Rose gold has become a cult favourite over the last few years. From appearing on runways in the form of glossy champagne gold dresses to winning recognition as a fine jewellery statement, this blushed metal is also one of our most popular client picks. In our Rose Gold Edit, we share all you need to know about the trend, how rose gold is made and what our recommendations are for the SS19 season.
THE POPULARITY OF ROSE GOLD
Before its rise to popularity in 2013, rose gold had been mostly worn and adored by Russian royalty for its unique shade. Having an elegant pink undertone, rose gold was a rarity and a welcome alternative in jewellery wardrobes that were already stacked with yellow and white gold essentials.
Since then, rose gold has greatly increased in popularity. It is often seen on style icons such as Naomi Campbell and Chanel Iman. Its warming tone that is universally flattering on any skin tone and effortlessly elevates any outfit with a hint of colour.
HOW IS ROSE GOLD MADE?
We often get asked the question whether rose gold is real gold, and how it gets its beautiful pinkish-red tone. Well for starters, rose gold is absolutely real gold and it gets its distinctive shade by mixing pure yellow gold with copper. For 18k rose gold, the mix is generally 75% yellow gold to 25% copper, but this does vary by manufacturer, resulting in slightly different tones from brand to brand. For example, Rolex’s Everose alloy also contains a small amount of platinum and has a much more pinkish hue to it than that of Cartier or Tiffany & Co.
CARING FOR ROSE GOLD JEWELLERY
Due to their copper alloy element rose gold can oxidize if not stored and cleaned properly. Jewellery and watches made from this material therefore require a delicate care method. Storing them in your jewellery box or velvet and silk pouches will protect them from scratching, while a soft cloth and specialist gold cleaning product will keep your treasured fine jewellery pieces in their original condition throughout the years. As with most gold jewellery, try to avoid contact with any harsh chemicals that can cause damage. Rose gold is typically tougher than yellow gold due to the strength of its alloy component copper. This makes it less soft than yellow gold, but it still requires similar care to avoid scratches or dents.
18k Rose Gold & Diamond Rotating Variato Ring
The 1.65ct diamond paving makes this ring a three tier full eternity band. The beautifully polished curved edges give a warm accent to the piece and stacked diamonds make it slightly larger than your usual eternity ring, but an unusual and distinctive design. A nice gift idea for a three year anniversary with each diamond band representing a full year, or even three special children. Matched with a little black dress, this ring is a stunning addition to special occasions.
Inspired by the Ancient Greek and Roman mythological importance of the serpent, Bulgari’s Serpenti collection and this 18k rose gold ring feature an intricate snake motif. The malachite creates a contrasting colour palette with the diamond accents and the rose gold, which is a beautiful finishing touch for monochrome looks.
Representing wisdom and vitality, the snake motif is these 18K Rose Gold Bulgari Serpenti Collection Earrings’ focus point. The rose gold is adorned by malachite and diamond accents, making it a great match with the Rose Gold Serpenti Ring.
Ballon Bleu 18k Rose Gold Watch
Similarly to most Cartier designs, the Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Watch is the perfect balance between traditional and modern. Kept minimal with a white roman dial and 18k rose gold case, this watch is a feminine masterpiece.
Datejust 26 18k Rose Gold 179165
The pearls, diamonds and oyster bracelet of this Rolex watch all emphasise the 18k rose gold with complementing, neutral shades and an elegant shine. This watch is ideal with white and pastel outfits, as well as with a power-suit look for important business meetings.
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