Where Did The Trend For Rose Gold Begin?

Rose gold has been thrust into the spotlight of late, with a number of celebrities sporting jewellery and other items made from the precious metal. Mobile phones have been released in a rose gold shade, while trainers have even had rose gold embellishments.

But where did it all begin? When did this hue of the popular metal rise to popularity? As it turns out, it was the Ancient Colombians who set the rose gold trend in motion, Live Science reported.

Until recently it was believed to have originated in the 19th century, although archaeologists have now found evidence of its use by the Ancient Colombians of the Nahuange in the first millennium.

Not a great deal is known about these people, other than that they were skilled metal workers, but after examining 44 artefacts in the pinkish metal, archaeologists from the Museum of Gold in Bogota found that the Nahuange deliberately burnished the metal to bring out its pink and orange shades.

This is unusual, as other civilisations in the region at the time were known for their gilding – making items appear a brighter gold than normal. Andean goldsmiths pioneered a process known as depletion gilding, which involved using a mixture of oxidization and polishing to bring the gold hue out of a mix of copper and gold metals.

It appears the Nahuange would start with depletion gilding, before burnishing the gold to uncover the pink-tinted metal below.

Earlier this year Pinterest highlighted rose gold as a top trend in wedding and engagement rings, indicating that this is one metal that will be around for centuries to come. Having items gold plated is a great way to refresh them, particularly if they’re treasured items of jewellery in your family.