Rose gold jewelry represents one of the biggest trends in the jewelry world. This type of gold has made its way into fine jewelry from fashion watches to earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Rose gold has become the ultimate choice for romantic engagement rings. But what exactly is rose gold and how can it make such beautiful jewelry? In this article, you will find out what rose gold is made of, how strong it is, and if it is suitable for engagement rings.

What is rose gold?

Many people think that rose gold is not actually real gold or that it is naturally rose. In fact, rose gold is made out of pure yellow gold that is mixed with copper. You should not worry that the gold is not 100% pure. Actually, you cannot find pure gold jewelry anywhere, because gold, in its natural state, is too soft and it will bend and scratch easily. You can even leave an imprint of your finger if you press it hard enough. That is why gold is mixed with various other metals to make it stronger and more durable. Also, by mixing gold with other metals you can change its color.

Gold Karat

You have surely seen the 22K, 18K or 14K (karat) hallmark on jewelry. The hallmark explains the percentage of pure gold present in the mixture. For example, 22k gold contains 91.6 pure gold, 18K gold contains 75% pure gold, 14K gold has 58.5% and 9K has 37.5% pure gold. You should not worry about the mixture, because it will not affect the value of the gold. It will only make it more rigid and get it to have a unique rosy glow.

Because rose gold is mixed with other metals, it becomes much stronger, so it can be used for creating jewelry. In addition to this, even though copper can get tarnished, the mixture will not become green. In some cases, it is possible for the copper within to darken slowly in time. This can make the jewelry piece to change its pink luster and appear redder than when you purchased it. Even so, this natural feature makes it more desirable. As you may know, the natural vintage look makes a rose gold jewelry piece (ring, necklace, earrings, and bracelets) look more exclusive. Furthermore, rose gold jewelry will not chip.

Who is the inventor of rose gold?

The inventor of rose gold has is unknown to this day. Even so, we know that rose gold firstly became popular in the 19th century in Russia. That is why many history books refer to rose gold as “Russian gold”.

Rose gold jewelry has come and gone from the fashion world. After it was very popular at the beginning of the 1800s in Russia, it became again very fashionable during the time of Queen Victoria. Later on, its red luster was admired again during the Art Deco era (the 1920s). In the 30s platinum was the most popular precious jewelry metal. However, starting with the 40s, rose gold made a strong comeback.

Why is rose gold jewelry so popular?

In terms of fashion, this type of gold is rich, yet subtle looking. Firstly used to create fashion watches, rose gold was brought back massively into the jewelry world alongside Apple’s iPhone. A lot of jewelers welcomed this change, as they were not “allowed” by the market to experiment with the color of the jewelry as much as they could. Up until a few years back, the market was monopolized by white gold and platinum.

Even so, rose gold jewelry is now more popular than ever not only because it looks good, but because it can complement all skin tones, making it very easy to wear. A lot of people (especially younger generations) consider rose gold the most romantic precious metal due to its pink luster. However, rose gold jewelry will always be desirable to most jewelry lovers.

Is it suitable for jewelry and engagement rings?

You can find many rose gold jewelry, such as rings, bracelets, earrings and a choker necklace. However, one of the most popular jewelry made out of this material is the rose gold engagement ring. Copper is a very strong and durable metal and when mixed with gold it will help preserve its shape and surface. That is why a rose gold engagement ring and any other type of jewelry made out of this metal can last you a very long time (if you don’t lose it).

There is also another benefit. Unlike white gold, which gets its whiter surface due to its rhodium coating, rose gold jewelry will never require any special or time-consuming maintenance.

Now all you have to do is to decide on that perfect piece of rose gold jewelry and let it complement your fashion style.  To view our limited edition jewelry collections, please visit our online jewelry shop. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or contact us.

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Ruxandra is a fashion blogger who teaches fashion stumped twenty to thirty somethings how to shop their jewelry boxes for polished new ensembles. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fashionista, Nylon, and Refinery29.