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The Guide to Rose Gold Jewellery


  • What is Rose Gold Jewellery?
  • How is Rose Gold Jewellery Made?
  • Who Suits Rose Gold Jewellery?
  • How to Wear Rose Gold Jewellery
  • How to Clean Rose Gold Jewellery

What is Rose Gold Jewellery?

Over the last several years we have noticed a steady increase in clients asking for Rose gold jewellery options. Whether it be a dainty pair of hoops or a more elaborate ring stack, to rose gold engagement/ wedding ring sets. It’s not just us! The whole jewellery industry has seen a rise in popularity of this beautiful coloured blush gold. One of the great things about rose gold is that it holds the lustre of yellow gold mixed with a beautifully feminine pinkish blush tone thats pleasing to the eye and a little softer than the traditional yellow (though less stark than white gold). Its a versatile colour that can pair up with all your outfits whilst giving you another colour of metal to include in your fine and demi-fine jewellery. If you are new to this colour then you might have a few questions before you dive in and start adding a few additions to your jewellery box. Or perhapse you already have a few rose gold items and you are looking for inspiration on how to wear rose gold. Either way we have you covered…

How is Rose Gold Jewellery Made?

All gold comes out of the ground yellow doesn’t it? Yes it does. So, the basic question you might be asking yourself is what is rose gold jewellery? Well rose gold jewellery is an alloy, as is all gold thats less that 24 carat gold. 24 carat is the only pure gold, is highly expensive and far too soft for wearable jewellery, so is mixed with other metals in varying degrees to make it more durable. Rose gold is usually made from a mix of yellow gold, copper and silver. The exact percentage of yellow gold in the mix depends on the carat (eg 9ct, 14ct, 18ct, etc).

Who Suits Rose Gold Jewellery?

The good news is that the soft blush pink tones of rose gold jewellery suit just about all skin tones and colou variations. Whether you have cooler or warmer skin tones rose gold will compliment you. It’s a versatile colour that anyone can wear, which is why it’s seen such popularity. As with all jewellery, personal choice does come into it though, so the best thing to do with rose gold is to try a simple addition such as a pair of simple hoops or a thin stacking ring, and go from there with deciding if you like the colour. It’s easy to try with a relatively inexpensive 14K gold filled piece of jewellery for example, to get an idea of how it looks on you and to experiment on how you can personally wear rose gold.

How to Wear Rose Gold Jewellery

Minimaist Rose Gold Hoops and Rings

If you’ve visited our website before then you will be aware that we love minimalist style jewellery. So it won’t come as any suprise if I tell you that one of the loveliest ways we’ve found to wear rose gold is in minimalist stacking rings and thin ear hoops. This is a great introductory way to bring rose gold into your life without hitting it too heavily to begin. From here you could consider adding a dainty pendant and matching bracelet.Once you have a few items then you have some choices of how to wear your rose gold.

Mix and Match Your Metals

Once upon a time mixing metals was frowned upon. You chose one set to wear in one colour and that was your choice. However fashion and jewellery style has come a long way since those days of strict rules. So whilst some occasions you may prefer to keep metals all in one colour, theres nothing stopping you mixing yellow, rose and white gold, or silver and platinum, other than your own personal preference. In fact mixing colours is seen as quite a chic way to wear gold and silver. The colour contrasts can bring out the metal colours when layering your jewellery. A good place to start could be dainty rings, and using a few different metal types to build your own ring stack that you can alter and switch around as you desire.

You can also seek out designs that have already got a mix of metals in them. Two tone gold earrings are easy to come by, as are Russian wedding band style 3 coloured bands that are interlocked. The interlocking dual (or triple) colours are popular. Another popular mixed style is a coloured shape such as a heart contrasted with a different coloured background. You’ll soon notice many options once you start looking if the pre-mixed colour items interest you.

If you’re looking for a timeless way to wear rose gold, or the most versatile way then a single colour metal in a simple style, that you can layer up as you choose is likely to be the best option. Unless you don’t mind your jewellery taking on a more vintage look as fashion styles and trends change in the future.

