May is Gold Month and a quick review of the May issue of InStore magazine (the jeweler’s must-read) revealed a wonderful surprise – rose gold jewelry is back in a BIG way. Numerous designers showcased a variety of fabulous pieces using elegant rose gold. Paired with yellow and white gold, these designs looked fresh, contemporary and the perfect accent for breezy summer fashions.
A couple of my favorites include Zeira’s stacking rings in yellow and rose gold highlighted with diamonds. Anna Sheffield’s drop earrings – a combination of rose gold and sapphires – made me think of a summer day. And, Carla Amorim’s “flower path” ring combined two of my favorite trends – rose gold and huge cocktail rings – into one fantastic piece.
Rose gold, also known as pink gold or red gold, is a beautiful choice for jewelry of all kinds. After a little research today, I learned that rose gold is actually a mixture of pure yellow gold with copper, which gives it a mellow, pink color.
According to the world renowned auction house Sotheby’s, the color is variable, “The colour 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 colour of the gold deepens to red. The components of true rose gold are approximately 75% gold and 22.5% copper and a small percentage of silver, which slightly lightens the effect of the dark copper.”
I also discovered that warm rose gold was first used during the early 19th century in Russia by none other than Carl Faberge in his famous Faberge Eggs. The method was then called as Russian Gold. Later, rose gold gained popularity in the US during the 1920’s, when it was a favorite choice for engagement rings and fine jewelry.
Today, rumor has it that WHIMSY will release a rose gold accented version of its popular interchangeable bead ring sometime later this year. So, fans of rose gold jewelry, please stay tuned!
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