The colour rose gold and rose gold engagement rings are nothing new. And even though rose gold started turning heads since 2014, this blush coloured metal has been around since the mid to late 19th century.
Today, rose gold has become the metal of choice for most engagement rings. The trend has actually spread further than just engagement rings and we can now see it on all jewellery and even come so far that rose gold fixtures are at its height in home décor.
This blog is going to delve deeper into this precious metal, how it is made, how it was used in the past, and get ready to be inspired for your engagement ring.
How is Rose Gold Made?
If you weren’t aware, you know now that rose gold by itself does not exist in nature. Pure gold is always the same colour and is able to change in jewellery due to alloys or other metals that are mixed with it.
Rose gold gets its color by mixing pure gold with mostly copper alloys and a small amount of silver. The more copper in the mix, the redder the jewelry appears; the less copper, the pinker it will appear.
If we’re looking at a typical modern-day rose gold of 18k its formula consists out of 75% gold, 21% copper, 4% silver. Once the silver content starts getting closer to 5% or more, the gold starts to look very pink in appearance.
Rose Gold History
This beautiful colour was first seen in Russia when the famous jeweller, Carl Fabergé began incorporating the copper-infused metal in his designs in the late 1800’s.
It was first known as Russian Gold and eventually was renamed Rose Gold when the metal started trending in other parts of the world. In England Victorian jewellery artisans quickly started replicating the metal into their designs in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
As quickly as it rose to fame, this metal was forgotten. Favour for luxurious platinum and white gold rose around 1910. It wasn’t until the 1940’s and the beginning of WWII when rose gold became popular again.
WWII played a heavy hand in the reemergence of rose gold because the war created heavy demand for platinum for other war applications, and the metal became expensive and scarce.
Gemstones and Rose Gold
If this blog has no convinced you that rose gold is the only way to go for your engagement ring, we will now inform you on which gemstones work well with this previous, blush coloured metal.
Rose gold also pairs exceptionally well with Moissanites. White shades and different colour shades can be used with Rose Gold.