Another tip is to choose similar style jewellery items. Even if they are in different coloured metals, if they follw a similar style then they will easily match and you will have a much wider range of occasions that they will look great for.

Layering Rose Gold Necklaces and Bracelets

Here are 2 stylish modern options for layering multiple pieces together that you can do as soon as you have your first pieces.

Several bracelets with or without charms usually go well together. Ideally keep them lightweigth to avoid them knocking together or getting damaged. Also the heavier they are the more annoying they may be when wearing for a long time. A few different chain styles can work well. These tend to look best on one wrist rather than on both sides.

Rose gold necklaces can be mixed together in different ways. The best way to see what you like and what works is to experiement with a few different thin chain necklaces or bracelets to begin. Two or three is a good start. This creates a chic look which you can build with another necklace, or a few more thin bracelelts for a more boho trend. Just beware of going too much with chains that are too heavy. As the stacked look can be overdone and you coud end up looking like a fairground mystic! (Which is fine if that was the intent!). Ideally necklaces should be at different lengths to compliment each other. The most popular lengths being 16 inch (short), 18 inch (around the collar bone), and 20 inch (dipping a little further towards the clevage).

Single Long Rose Gold Necklace

A 24 inch or longer chain is a popular long length necklace. Though often this length looks better as a single necklace worn with jumpers, to break up the single colour. Or with camisole/ vest tops and a cardi. Often these chains work well with a little bit of weight such as a pendant on the end or a disc or other trinket attached. The weight also helps hold them down a little preventing them hooking over your bust (though not fool proof).

Rose Gold Ring Stacks

Several dainty rose gold rings look great together, either on a single finger, or wear thin rings over a few different fingers. Less is more with this look when split over different fingers and dainty rings work best. Whilst a ring stack may easily have 2 to 5 (or more) thin rings on a single finger. This can be a mix of gemstone rings or plain metal. You can buy sets already made for stacking or rings that fit together, or shaped rings that go around other rings. For instance a celtic heart ring that fits a gemstine ring inside. Or a wedding band with a shaped notch or curve to fit around an engagement ring.

Rose Gold Gemstone Jewellery

It may come as a suprise but rose gold can be paired with pretty much any gemstone to create different balancing or stunning effects. For instance rose gold can go fantastically well as a setting for a pink gemstone engagement ring. Popular pink stones include Morganite, Tourmaline or Rose quartz. The sparkling ice white of a diamond is another favourite for Rose gold lovers. Whilst the growth in the eco market has seen people choosing Morganite and other exceptional quality diamond substitutes as the gemstone of choice.

Amethyst looks stunning with rose gold. Both complementing each other and also providing a touch of contrast. The rose metal brings out beautiful tones in amethyst’s rich purple.

For a stunning modern contrast a green gemstone can look amazing set in rose metal. The list is endless and its definitely worth looking into further if you love to wear gemstones in your jewellery. The addition of a rose gold setting can really bring out a difference in the classic gemstone colourations.

How to Clean Rose Gold Jewellery

Rose gold can be cleaned much the same as any other piece of fine or demi-fine jewellery. It can benefit from a wipe after use or every week with a soft clean cloth to help keep it’s shine. If a more intense clean is needed, then a dip in mild soapy water and a very gentle clean with a soft foothbrush can help loosen and remove dirt from the jewellery. Dry gently and ensure it’s totally dry again before putting back on or storing. If this still doesnt bring back the shine then it may be time to take it into a jewellers fro a professional clean. It’s usually a good time for your jewellery to be checked for signs of wear and tear damage by the jeweller at the same time. This way you can prolong the wear of your rose gold jewellry and avoid breaks or losing stones if you have gemstones mounted. It’s exactly the same with all fien jewellery, so theres no extra hassle than with yellow gold.

Does Rose Gold Tarnish?

Carat rose gold and 14k rose gold filled jewellery does not tarnish. However it can change colour over time. Typically this will be a gradual change to a slightly darker red colour caused by the copper used to give it’s colour beginning to oxidise. The result is a rich patina developing over the years.