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Rose gold pendants: the trendiest necklace of the season

While yellow gold wedding rings are making a big comeback this year, together with coloured diamonds and other precious stones, rose gold is the one to watch. Found on everything from ballet pumps to watch straps, rose gold is the colour of the moment. But it is in pendants where the biggest trends are making their mark.

Eternal Love rose gold pendant from Clogau (ELDCP)
Eternal Love rose gold pendant from Clogau (ELDCP)

Who’s wearing it?

This pink-toned metal is currently flooding the high street as a flattering alternative to classic metallics. Blended with copper, rose gold is not only an appealing colour choice but the addition of another metal makes the metal more durable and less liable to damage over time. Spotted on the likes of Julianne Moore and Victoria Beckham, rose gold rings, necklaces and bracelets are currently adorning the necklines and wrists of the rich and famous.

Rose gold pendants in particular are a favourite of everyone from Leighton Meister to Kristen Stewart and with so much celebrity endorsement, there are more styles, lengths and drops from which to choose. Plate monograms make a beautifully vintage statement in rose gold, while the classic token of love, the locket, has been seen in tri-coloured gold filigree hearts and classic oval designs. Elsewhere, symbolic pendants are a must-have accessory again, with the peace sign, religious symbols and initials all making a statement in rose gold this year.

How to wear it

Rose gold pendants make such a perfect accessory because of the metal’s subtle tones, which complement every skin type. Whether small and demure or bejewelled and formal, rose gold pendants look great alone but combining them with other copper pieces will bring out the pink tinge even further. What’s more, set a rose gold necklace against other jewellery in the zingy colours of the season – such as a pair of turquoise earrings or coral bracelet – and the warm hue will really shine.

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A buyer’s guide to gold pendants

Shopping for jewellery isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially if you are unsure as to your partner’s preference. Gold pendants usually represent a fairly safe bet and unlike gold rings, you don’t need to worry about the fit. However, there are a few factors including chain length and pendant design that merit consideration before heading for the stores.

Length

Clogau Daffodil gold pendant (item code: DP3)
Clogau Daffodil gold pendant (item code: DP3)

Depending on where you shop, chain length for most necklaces is divided into at least three different categories. Choker length is usually around 13 – 16 inches, although some without drops can be made as short as 10 inches. Pendant chokers can be seen at all times and can add a touch of evening glamour to the most casual of outfits.

Princess length hangs a little lower at around 18 inches, though some jewellers might group shorter variations of 16 inches into this category. This is the most common length for many necklace styles, with gold pendants often worn just over the collarbone in order to show the drop to its full advantage.

Opera length defines those long, dangling chains which are often worn over the clothes and have a dramatic finish, hence the name. These can range from 20 to 36 inches, although it’s not unusual to find lengths of over 40 inches for some costume jewellery.

Style

Look at the way in which your partner dresses and the other kinds of jewellery they wear to determine their style. If your girlfriend’s trinket box has just a few simple chains or strands of pearls, she probably has relatively conservative tastes and would be pleased with a shorter length pendant; perhaps a small locket or natural motif such as a flower.

Alternatively, if your partner is a fan of chunky ethnic jewellery, such as stone-set gold rings, colourful beaded necklaces and bangles, you might want to think about a longer length pendant, with a bigger drop in a semi-precious stone or shell material. Something which makes a statement is probably needed here.

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A guide to hallmarks in gold rings

Most people know that when it comes to purchasing gold rings in the UK, the hallmark is all-important, as with any gold pendants or other kind of precious jewellery. Hallmarks have been setting the standard in British jewellery-making since the reign of Edward I in the 13th century. However, the markings which adorn the inside of a ring can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them.

Gold rings made in Britain are required by law to carry three hallmarks: the Standard Mark, the Sponsor’s mark and the Assay Office Mark. Their basic purpose is to assure the customer of the quality of the gold that it has been through a standard test and has been verified to match the seller’s description.

The Standard Mark is the most important of these. This tells you the carat weight and purity of the metal. It is usually provided in fractions of a thousand, so the percentage representing 18 carat gold is stamped as 750, since 750/1000 is the equivalent to 18/24 carats.

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Are gold wedding rings still popular with men?

Centuries have come and gone but gold has endured as a symbol of everlasting ties and permanence when it comes to wedding jewellery. Together with gold pendants, contemporary yellow gold, rose and white gold rings remain a favourite amongst brides today, particularly since rare Welsh gold was used in the wedding bands for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, it may be a different story when it comes to the groom.

