Rose gold, characterised by its trademark pale violet colour, is bouncing back into the minds of Australia’s jewellery lovers and is set to become one of the most popular precious metals of 2015. As a distinctly feminine substance of great diversity, rose gold can be worn with a variety of other colours to magnify its unassuming beauty and in a range of pieces, from necklaces and earrings to pendants. Nothing can match, however, the understated elegance of this rose gold, diamond wire ring – a true item of subtle class.
Mixing metals for colour, beauty and strength
Even the name ‘rose gold’ holds romantic connotations, but how exactly is it made? Pure gold (typically 22 karats and higher) is a little too soft to be used as jewellery by itself, as it’s liable to bend out-of-shape easily. Hence, jewellers add other metals, creating an alloy and making the overall substance stronger. In the case of rose gold, humble copper is mixed in, giving the metal its reddish tint, the amount used determining the final overall colour.
The price is right
What’s more, rose gold is relatively rare – perhaps down to the fact that, compared to white or yellow gold, not much of it is made. That doesn’t mean that the price of rose gold soars above all others, as you may think – copper is inexpensive, meaning that the outlay for a jewellery piece crafted from the metal is comparable to that of other golds of a similar weight.
Though the presence of copper may lead to the assumption that rose gold is of a lesser value than other varieties, the truth is that the alloy contains the same amount of gold as an 18 karat piece. Typically, rose gold will contain around 75 per cent gold, 22.5 per cent copper and 2.5 per cent silver, creating a blush tinge. That beautiful, rich hue is what makes the metal so attractive to jewellery aficionados – a unique colour that allows it to stand out among other, more formulaic pieces.
A piece to treasure – for now and the future
Over time, rose gold characteristically darkens into a deeper red as a result of the copper’s exposure to oxygen, though the process is notably slow – in some instances, a lifetime. However, far from being detrimental to the quality of the piece, this distinguishing feature lends a vintage, antique feel, adding to its individuality and overall beauty. Many rose gold pieces seen today will go on to make valuable heirlooms, that unique colour standing the test of time and cyclical fashion trends for years to come.
Rose gold is a unique metal with a characteristic colour that lends a stand-out quality – the vintage impression an added attraction.