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While many think rose gold is the latest fashion in engagement rings, Faberge was using rose gold as early as 1890 to adorn his famous eggs. From there, rose gold found its way west, rising steadily in popularity through the Victorian age, peaking in the 1920s. After fading in popularity through the later twentieth century, rose gold has made a strong comeback, especially in vintage rose gold engagement rings.
The purity of gold is measured by karats, a 24 point scale where 24K means pure gold (24 of its 24 parts are gold). Pure gold is far too soft for use in jewelry, so it is mixed (or alloyed) with other, harder metals such as copper and zinc. Due to its red hue, copper is the dominant alloy used in rose gold. While more copper leads to a redder appearance, fine jewelry tends to avoid 10K rose gold (majority copper and other alloys), simply because true gold makes up less than half the metal. Lumera rose gold is either 14K (58.5% gold) or 18K (75% gold), and each engagement ring is stamped as such. Lumera does not use nickel (a common irritant to those with sensitive skin) as an alloy in any rose gold engagement ring.
Like Yellow gold, rose gold requires less maintenance than white gold, which may need re-plating over long periods of time. To maintain the appearance of rose gold, avoid harsh chemicals and detergents when possible. Because gold is a soft metal, any rose gold engagement ring will acquire a patina over time. This is a dull yet lustrous finish composed of tiny individually invisible scratches in the metal’s surface. If desired, a buffing with a soft, dry cloth will restore some of the original appearance.
Due to the unique color, rose gold engagement rings are a very personal choice. Most wearers love it or hate it. Any diamond shape and size will work will with rose gold, but vintage and classic ring designs tend to be most popular.
Some of our most popular Rose Gold styles: