In the last few years rose gold has exploded onto the world stage, making an appearance in everything from stunning bridal sets to the wildly popular rose gold iPhone 6S. But what is it, and is it the right choice for you?
Rose gold, also known as pink or red gold, is an alloy, which means it is made up of a number of different precious metals to give it durability and a richness of colour. Most commonly, gold is alloyed with silver and copper; for example 18 carat rose gold is typically 75% gold, with 25% copper to give it that lovely rosy glow. It was originally known as ‘Russian Gold’ due to its popularity with the Russian elite back in the 19th century, but it is becoming more and more popular with modern day couples looking for a softer, more vintage feel. In the words of Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, rose gold evokes feelings of “compassion, composure, warmth, something that draws you in that has great appeal”.
In addition to the aesthetic appeal of rose gold, it also benefits from being durable and does not need to be plated with rhodium. Furthermore, rose gold complements all skin tones. The warmth and appeal of rose gold may be perfect for someone who doesn’t want to go with traditional yellow gold, but is put off by the sometimes harsh brilliance of white gold, platinum, or palladium.
Rose gold can be particularly striking when used with warm, pink toned gemstones or when used to set off the fire at the heart of a diamond when set in the perfect engagement ring. If you are interested in viewing our collection of rose gold engagement and wedding rings, or perhaps having bespoke rose gold rings designed and made for you, please pop in and see us at The Workshop.