A Rose in Time

Evoking warm tones that work well with all styles, rose gold is a metal full of character.

A Rose in Time
Jewellery // Jason Ree           Image // Tandy Rowley Photography

What is it?

Rose gold is a mixture of yellow gold and copper alloy. The shades vary, depending on the ratio of yellow gold to copper. The more copper, the deeper the colour of the rose gold, while a softer shade is created when less copper is used.

History

Rose gold jewellery has made some notable appearances throughout history. First was during the nineteenth century in Russia when the unfamiliar combination of copper and yellow gold was introduced. At the time it was commonly referred to as ‘Russian gold’ due to its popularity and fashion-appeal  amongst Russians.

The radiant toned metal became popular during the Mid-Victorian era, where the pink-hued jewellery was seen as a colour of romance and became the style of choice during this period.

However, the most recognised time period for rose gold’s popularity was in the late 1920’s when renowned French jeweller, Cartier, released a signature piece of jewellery called the Trinity Band. This ring was made up of three entwined smaller bands: one rose gold, one white gold and one yellow gold band linked together.

During the war period, the government banned the use of platinum amongst civilians as it was being used for military purposes, and so rose gold’s distinctive reputation continued to soar and it quickly became the common alternative for jewellery pieces. It continued to flourish during the Retro Era between 1935 up until the 1950’s.

The 90’s saw minimalism take hold and jewellery trends shifted to more black and white styles which mainly featured silver or white gold jewellery. However, the past few years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of rose gold.

Modern Day

Perfect for use as the focus material or a fine feature contrasted against white gold or platinum, rose gold has become a favourite material to work with when designing new jewellery pieces. Its ability to add colour and soften any piece while highlighting diamonds and gems has led to its inclusion in many
jewellery pieces.

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