A rose by any other name – rose gold and its unique transition

A rose by any other name

“Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Picasso understood the peculiarities of colour. He understood that colour can sometimes express our inner workings better than imagery or symbols.

Back in the day, colour was given to fine jewellery mostly through the use of stones, beads or resins, and the colour of the metal was restricted to two colours – white or gold (and black if you didn’t mind the oxidation process).

And while both white and yellow metals provide their own unique flare to jewellery, a more recent addition to the metal colour palette has changed our perception of what a piece of jewellery can be. Rose gold is a combination of two traditionally romantic elements: gold, the metal we so easily associate with engagements and weddings, and pink roses, flowers reserved for Valentines Days and first dates.

Rose gold has a delicate kind of luxury which the other metals just simply don’t. Diamonds especially seem to pop into life when set in rose gold, reflecting the metal’s subtle hints of pink and giving life to the piece in a visually dazzling way.

Not all of us are wooed by the cold, almost detached shades found in silver, white gold and platinum, but we’re also not drawn to the almost old fashioned, outdated, 1970s hue of yellow gold. This is where rose gold slides beautifully into play. Warmer than the white metals, yet more luxurious and subtler than yellow gold, rose gold provides a middle ground which is both romantic and playful.

HM1171 ARDOUR ROSE GOLD RING

Ardour Rose Gold Ring

Rose gold has a delicate kind of luxury which the other metals just simply don’t. Diamonds especially seem to pop into life when set in rose gold, reflecting the metal’s subtle hints of pink and giving life to the piece in a visually dazzling way. Not all of us are wooed by the cold, almost detached shades found in silver, white gold and platinum, but we’re also not drawn to the almost old fashioned, outdated, 1970s hue of yellow gold. This is where rose gold slides beautifully into play. Warmer than the white metals, yet more luxurious and subtler than yellow gold, rose gold provides a middle ground which is both romantic and playful.

HM1113 Punk Tangle 3 Colour Bracelet

Tangle Three Colour Bracelet

The versatility of rose gold is easily seen when combined with the more traditional metal colours. It takes the best features of yellow and white and creates a fashionably soft and feminine harmony, allowing yellow to flow smoothly into white without creating starkly visible borders and jagged colour lines.

Roses are associated with love and romance, candlelight and passion. Rose gold is capable of reflecting all of these things, while adding something unique and special to jewellery which was previously only attainable by adding coloured stones or other elements. Have we found the missing link, the meeting place between fire and ice, a place where we can enjoy the best of both worlds while experiencing something unique in its own rights? It is only you, the wearer, who can answer that question.

For more playful yet passionate rose gold pieces, view the collections on www.newromanticjewellery.com and create your own narrative and connection to this romantic and luxurious metal.

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