Why Rose Gold Beads Are Making Waves

As we make our way into 2016, you may have noticed the rise in popularity of rose gold jewelry.  Its rise in demand isn’t that surprising, considering how beautiful the color is and how it is a unique take on the classic gold style.  Not many people know much about this stunning metal, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to buy everything that is rose gold, whether it is jewelry or the iPhone 6 (which came out in rose gold, to the delight of Apple fans).  If you plan on hopping on this trend and purchasing rose gold beads for your jewelry, it’s important that you know all the details of this cool metal.

What Is Rose Gold?

To understand rose gold, it’s important to know what is, by definition, gold.  Gold is a dense metal that is yellow in color.  It is incredibly malleable, which is why it is often alloyed with other metals to increase its durability.  Depending on the type of alloy, the yellow appearance of gold can be altered, forming what are referred to as colored golds.  To achieve the rose gold color, 18 karat rose gold may have alloys of 75 percent gold, 22.5 percent copper, and 2.75 percent silver.  The highest karat version of rose gold is called Crown gold, a 22 karat gold alloy that was introduced by Henry VII.

The History of Rose Gold

Besides its appearance in the 1500s, rose gold also surged in popularity during the Victorian Era.  It makes sense that rose gold would find its home during this time, seeing as how the Victorian Era was all about romance.  Everyone wanted various shades of pink, and rose gold was the perfect choice for jewelry.  In the 19th century, it became immensely fashionable in Russia and was frequently worn, thus being referred to as “Russian Gold” by many. 

Perhaps the most notable time of rose gold’s popularity was in the 1920s, when the French jeweler Cartier released his signature piece of jewelry called the Trinity Band.  This beautiful band was made up of yellow, white, and rose gold.  The 1930s were all about platinum jewelry, causing rose gold to suffer in popularity.  However, it made a quick comeback when WWII caused a shortage of platinum.  Today, rose gold is once again experiencing a surge in popularity, and it is no secret as to why.

What Are the Benefits of Rose Gold Jewelry?

There are a few reasons why rose gold jewelry is flying off the shelves.  Not only does the color look beautiful with most skin tones, this metal also pairs well with many gemstones and brings a very feminine quality to the wearer.  There is also a sense of decadence with this metal that, no matter what how rich or poor you are, seems to indicate a rather refined lifestyle.  If you make and sell jewelry, now is the time to pick up some rose gold beads.  This trend is continuing on into 2016, and we don’t see it going away any time soon.

How to Take Care of Rose Gold Jewelry

Whether it’s an engagement ring or a bracelet, it’s important to take care of your jewelry.  If your jewelry is rose gold or rose gold-plated, it needs to be cleaned with warm water and dish soap.  Make sure that it is dried thoroughly afterwards.  The nice thing about rose gold jewelry is that it won’t tarnish.  However, it is susceptible to dust, and you should try to avoid having it come into contact with lotions and perfumes.

Step Aside Gold—Rose Gold Is Here

It’s time to make way for the new trend in jewelry (and everything else it seems) and hop on the rose gold trend.  This metal oozes romance and luxury, making it a particularly hot trend in engagement rings right now.  While rose gold made some brief appearances in early history, it wasn’t until the 20th century that it really started getting the attention it deserves.  Whether you are making rose gold jewelry for yourself or planning on selling your pieces, one thing is for certain:  this color is making waves and doesn’t plan on slowing down.