Rose gold is gaining popularity again. Its warm, lustrous hue reflects light beautifully. It is sometimes known as pink or red gold, too.
What gives rose gold its color?
Although the names are often used interchangeably, the difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content: the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration. Pink gold uses the least copper, followed by rose gold, with red gold containing the most copper.
Rose gold was first used in Russia by Carl Faberge, a famous jeweler known for his elaborate and intricate Faberge Eggs. At the time, it was called Russian gold.
During the lavish “roaring” 1920’s in the United States, rose gold jewelry became popular, especially in the designs of Cartier. One piece in particular that drove the popularity of rose gold was Cartier’s “Trinity Ring,” which is still popular even today. This piece is three simple interwoven ring bands, one of each color; yellow, white, and rose gold.
During World War II, the price of copper increased and it was not as available to the general public. Copper was used in many ways during the war effort, and as a result, we began to see less rose gold jewelry and more white gold and platinum engagement rings.
Today, we have seen rose gold hoop earrings chosen by many of our clients. Rose gold is a wonderful addition to one’s wardrobe and, because of its beautiful color, a stunning accessory for just the right outfit.