Clogau Men's Gold Wedding Ring
Clogau Men's Gold Wedding Ring

The fact is that gold, despite years of tradition as a centrepiece to the marriage ceremony is now being rivalled by more unusual metals such as titanium, platinum and even steel. The reason for the rise in the use of these metals is perhaps attributable to practical, modern concerns amongst men who are looking for long-lasting wear and durability. Unlike the gentlemen who lived hundred years ago, modern men’s increasingly active lifestyles do not always lend themselves to taking care of a precious gold band.

Choices such as titanium are in demand because of their association with functional and stylish sports watches, as well as its comparative strength and resistance to damage or marking. Tungsten has also been lauded as a practical option, the carbon alloy of which is far harder than titanium and can thus outlast softer, more valuable metals.

However, for a long and distinguished history, nothing can really top gold wedding rings. Their legacy can be traced as far back as the Ancient Egyptians.

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The ancient origins of gold pendants

Jewellery and gold have gone hand in hand for many thousands of years. Pieces such as solid gold torques, beaten gold masks and gold rings formed a large part of ritual and society from the shores of pre-Medieval Britain to Ancient Egypt and Greece. Jewellers began to develop necklaces and chains and set semi-precious gems into their adornments; thereafter gold pendants were worn and admired, their popularity continuing throughout history.

What is thought to be the earliest gold jewellery was discovered in Bulgaria during the 1970s, dating back to before 4000BC, although it is also believed that societies in Africa and Asia have long known of the precious metal’s appealing combination of beauty and malleability.

Some of the first gold pendants are thought to have been made by ancient civilisations such as the Minoans on Crete and the Etruscans in Italy. The early inhabitants of the Greek island produced cable chains out of gold and on the mainland Mycenaean culture was developing stunning gold rings and ceremonial masks.

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The hottest new trends in gold pendants

Pendants are a classic jewellery statement: as simple and elegant as a swallow on a short chain or as bold and eye-catching as a gemstone rock dangling around the waist. The sheer variety is just one reason why this enduring fashion item is favoured by so many. Since yellow gold is making an overdue comeback this season, let’s take a peek at some of the best designs in precious metal pendants right now.

Clogau Fairy gold pendant (TFLP)
One of Clogau's gold pendants, from the Fairy collection

Long gold pendants are staying in the limelight this year, with designs to suit all styles. Natural motifs are always big for spring and this year, this trend creeps into necklaces, with trees, birds, dragonflies and flowers all showcasing their subtle charms in the jewellery stores. Likewise, shorter pieces play on the feminine, flirty vibe of the 1950s, with gold pendants sporting emblems such as bows, horseshoes and handbags in the neck wear equivalent of a retro charm bracelet.

For those who want to make more of an impact, large-cut semi-precious gems including topaz, turquoise and amethyst set into gold amulets can bring the ‘oomph’ back to an outfit. Tribal designs have been dominating the catwalk and chunky necklaces have been scaled-up, with out-sized amber and garnet stones swinging from choker necklaces and long chains alike. Geometric patterns are also very much at the forefront of this trend.

Swinging in the other direction, an emphasis on vintage gold pendants has also emerged, with pieces reminiscent of family heirlooms and grandmother’s treasures favoured by designers. So think gold-capped pearl drops, peacocks and tassels, threaded onto fine chains. There’s also a twist on iconic symbols such as crosses, hung sideways instead of the usual vertical drop and championed by the likes of Jennifer Lopez. This line also incorporates skulls, claws and spikes on everything from gold rings to ear studs, in a true return to Gothic form.

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How white gold rings stormed the market

While reports suggest that more traditional gold rings are due a comeback this year, thanks to Jennifer Aniston’s statement yellow gold number, white gold has remained the champion of the British wedding and engagement ring scene. Its star quality lies in its ability to match numerous different stones and retain the neutral, modern look of platinum, whilst carrying a far smaller price tag.

White gold is an alloy of yellow gold and alternative metals; anything from hard-wearing palladium to nickel or silver. Like yellow gold, white gold rings come in a range of carat ratings, depending on the type of metal with which it is mixed and the percentage of other materials used.

However, white gold rings are usually plated with rhodium to give the sparkling finish that is so closely associated with this look. They should, ideally, be re-plated every couple of years. Even sturdy platinum can suffer from problems such as ‘pitting’, which means that the finish can become uneven over time and will need polishing by a professional jeweller in order to restore its former glamour. But while white gold is more durable than yellow, owing to its combination of long-lasting materials, it’s still not quite as scratch-resistant as platinum.