Though gold has been used in jewelry for thousands of years, rose gold didn't make its debut until the 1800's in Russia. Popularity soon increased and spread throughout Europe, and by the early 1900's rose gold jewelry was found in most major European cities. In the early 1900's, the renown French jeweler, Louis Cartier, created a ring named "Trinity de Cartier" - a masterpiece comprised of three bands of white, yellow and rose gold inter weaved in an exquisite work of art. The rose gold bands were magnificently accentuated by those of white and yellow, and this jewelry piece helped to spark a fashion trend that spread over Europe and later in the US. In more recent years, Tiffany put rose gold jewelry in the forefront with their line called RUBEDO, which means "redness" in Latin.
Today we find rose gold in lovely color variations, particularly in bridal jewelry, ranging from a very light pinkish hue to a soft rose and, in some cases, even a deep reddish tint. Juxtaposed with other metals, including white and yellow gold, platinum, and silver, along with diamonds and other gemstones, this precious metal makes for an exquisite jewelry piece. But, you may ask, is rose gold authentic gold? Absolutely! And just as any gold used in jewelry contains alloys to make this naturally soft metal hard enough for jewelry production, rose gold is no exception.
It all starts with pure gold mined from the earth, which is naturally yellow, malleable and soft - way too soft in its natural state to be used in jewelry. From there, the metal is refined and hardened through the addition of other harder metals or alloys.Yellow gold, for example, is hardened by the addition of silver, copper and zinc, which also make the gold lighter in color and shinier. White gold is made "white" by the additions of silver and palladium. In the case of rose gold, mostly copper and a lesser amount of silver are added to provide the metal with its rose tint - the more copper added, the deeper the rose.
And the fineness of rose gold is determined exactly the same way as yellow and white gold. Fineness or purity of any precious metal is measured in karats (K), with 24K being 100% pure (not to be confused with the carat of a diamond or any gemstone, which is a measure of weight). When an alloy is added, that karat level changes. For example, rose gold comprised of 75% pure yellow gold, along with 22.25% copper and 2.75% silver, is 18K. When the rose gold is comprised of 58% pure yellow gold, along with 32% copper and 10% silver, it becomes 14K.
Preference in gold jewelry is totally subjective. People are drawn to rose gold because it's different from its more traditional yellow and white counterparts, its color is simply stunning, it matches well with most skin tones, and its versatility when combined with other metals and gemstones adds to its overall uniqueness. Gold and Gems Fine Jewelry has a wide selection of exquisite rose gold pieces. If you are in the market for purchasing a rose gold piece or just perusing objects of beauty, you might take a gander at our collection here...