The Rose Gold Trend
Rose gold is having a moment. 10 years ago, rose gold was one of the less common metals for jewelry, or anything else for that matter. Now we see rose gold on everything from jewelry to homewares, barware, and stationery.
So how did rose gold get so popular? Well, you may have heard of the millennial pink trend, which plays a significant role in the current popularity of rose gold.
Millennial pink is typically 'Rose Quartz,' like rose gold, and in 2016, it was named Pantone's "color of the year." In design circles, that means it's going to be big.
Rose Quartz is a subdued pink, not a little girl pink or Barbie pink. It's more androgynous than previous pinks, which explains why it's being embraced by both men and women. The last time pink was this big was in the 1980s, when it was known as "dusty rose" or "dirty pink" – think Molly Ringwald in 'Pretty in Pink' and most of her other significant roles.
Rose gold has been swept along with the broader pink trend and is more popular than ever. Its popularity is largely because rose gold jewelry is surprisingly versatile. It compliments a wide range of skin tones and styles. It's stylish and luxurious without being as in-your-face as traditional gold jewelry. Rose gold is also popular because it is often a more affordable metal.
Rose gold is considered by many to be the most romantic metal due to its pinkish-red color. Rose gold fashions can be traced back to the 19th century. Read on to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Rose Gold jewelry.
What Is Rose Gold?
Rose gold is one of several colored golds. Gold comes naturally in several different color tones. There are three types of colored golds. Rose Gold is an Alloy, it has silver and copper in various proportions, producing white, yellow, green, and red colors. Pure (99.9% or better) gold is 24karat, so colored golds such as rose gold are less pure. You will never find a 24karat rose gold, as colored golds are typically between 8-18karats. The rose golds we usually see in jewelry are 18K rose gold, with a composition of 75% gold, 22.25% copper, 2.75% silver.
What's The Difference Between Rose, Red And Pink Golds?
Rose gold is also known as pink gold or red gold which are all gold-copper alloys. All three golds are mostly the same thing, and the names are often used interchangeably. The key difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content: the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration.
What Are The Origins Of Rose Gold?
Rose gold metals were so popular in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century that it was known as ‘Russian Gold’. One of the reasons it was so popular in Russia was due to famed jeweler Carl Faberge using role gold in his infamous Faberge Eggs. Rose gold grew in prominence in the United States during the 1920's jazz age. During this period, it was the iconic jewelry Cartier who drove the popularity of the metal. Cartier combined rose gold with silver and pure gold to create a simple band of three gold colors of gold intertwined. That iconic ring is now known as the Trinity Ring. Despite its popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries, rose gold is even more popular now and is most commonly used for jewelry.
Benefits Of Rose Gold Vs. Yellow GoldBecause copper is a tough substance, rose gold is more durable than yellow gold and white gold. However, you may need to avoid rose gold if you have a copper allergy. Benefits of rose gold include:
- Rose Gold is less likely to get scratches and dings.
- Rose gold is easy to be maintained and doesn't need to be professionally cleaned.
- Rose gold is highly versatile and flattering to most skin tones.
- Rose gold is more affordable than 24k gold.
If you love the look of this romantic vintage pink metal, check out the rose gold range from Phoenix Roze, including rose gold necklaces, rose gold rings, rose gold bracelets or rose gold earrings. Most Phoenix Roze pieces are available in your choice of 14k gold or 14k rose gold.