Used in traditional jewelry, wedding rings and engagement rings, the sheen and luster of rose gold is instantly recognizable and imminently impressive to the eye. Offering a luxurious appearance and a soft glow to the skin, it’s not uncommon to see rose gold on both men and women.
If you’re considering rose gold jewelry as a gift or for yourself, there’s plenty to learn and know about this stunning, impressive metal.
The History of Rose Gold Jewelry
Despite its sudden reemergence in everyday life, rose gold actually has a long and interesting history as a statement piece and one that has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of human events. Most historians agree that rose gold first appeared in the early 19th century in Russia during the time of the czars when Peter Carl Faberge began mixing yellow gold and copper to bring about a unique, blush-colored creation that came to be known as “Russian Gold.” Soon after, Victorian jewelers in England began to incorporate the metal in their designs and it quickly spread around the world, being renamed ‘Rose Gold’
After the crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, solid, functional metals like platinum began their phase of popularity until World War II. Platinum became an essential element to the war effort, leading to scarcity and in turn making it expensive. This led to a resurgence in the prominence of gold, both yellow and rose to become the metal of choice in jewelry.
Is Rose Gold Real?
Yes, rose gold is considered a precious metal in the same way as yellow or white gold. Sometimes referred to as “pink gold,” or “red gold” thanks to its reddish hue, rose gold is a mixture of yellow gold, copper, silver and a minute percentage of other metals to help harden the piece. The color of rose gold depends on the ratio of copper to gold, ranging from a soft pink to a deep red. As the copper content increases, the color of the gold deepens to red. The addition of silver lightens and brightens the effect of the dark copper to give it a glow. All our gold jewelry is solid 14K or higher which makes them less likely to trigger an allergic reaction to those sensitive to other metals. In some higher karat count pieces, this is especially important, as higher levels of gold tend to be more susceptible to scratches, dents, and blemishes. The sheen and luster of these softer alloy pieces can be restored with regular cleaning and polishing as well as dipping by a jeweler.
Why is Rose Gold so Popular Today?
Rose gold isn’t as iconic as classic yellow, but modern pieces set with white diamonds, engagement rings matched with morganite centers, bracelets, and bangles with adornments or delicate and stunning necklaces prove it to be on its way to cult status.
Thanks to an influx of neutral colors and more textured everyday fashion, the softer shades of rose gold provide a subtle accompaniment to modern clothing and expressing individuality through mixing with other metals. The skin-friendly qualities and romantic glow make it a particularly popular choice for spring and summer seasons. In recent times, rose gold has also become popular among men’s jewelry making it a great choice for men’s band.
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