Olive Yew was one of the first small jewelry companies to make rose gold jewelry. For the pieces of jewelry that aren’t made in Olive Yew’s shop, such as chains and clasps, it was quite a feat to get the materials. Manufacturers simply didn’t make rose gold filled materials that were needed to create the jewelry. After a great deal of pestering – yes pestering – manufactures finally started.
When Was Rose Gold First Used?
The first decorative items that have been found were made of sea shells and were created around 110,000 years ago. The use of copper for jewelry started from 5000 – 30 BC. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that rose gold got its start in jewelry.
The combination of yellow gold and copper that creates a lovely pink metal was first used for jewelry around 1800 AD in Russia. This new gold blend was referred to as "Russian Gold" due to its wide spread popularity in Russia. As time passed and it became more widely used around the world, "Russian Gold" eventually was renamed "Rose Gold."
Depending on the ratio of gold to copper, the color can vary from a deeper red to a soft pink. The more copper that is used, the deeper color of red.
It is really hard to get the rose gold material breakdown from a manufacturer (ex. 75% gold, 25% copper), so you’ll see a mix of Red Gold, Real Rose Gold and Pink Gold at Olive Yew.
Rose Gold Fun Fact
The copper in rose gold can darken over time. As a result, rose gold jewelry can change in color to more of a Red Gold. To learn how to care for and clean rose gold jewelry, read our Comprehensive Jewelry Cleaning Guide.
To see more of Olive Yew's handmade rose gold, gold and silver jewelry, visit the Olive Yew Etsy shop.