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Life Is Sweeter In Rose Gold: 21 Jewels That Say So


Valentine’s Day may be over, but the remainder of February is the perfect time for feeling rosy.

So let’s talk rose gold. The catalyst for this particular post was amethyst—February’s birthstone looks amazing in rose gold. Dare I say, it’s its best look. I think some creators may agree, so this month tends to serve up fresh rose gold looks, albeit playing a supporting role to the gemstone (by the way, black diamonds also look fantastic set in rose gold).

But what about the metal on its own? When it comes to the metal most on consumers’ minds, I’d say we’re still in a full-on gold rush. But sterling silver is picking up speed, signaling a break in the lengthy period yellow gold has all but owned.

First sterling silver, then, who knows? Rose gold may well be the next fashionable get.

Gwen Barba Weave cigar band
Weave cigar band in 14k rose gold, $875; Gwen Barba
Cindy Liebel rose gold hoops
Kairo hoop earrings in rose-gold fill, $55; Cindy Liebel
Karma El Khalil Trilogy ring
Trilogy ring in 18k rose gold, $3,800; Karma El Khalil
Deborah Pagani Pink Pill bracelet
Pink Pill bracelet in 18k rose gold with with pink sapphires, diamonds, and pink enamel, $7,000; Deborah Pagani
Carbon and Hyde big link ring
Big Link ring in 14k rose gold, $3,220; Carbon & Hyde
Dru Dagger pendant
Dagger pendant in 14k rose gold, $475; Dru

Here’s the thing about sterling silver and rose gold, though—they’re rarely the metal we commit to. And by that I mean, most people have a preferred metal—for their wedding sets, their everyday necklaces, the stud earrings they may rarely change. It’s typically either white gold or yellow—and yellow has been leading the pack as of late.

Misahara World We necklace
World We necklace in 18k rose gold, $2,400; Misahara
Grace Lee Double Helix earrings
Double Helix earrings in 14k rose gold, $788; Grace Lee
Rachel Katz rose gold bracelet
Bracelet in 14k rose gold, $4,700; Rachel Katz Jewelry
Susan Crow rose gold band
Wide rough-cut band in 14k recycled red gold, $2,125; Susan Crow Studio
Kassandra Nicholson Wave pendant
Wave pendant in 14k rose gold, $620; Kassandra Nicholson

And most (not all!) jewelry wearers are pretty hesitant to mix their metals, though it wasn’t always passé to do so (remember the two-tone and tri-gold trends? They could come back!).

Despite the fact that rose gold was a very hot commodity in bridal about 10 years ago, it doesn’t appear to be making waves anytime soon. Multiple jewelers I spoke to that specialize in engagement and wedding rings confirmed that, and although some shoppers were in the market for rose gold, it was in no way trending.

Harvey Owen Hyde hoop earrings
Hyde hoop earrings in 18k rose gold, £900 ($1,220); Harvey Owen

“I think people who don’t wear much jewelry if any go for rose gold, as it is softer,” says Hallam Harvey of Harvey Owen Jewelry.

And that makes perfect sense—a single rose gold piece is incredibly impactful, because it is so soft and lovely and, in a way, unexpected due to the popularity of its counterparts. But it’s not often seen worn head-to-toe as is the case with yellow or white.

Laura Gallon star diamond necklace
Star necklace in 14k rose gold with 0.01 ct. diamond, $900; Laura Gallon
Ounce of Salt diamond hoops
Hoop earrings in 14k rose gold with 0.48 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, $2,200; Ounce of Salt
Established Boss ring
Boss ring in 18k rose gold, price on request; Established

I’m craving the sight of more heavy metal styles in rose—either chunky pieces or groups of more demure styles. It’s remarkable, the art jewelers can create with few or no gemstones to shine up a piece of metal, and rose gold is a worthy medium.

Noor Repertoir U hoops
Répertoire U-hoop earrings in 18k rose gold, $1,800; Noor Shamma
Nouvel Heritage rose gold necklace
Necklace in 18k rose gold with diamonds, $4,000; Nouvel Heritage
Never Not rose gold heart ring
Ready 2 Burst ring in 18k rose gold, $3,126; NeverNot
Kamal Eye Adore necklace
Eye Adore necklace in 18k rose gold with 0.01 ct. diamond, $1,400; Kamal
Pura Gracia Stay Connected earrings
Stay Connected earrings in 14k rose gold, $350; Pura Gracia Jewelry

Even those who don’t want to go full-on rose will appreciate the soft metal’s ability to play sweetly with yellow or white gold, blending beautifully with the former and adding a touch of romance to the latter.

Here are some perfect-in-pink examples to stir the pot on rose gold.

Top: Necklace in 18k rose gold with diamonds, $18,125; Walters Faith

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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