Rose gold is a striking metal alloy of gold mixed with copper to create a delightful rosy red tint in the finished material. Rose, red or pink gold jewellery and watches are currently right on trend, originally rose gold became fashionable around the turn of the 19th century, particularly in Russia. Since then, rose gold has been used as a stylish and elegant alternative to yellow and white gold.
The trend of using rose gold in wedding rings was popularised in the 1920's after Louis Cartier designed and wore the 'Trinity ring', which consisted of three interlocking rings made from yellow, white and rose gold. With the rose gold reflecting love, yellow showing loyalty and white gold representing friendship, the three colours of gold were intertwined with each other to symbolise harmony.
Recently, it has been very fashionable to use rose gold in jewellery from traditional pendants and lockets to imitating the colour in fashion rings and in the manufacture of watches. Rose gold in the hands, cases and crowns of sports, fashion and dress watches brings an air of sophistication to a timepiece.
Its colour is suited to more skin tones than yellow gold and sets off other metal colours well; therefore it makes a complimentary addition to any jewellery collection.
Some items may come as 'rose gold-plated', which means a metal such as stainless steel has been covered with a thin layer of rose gold. This makes getting the look more affordable and allows you the beautiful appearance of rose gold. With the exception of rose gold-plated articles, pure rose gold will be tested and stamped with a hallmark at an assay office to clarify its purity and authenticate its gold content just like yellow and white gold - for more information read our Hallmarks guide.
There is no difference in caring for pure or plated rose gold, it should be kept separate from other jewellery, perfumes and hairspray – for more information, read our Caring For Your Jewellery Guide.