When we think of gold, we tend to think of the classic yellow gold. It conjures visions of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and Eastern brides dressed in the finest jewelry on their wedding day. From millennia ago to the modern day, the desire for one of the Earth's rarest treasures continue.
Interestingly however, one of the most popular versions of gold sold today, is the cool and contemporary rose gold. Overtaking yellow gold in popularity amongst the younger generations, rose gold has a subtle pink sheen making it one of the most Instagram-able metals out there.
But where does rose gold come from? How is it made? And is it even real gold?
Rose gold is believed to have originated in Russia at some point in the 19th century when it was originally referred to as Russian gold. With the movement of people and trends, it started to gain fans in the USA, from the early 20th century.
Genuine pure gold is often referred to as 24 karat gold. Anything below 24 karats is not pure gold, and has had other elements added to it.
In the case of rose gold, copper is added to pure yellow gold to give it the rose pink sheen we know so well. The more copper, the stronger the pink hue; the less copper added, the weaker the pink hue.
Copper is one of the most inexpensive metals available. This means that a predominantly copper piece of jewelry, e.g. a 10 karat rose gold bracelet, will be fairly budget-friendly.
The purity of gold descends in two's from 24 karat gold, so the purest version of rose gold you can buy will be a 22 karat rose gold. (Anything purer than this would be 24 karat gold which is pure yellow gold).
Some rose gold also contains silver; the effect of this is a change in colour. This is why some rose gold jewelry can seem pink but other pieces have more of a red tone.