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Rose gold has become very popular in the last few years, yet is not new to the jewelry industry. Rose gold got its start in the 19th century in Russia. Carl Faberge was one of the first to use rose gold in his lovely Faberge eggs, blending gold and copper. This blend created a lovely pinkish material that was first coined as Russian Gold. As it gained popularity it became know as "Rose Gold".
The depth of rose gold color depends on the ratio of copper to gold, ranging from soft pink to a more reddish pink. The higher the copper content, the darker red the gold is. For 14k Rose Gold consists of 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc. For 18 karat rose gold, typically about 4% silver is added to 75% gold and 21% copper.
For this reason, rose gold is not considered hypo-allergenic.
Rose gold continues to show off its beauty and compliments many beautiful gemstones and diamonds, in particular the Morganite, which has been very popular in today's bridal market.
Feel free to browse the website for gorgeous rose gold options. Any of these rings can be created in 18k rose gold upon request, subject to increase of cost.
Thank you and have a lovely day!
Where does the time go, we ask. Busy schedules, family time, events and just LIFE! I too have been busy with moving, learning new jewelry techniques and constantly striving for better.
While the wheel of time is spinning, I hope to add more new pieces to the shop. With a passion for gorgeous fine, one of a kind gemstones in various sizes ( yes, I like BIG stones ), this is getting to be more fun than ever! I also am a Rapnet member, which provides me with access to basically any diamond in the world. With this fantastic combination, we can dream up basically anything!
Feel free to email me anytime. Also, check out my Instagram where you can see videos of these fine gemstones, diamonds and ring designs at Resa Wilkinson Jewelry.
May you and yours be blessed and happy during these holidays.
Sometimes you come across a stone that stands out above the rest....with magical color and star filled sparkles. This happened when walking past the Oregon Sunstone booth at a convention. Red beams called to me from my left shoulder as I stopped abruptly in my quick pace. What appeared to be solid red, was instead, this seductive bi-color natural Sunstone. From the top it is vivid red with flecks of orange, yet from the sides, soft champagne tones with a drop of wine. Moving it from side to side, I knew this stone was very special and therefore, I left the booth with this magical Sunstone knowing it would be the key feature in a ring.
It now rests in an engagement ring to be admired Forever.....
Exciting new Pantone 2016 colors with soft, comforting tones designed to help "unwind"and remind us to breathe, reflect and play, especially with our ongoing commitment to stay connected. Here are a few examples of this year's jewelry trends. Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, ( like Morganite ), Limpet Shell ( like pale blue Chalcedony ) Snorkel Blue ( like ceylon Sapphires ), Green Flash ( like Peridot ), Fiesta ( like Carnelian ), Buttercup ( like Hessonite) and Iced Coffee ( like Champagne Diamonds ) and Lilac Gray ( like fancy gray sapphire ).
A separate blog to follow about new shapes of engagements! Hope to see you again.
As durable as gemstones are, they require proper care and cleaning. Here are a few tips taken from the International Colored Gemstone Association to make sure they last for generations and look as beautiful as the day they became yours.
First of all, keep them clean! Rings in particular tend to collect dust and soap behind the stone, particularly if you wear them all the time. To clean transparent crystalline gemstones, simply soak them in water with a touch of gentle soap. If necessary, use a soft toothbrush to scrub behind the stone.
Even the hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage if it has inclusions that weaken the crystal structure. If you have a ring set with a softer gem variety or an included stone, take it off before strenuous exercise.
Diamonds are very hard but can shatter in two with a single well placed blow. Rubies and sapphires are the toughest gems but even they can chip if hit sharply.
"Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires should be fine but many other gems may not be, so when in doubt, leave it out. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and other single-crystal gems can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to remove all film and add extra sparkle.
Opaque gemstones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, require special care. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner and never use ammonia or any chemical solution. These gem materials should just be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These gemstones can be porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, and they may build up inside the stone and discolor it.
The reason why these materials need more care than transparent gemstones is that these materials are essentially rocks, not crystals of a single mineral. For example, when you put a rock in water, it absorbs the water and is moist all the way through. A single crystal gem like sapphire will not absorb water since all the molecules are lined up so tightly in the crystal that there is no room for water to enter.
Opals also require special care. Never use an ultrasonic, never use ammonia, and avoid heat and strong light which can dry out the water in opals.
Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber should only be wiped clean with a moist cloth. Due to their organic nature, these gems are both soft and porous. Be careful about chemicals in hairspray, cosmetics, or perfume: they can, over time, damage pearls in particular.
Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately so that harder stones don't scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder than the metal it is set in. Gems can scratch the finish on your gold, silver or platinum if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box."
Resa Wilkinson Jewelry includes soft jewelry sleeves for your rings so you can store them safely.