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Red Gold: an Attribute of Stability and Prosperity

Thursday, 09 December 2010

Red GoldAntique lovers often associate red or Russian gold with a trunk full of red gold ducats and ruble coins. And they are right. For ages, gold has been a symbol of stability, prosperity and an excellent investment. There is no person who could resist the sight of gold glimmering in the light.  Red gold pendants, rings and necklaces will enthrall any fashionista with their unique and elegant look. Pure gold chains, bracelets or watches of celebrated brands will set a man apart from the crowd and boost his status, indicating the prosperity of the wearer.

Red Gold in History

Gold became known to our ancestors back in the fifth millennium BC, but first golden jewelry dates back to 2000 years later. While pure gold is yellow in color, gold can also appear to have other colors. These colors are generally obtained by alloying gold with other elements in various proportions. Red gold is an alloy of gold and copper, which gives gold its red shade. In tsarist Russia, red (or chervonnoe) gold was used for minting coins, whence comes the name chervonets (or tchervonets), a currency of the Russian Empire. Originally a term for coins of purer alloy, the name was later applied to various sums in Russian rubles.

Before the reign of Peter I, the name chervonets was applied to various foreign gold coins in circulation in Russia, mostly Dutch ducats and sequins. In 1701, Russia introduced its own gold chervonets, which had the same mass (3.47 g) and alloy (.986) as the ducat. Chervontsy were minted until 1757 when they were displaced by the golden ruble (with a lower alloy) and by counterfeits of the Netherlands ducat, which by then met the demand for trade in gold coins. Before the revolution of 1917, Russian jewelers used red gold for wedding bands, though the alloy was soft and deformed easily, therefore the rings were massive and thick. For comparison, at that time, an average red gold ring weighed 8 grams, while its present day yellow gold counterpart hardly weights 2 grams. To achieve a noble tone and shine, silver was added to the alloy. The content of ligation (additives) determines the countermark (pure gold content) of the alloy. The higher copper content, the more saturated is the color of the alloy, and lower the countermark.

Red Gold and Contemporary Jewelers

Today, fashionistas and jewelry buyers around the globe prefer vintage pieces or golden designer jewelry with refined and elegant design that could easily pass as family heirloom. Recently, Spanish jewelry house Ramon presented a collection of the now popular cocktail rings. The creative effort of the Ramon artisans was inspired by two historical epochs: the exuberant belle époque of Louis XIV, with the grandiose Versailles balls, beautiful elegant dames with weird high hairdos wearing ridiculously expensive gowns with bows, ribbons and ruches, and jazz age, 1930's America, Al Capone New York, Prohibition and flapper fashion. At first glance, the cocktail rings are very chunky, but this is merely an illusion. The Ramon jewelers used a unique method to create gold lace ornament framing brightly colored gemstones - onyx, citrine, moonstone and quartz. The gold palette is diverse - white, yellow and, of course, red gold is used.

The famous luxury brand Cartier launched a collection of men's watches. The watch case is made of red gold, which perfectly frames the silver dial with sapphire glass. The strap is brown alligator leather complete with an intricately shaped clasp made of red gold. The prices for the Cartier pieces start from $17,000.

Jewelers play with all sorts of options for the use of colored gold. Particularly popular is jewelry combining several different alloys, like red, yellow, white or black gold.

Recently, Louis Vuitton presented L'ame du Voyage (The Spirit of Travel) haute jewelry collection by Paris-based designer Lorenz Baumer. The collection includes six unique sets, with a one-of-a-kind necklace the focal point of each, the prices running up to $2.5 million. The theme of the collection is circles, which Baumer describes as a symbol of perfection. Circles - in red, white and yellow gold,-overlapping and glinting with colorful stones - make up one bib style, which Baumer refers to as Masai in honor of the bright collars worn by the semi-nomadic African people. Another remarkable piece is an architectural marvel of swooping ovals and loops that intertwine, with sapphires and faintest blush of pink sheltered amid a roller coaster of small white stones.

Colored gold has captured the imagination of jewelry designer Payson Cooper. Her specialty is wedding jewelry and red, white and yellow gold pendants and necklaces. Payson's signature style is customizing jewelry and incorporating the handwriting of the future wearer in its design which makes all her pieces absolutely unique and exclusive. The customer gets to choose what he or she wants to see engraved on their pendants - a line of poetry, their signature, or their slogan. The prices start as low as $250 and run up to $2000.

From times immemorial, gold has always been the focus of our attention. It has been a sign of good taste, an attribute of wealth and power. Red gold makes its wearer special and shows that he or she honors the tradition, but at the same time can appreciate the true beauty of modern jewelry.

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