelry, a simple band of three gold colors of gold intertwined now known as the “Trinity Ring”. Created by Cartier and commissioned by Jean Cocteau, famed French writer, artist, filmmaker, and playwright and who infamously wore the Cartier ring on his pinkie.
Over the decades the popularity of rose gold has come and gone, dictated mostly by fashion and starlets. Today rose gold has once again taken it’s rightful place in the style sections of your favorite magazines, on the hands of trend setters and you my future brides.
Rose gold is a subtle, romantic color of gold that translates into romantic, elegant fine jewelry and engagement rings.