It’s not very often that a new trend arrives and instead of fading away, it becomes a staple. Think of how denim jeans have become a staple of our lives today.
India’s obsession with the yellow metal is well known. Be it the to-be bride’s jhumka earrings at the roka, or the future mother-in-law’s gold set at the engagement, or the rings gifted to the bride’s sisters by the groom at the customary shoe-returning ceremony after the pheras – gold remains THE metal of choice for weddings. It’s only now that couples are shifting to newer metals like platinum for their wedding bands, but gold’s charm remains unaltered.
However a newer variety has taken the market by storm! It’s called ‘rose gold’...
Photograph: Tiffany & Co. rose gold wedding bands, tiffany.com
What Is Rose Gold?
First things first – gold is found only in one colour and that is yellow. However, naturally occurring pure 24-karat gold is too soft to be used for jewellery. Hence, it is alloyed with metals like copper, silver or palladium to make it harder. Copper is the most common alloy metal used (as it is cheaper than silver) and when the amount of added copper ranges from 8% onwards to 40%(more the copper, redder the shade) with slight amounts of silver, what you get is gold with a drool-worthy pink undertone. Called rose gold, this shade is beautiful to look at and complements Indian skin tones perfectly. Also, because of the pink undertones, the colour is not very stark to look at – thus making it totally suitable for accessories to wear at work.
Photograph: Interiors of the Victoria Beckham co-designed Range Rover Evoque that has rose gold detailing on the inside as well as an external grill in the same shade, landrover.com; Sonam Kapoor in the iconic Anamika Khanna sari dress at Cannes which had intricate rose-gold embroidery.
Celeb Fan Following
Celebs don’t seem to be getting enough of this colour. Victoria Beckham not only owns wrist watches in the colour, but when the mother-of-four was roped in to design limited-edition Range Rover Evoque cars, she even made the front grill and interiors in rose gold! Back home, our very own fashion darling Sonam Kapoor’s iconic blush pink Anamika Khanna sari-dress at the Cannes Film Festival had lovely rose gold embroidery all over the pallu. And talking of jewellery, Sonam has adorned many pieces in rose gold, including necklaces from Chopard’sHappy Diamond collection for her GQ shoot. Deepika Padukone looked effortless when she wore a Gucci dress in the shade. Artist Katy Perry has even sported rose-gold dyed hair.
(L-R): Deepika Padukone in a rose gold Gucci gown, Pinterest.com; Sonam Kapoor for GQ India wearing a chic rose gold necklace by Chopard, gqindia.com; Katy Perry sports rose gold hair, mobilebeauty.co.uk
Rose Gold Essentials
Rose gold is a trend that isn’t fading away anytime soon. Here are some suggestions to add the shade to your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket.
(L-R): Three Giordano watches in rose gold, yellow gold and steel finishes, giordanowatches.com; Fossil rose gold watch, pinterest.com; Titan Raga rose gold bracelet watch, Titan Raga ad campaign.
A Rose Gold Watch is a must. Opt for the following brands: Fossil, Titan, Giordano.
Double band rose gold ring, www.dancingdesignsjewelry.com
A Rose Gold Ring looks stunning. Cheaper alternatives are available in the market. However if you want the shade for an engagement or a special occasion, we suggest Forevermark’s Millemoi collection, which has a stunning blend of all the three gold colours together – white, yellow and rose.
Rose gold quilted bag, court shoe, wedge heels, patent leather bag and Ray Ban aviators
Accessories: Shoes, bags or belts. Take your pick. The colour looks gorgeous on fabric-based accessories. (Marc Jacobs even did rose-gold sneakers!) Also, aviator sunglasses with a rose-gold tint will give you a retro vibe unlike any other.
Orly Rose gold nail paint, peachesandblush.com
Rose Gold Nailpaint: Big brands have done lovely shades of the colour in a variety of finishes – matte, metallic, satin, and so on. However, they aren’t available in India. Worry not! We found a brand called Orly that not only is available here but is also affordable (@ Rs 270). Check out their Foil FX Collection’s Rage shade.