All About Rose Gold
Rose gold jewellery is nothing new and has been on the rise since years, becoming a vibrant choice over yellow gold for wedding rings and trendy jewellery designs
. Although the trend of rose gold became popular from 2014, the pinkish metal has been around since the mid to late 19th century. Today, it has become the metal of choice for a variety of stylish spring and summer jewellery. The metal colour trend has even come into vogue so much that people are getting rose gold fixtures and home décor for their house with a fervour.
Rose Gold Metal and Colour
Rose gold is an alloy (or a mixture) of pure 24 karat yellow gold with copper and silver. 24K yellow gold being the base for all gold colours and qualities, is too soft to be used for making jewellery in its pure state. It needs to be alloyed or blended with other metals for it to become durable to wear. Different alloys are used in varying amounts with a variety of metals to achieve the resulting coloured metals that include platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold.
In rose gold, the depth of the colour depends on the ratio of yellow gold to copper. With less yellow gold and more copper, the result will be a reddish rose colour. For instance, 14K rose gold appears more of a rose pink in colour than 18K rose gold because of the higher yellow gold quantity in 18K. Typically, the modern-day formula for 18k rose gold is something like 75% gold with 21% copper and 4% silver. The colour of this combo will appear as soft champagne rose. But for 14K rose gold, the copper and silver content will go high due to which the metal seems to be more reddish-pink or lush red.
History of Rose Gold
In early 19th century, rose gold made its first appearance in Russia when the famed jeweller Carl Faberge incorporated the copper-infused metal in his designs of Faberge Eggs. That time the metal was known as 'Russian Gold'. Eventually renamed as 'Rose Gold', the metal later gained popularity in the other parts of the world and was worn as fine jewellery. During the Victorian Era, jewellery artisans in England and across the globe started reproducing the metal into their designs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, rose gold fell out of fashion as the luxurious platinum and white gold became the preferred metals from around 1910 throughout the 1930s.
It wasn't until the 1940s and the beginning of World War II when platinum was needed for military use and became a scarce metal, making rose gold accessible again. Many countries during this period, restricted or completely stopped the use of platinum for any commercial purposes which encouraged another wave of popularity for gold and rose gold jewellery. Since then, rose gold has remained a fashionable choice for jewellery designers and undergone brief periods of being in fashion.
Over the last decades, the popularity of this pinkish metal has come and gone. However, since the past few years, rose gold has once again taken its rightful place in the runways of jewellery and fashion trends and on the hands of future brides as well.
Reasons behind the Popularity of Rose Gold Jewellery
Rose gold is termed as a subtle and romantic colour for jewellery that complements all the frilly shades and neutral colours. It is a universally flattering colour no matter what your shade or undertone is. Due to its unique and trendy hue, rose gold translates itself into dreamy and elegant fine jewellery, mostly engagement rings. It's prevalent among women at the moment and is not likely to go out of style anytime soon. Not only diamonds, but most other gems look stunning too when embellished on rose gold. Gemstones like Fire Opal, Amethyst, Morganite, Kunzite, and Moonstone, and not to forget Pearls make a great match to this pinkish metal of glamour.
It is a soothing colour which appears luxurious and glamorous as well, without being brash as some high karat yellow gold can be. It can be called the happy medium between the stark and modern appeal of white gold and the traditional and classic feel of yellow gold. In several ways, it is a new option for those looking for something fresh and different. Because of its romantic feel, retailers and jewellers have also turned rose gold into their advantage by using names like blush, pink and not forgetting rose in descriptions, to capture the emotions of customers into a new level.
Things to Check Before Buying Rose Gold Jewellery
Just like buying yellow gold
, there are certain things to keep in mind before buying rose gold too.
- Hallmark is the first thing to look for to know the karat of the rose gold jewellery piece. Remember, there is no such thing as pure rose gold as rose gold is by description an alloy metal. Hence, if the jewellery item in rose gold is marked as 24K, it is likely fake. The most common fineness for rose gold jewellery is 14K and 18K, the latter one being most preferred. Also, check the current gold price per gram for yellow gold which would be almost similar for rose gold.
- Deep reddish-pink colour of your rose gold specifies a higher copper content, or it can also be said that the higher the karat weight, the lighter or softer the shade of pink will be in rose gold. Therefore, if your jewellery piece shows the stamp of 18K, but it appears as deep pink, then it is not a real one or, at very least, not of 18K purity.
- One easy test that can be tried at home to see if your rose gold jewellery is fake (but probably does not indicate that it is real) is a magnet test. If your jewellery item in rose gold is attracted to any magnet, then it is definitely fake.
- While shopping for any pre-owned or vintage rose gold jewellery items like rose gold rings or chains, remember to check for any visible discolourations in the areas that mostly touch the skin such as the inside part of the ring band. If you could see another colour underneath, then the jewellery item is likely to be gold-plated or imitation of rose gold. To avoid forgery, it is always recommended to buy rose gold jewellery with BIS hallmark on them and from trusted jewellers only.