Monday, February 6, 2012

Ring Around the Rosey...

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Recently read a great article by Colette Bouchez ( with tips and advice on how to style ROSE GOLD. I found it pretty helpful so I thought I'd share! 
  1.  Rose gold is made primarily by blending copper with gold – and the more rosy the color the more copper it contains.   So your first rose gold fashion tip is to pair it with copper jewelry.   Be it bracelets, rings, or earrings, inexpensive copper jewelry will set off the glow of a single piece of  rose gold jewelry, keeping you in the right color without breaking your budget.
  2. Pair rose gold with turquoise.  Nothing, we mean NOTHING looks better than a rose gold watch snuggled up next to a few turquoise bangles. Or choose a pair of fabulous turquoise earrings trimmed in topaz crystals or a turquoise ring to go with your rose gold bracelets. Also seek out the hot new Mosaic Turquoise which blends tiny bits of copper and other earth tones with turquoise for an amazing look with rose gold.
  3. Want to give your rose gold jewelry an even rosier glow ?  Pair it with coral, rose quartz, or red crystal earrings or bracelets for the ultimate red gold glow.
  4. When mixing rose gold with yellow gold realize that they both come in many different shades.  To get the best blend look for  either antique gold (with a darker hue) or a green gold . Both will set off the glow of rose gold and make it stand out . If your  gold is too “yellow”  your rose gold will fade into the background and won’t even be noticed.
  5. When pairing  rose gold with silver search out a soft, muted antique silver as opposed to a bright silver. Again, you want the rose gold to come center stage so don’t outshine it with a bright silver.
  6. When purchasing rose gold remember there is no such thing as “pure” rose gold – so don’t fall for that sales pitch!  Since it’s an alloy blended with yellow gold,  you can never have “pure”rose gold.
  7. The rosier your rose gold the more copper it contains – so the price should actually be lower, not higher.  The most common formulation for “red gold”- that really rosy color – is 50% gold and 50% copper.  If your rose gold has a yellow tinge then it likely contains up to 15% zinc.   
  8. Crown gold is the most expensive form of rose gold, which is 22 karat. It is usually made of 25% copper and 75% gold.  18 karat rose gold is made of 21% copper, 4% silver, and 75% gold, so it pairs best with silver jewelry.
  9. Rose gold on a budget:  Go for 10 kt rose gold !  Because it contains far less gold it is much cheaper – but the beauty of it is, it contains the same amount of copper,  so the rose gold look is very similar!   You can also go for Rose Gold plating – but try to find it over brass and not silver.   It gives a warmer, more natural  looking rose gold patina.
  10. Bring out your  rose gold look with  copper color accessories – such as bags, belts, and shoes.   This will play up the rosy look of your gold and give  more punch to your outfit.

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