Chic, timeless and utterly unique, rose gold has been captivating jewellers for centuries. Now, the precious metal is in the midst of a sartorial revival, with both high street retailers and luxury jewellery houses alike reimagining rose gold in a kaleidoscope of contemporary designs.
So what makes rose gold so special, and how has the precious metal hybrid managed to capture the hearts of both 19th century heiresses and contemporary ‘it girls’ alike? Read on as we explore the timeless allure of rose gold, and its merited place in the modern jewellery landscape.
Intrinsically Romantic While rose gold has recently enjoyed a 21st century revival, blending the gilded hues of yellow gold with the rosy tones of copper is by no means a new concept. In fact, rose gold made its first appearance back in 19th century Russia, where it was coveted by high society for its unique pink tinged sheen. In the Mid-Victorian era rose gold was once again the precious metal of choice, with women falling head over heels in love with the blush tint bought on by the copper. As pink was intrinsically associated with romance, rose gold was especially popular with young women in search of true love. For this reason, rose gold is an evocative choice for engagement rings.
For All Occasions With its subtle pink sheen, rose gold rings can be paired with a myriad of embellishments. From sparkling cubic zirconia stones and crystals to lustrous freshwater pearls, the hybrid precious metal lends itself to every occasion. This Pearl and CZ Pave Bar Open Ring proves just how versatile rose gold is, with the combination of freshwater pearl, cubic zirconia stones and an unorthodox design giving it an utterly contemporary feel.
Wonderful Wedding Choice Rose gold rings are a hugely popular choice for weddings, as the rosy hues flatter all skin tones. Not to mention the fact that the unique blend of gold and copper looks stunning when paired with any shade of white. From stark ivories to blonde champagnes, rose gold rings are the perfect way to set off any wedding frock. They also pair superbly with traditional wedding materials like diamonds, crystals, silks, pearls and lace. For example, this Pearl Open Ring Faceted Pear CZ in rose gold vermeil would make a refined right hand accessory for any bride.
For brides that want to create a perfectly coordinated wedding party, rose gold is a wonderful choice. As it’s generally less expensive than pure yellow gold, it’s an affordable way to accessorise bridesmaids, flower girls and the bride herself. A-listers like Katie Holmes and LeAnn Rimes agree, with both women choosing diamond engagement rings set in lustrous rose gold.
Contemporary Designs, With An Antique Twist Jewellery trends are continually evolving, and rings are no exception. Today, there’s been an exciting movement towards ‘avant garde’ ring designs, like this unique Criss Cross X Ring that sees smooth bands of highly polished metal wrap around the finger to create a ‘x’ effect. The design is modern and minimalist, yet thanks to the use of rose gold, the ring still boasts a touch of antique allure. Stackable and collectible designs have also gained immense popularity on the high street over the past few seasons. Inspired by the trend, this Pave and Pear CZ Stack Ring embraces the movement, yet once again the use of rose gold gives it a vintage edge. For 21stcentury women who are contemporary by design yet still want to retain a touch of traditionalism, rose gold is the perfect medium.
‘Mix and Match’ Trend Ever since Cartier debuted its iconic ‘Trinity’ ring in the 1920s, the metal mixing trend has been gaining momentum. Now, it’s shining brighter than ever, and rose gold is at the heart of the movement. With its warm rosy colour, it bridges the gap between the brilliant sheen of silver and the rich tones of yellow gold. Rose gold rings can be stacked, layered and worn alongside other accessories to harmonise any look.
Stunning Sheen While some metal blends lose their sheen, rose gold retains its brilliance. Thanks to the yellow gold base offset with a touch of copper, the precious metal boasts a subtle metallic overlay and unmistakable lustre. This makes it a fantastic multipurpose metal for wearing to the office, on the weekends and out on the town.