I've had a rather dubious relationship with roses for as long as I can remember.
As a child, I was a magnet for their thorns.
Disliking their neediness. . . I once dug up a rose bed (and placed them in good homes of course) after moving into a house previously occupied by a rose lover.
I also dislike their deviousness. Sometimes, a rose is not a rose is not a rose. And sometimes it is.
Just this past week, while in a rather generic office building parking lot, I literally took time to smell the roses. And when I actually did smell them, exclaimed "Real roses!" Not simply pretty bushes bred for the blooms, These roses had a delightful fragrance that's often missing, which for me, is the only reason to bother with them.
All this to say, a rose is dependably a rose and especially rosy when it's 10K!
One of my design epiphanies was a few years ago. An English client's signature piece was a rose gold watch fob necklace with some medals of her great grandfather's. I could never take my eyes off of it. The warmth of the rose was more intense than what I knew and when I took a closer look realized that it was 9 karat. It was at that moment when I decided to stop using 14K rose gold, made the switch to 10K and never looked back.
Rose gold is composed of differing combinations of gold alloyed with copper, silver and zinc.
The higher the karat of gold, the less copper and the less rosy it will appear. (Eighteen karat gold is 75% gold, 14K is 58.3% gold and 10K gold is 41.7%.) Conversely, the lower the karat the more copper and the rosier and warmer the metal becomes. Eighteen karat rose gold, although very pretty, is only subtly different than 18KY. Some people in the trade even say it has a "light Champagne" color which begs the question of whether you would ever drink something that color. (I think not.) The copper in lower karat golds simply amps up the pink and that's the way I like it.
I've never been shy about mixing metals and rose gold plays well with others:
white metals (sterling silver especially and white gold) and blackened metals. It also compliments pearls and gemstones. Most importantly, it complements practically all skin tones.
But see for yourself!
Here's a roundup that we think you'll enjoy perusing on this wintry day in Atlanta.
(That would be overcast and a bone chilling 41 that's falling fast.)
Keep scrolling. There's a whole lot of roses in this garden!
I hope you enjoyed our garden tour.
Come see these and more pieces this coming Saturday, 9 December for an Open Studio Day from 10-4. The following weekend we will be at LJ Lewis Silver Company until Christmas Eve.
Hope to see you soon.