Rose gold is an alloy of pure 24 karat yellow gold, copper and silver. Pure 24 karat yellow gold is the base for all gold colours and qualities but is, in most cultures, considered too soft to be used in its pure state for jewelry. It must be alloyed with other metals to strengthen it enough to wear.
The intensity of colour in the rose gold depends on the silver to copper ratio in the alloy. Less silver and a higher copper content will result in a more reddish rose colour.
Rose gold was first introduced in early 19th century Russia by jeweller Carl Faberge in his Faberge Eggs. Rose gold later became popular in the United States during the 1920s and was worn in engagement rings and fine jewelry. Cartier was instrumental in its rise in popularity with his rose gold jewelry with gemstones and diamonds. One famous piece is a simple band of three gold colours intertwined known as the “Trinity Ring” commissioned by Jean Cocteau, the famed French writer, artist, filmmaker, and playwright.
Rose gold is a gentle and romantic colour of gold, perfectly suited for elegant fine jewelry. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, keep rose gold in mind when choosing a gift for your loved one.
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