Did I really start a new blog just before the holiday season, thinking I'd have enough spare time to post somewhat consistently? Rhetorical question. Nonetheless I'm back again, and this time with some news and some commentary. First, the news: store celebration events are hard work, and I'm about done in. Mr. Esteemed Owner is retiring, and his equally Esteemed Daughter is taking over -- therefore, we must celebrate with massive, never-before-seen discounts! Spectacular news for our lovely customers, for sure, and a complete black hole of exhaustion for us worker bees. Still, the beat goes on, and we've been selling and meeting new people every day. Success!
Now, the commentary (and portion of this post that actually relates to the title): while platinum holds the top spot in most jewelry -- bridal, in particular -- for metal of choice, there will always be a special place in my heart for gold. Thanks to its very nature, gold can be added to in many ways to turn it some pretty fascinating colors. On the floor right now we have white (of course), blue, chocolate, and black gold. Like many jewelers, we also have a nice selection of my personal favorite, rose gold, the pinkish to redish mixture of copper and gold.
Perfect for almost any skin tone, rose gold is the ideal mix of traditional (hello, 19th-century Russia, the mid-Victorian period, then hello 1920!) and ultra-modern. It is decidedly feminine, but when offset with white or even yellow-white-rose tri-tone jewelry, it provides a perfect neutral metallic. Right now, of course, it's everywhere, and I couldn't be more ecstatic.
I wear it daily, in the forms of a beautiful watch and a custom-made, hand-hammered bangle from our Queen Goldsmith. Many customers comment, and often notice that I wear it right alongside my white and yellow metal pieces. I consider myself living proof that mixing metals can be done in a tasteful, modern, and (dare I say) chic way, and it seems that many customers are happy to follow the leader.
While we tend to recommend that white diamonds be set in white to better enhance their color, I find that diamonds in rose gold don't pick up any unwanted tones. Rose gold is very soft and subtle, and does not need the kind of upkeep that white gold requires. It's also still fairly unique in the market, and so a great choice for the more non-traditional jewelry wearer.
Do you have a preferred metal color in your jewelry? How do you feel about mixing these beautiful colors? Inquiring minds want to know!