"All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable."
- Kathleen Norris
Over the years, people’s tastes in gold have changed considerably – from yellow to white to rose gold – especially when it comes to jewellery. Be it bracelets, necklaces, rings or watches, rose and white gold is the hot new choice of both Millenials and the older generation. On the surface, it may seem like just a colour difference but there are certain facts about these three varieties that we may not be aware of.
So what actually sets them apart?
Rose Gold –
Be it bracelets, necklaces, rings or watches, rose gold has been ruling the roost for quite a while now. Even when it comes to home decor, a lot of people are opting for this beautiful variant.
Rose gold is a mixture of yellow gold, silver and copper metals. The silver and copper combine to create the pink colour that we find so attractive.
The best part about it is that it doesn’t tarnish. It can, however, turn slightly darker or redder after years of wear.
Rose gold can be paired with silver and platinum jewellery. On its own too, it gives a timeless classic look for any occasion.
White Gold –
This variant has also been quite a trend for a long time now. White gold can be confused with platinum quite often, but it is actually an alloy of gold.
It is made up of pure gold, mixed with alloy metals which have a silvery-white colour, like silver or palladium. Apart from this, it is also coated in Rhodium which is a precious metal that comes from the same family as platinum. It gives white gold some added strength, durability and a nice lustrous surface sheen.
Over time the rhodium coating begins to fade, hence revealing the yellow gold colour underneath. But this can be easily fixed by getting the affected piece of jewellery re-coated with rhodium every now and then by any jeweller.
White gold is the perfect choice for those who prefer a silver-white look over yellow gold. Because of its neutral shade, it is well suited for all events, right from weddings to parties to a more formal setting.
Yellow Gold –
This timeless metal has been a favourite since time immemorial. Pure gold is a soft metal and has to be mixed with other metals to make it stronger and to be able to mould it into shape.
Usually, the higher the carat of yellow gold, the more easily it will get scratched. But these scratches can be removed through polishing.
Yellow gold jewellery is classic and looks gorgeous when paired with warm colours like orange, yellow, coral and brown.