Champagne, the ubiquitous sparkling wine that has been a centuries old symbol of opulence. It has been referenced innumerable times throughout popular culture, is a common and often integral part of many traditions and festivities, and has now moved on to being not just a staple of celebration but a statement of personality, especially when it comes to the color.
The rise in popularity of a the lightly golden hue is apparent in everything from iPhones to wedding dresses. As with most trends, the uptick in notability is usually due to a desire to be different coupled with encouragement from an outside source (like a celebrity or designer). Arguably the most influential sector driving the demand for color options in our daily lives is the fashion industry. Other sectors follow suit from car companies to home furnishings and even kitchen utensils. There is a desire to make one’s possessions align with their personal tastes. One of Henry Ford’s famed lines, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” comes to mind when reflecting on color choice in culture. In Ford’s day companies were not as concerned with the personal preference of customers. Fast forward to today, where you have over forty different colors for a common household mixer, the color options for jewelry are very limited. You have three colors to choose from, white, yellow, rose or green. If you want more options you can move to a two tone piece but even then you still only have three color choices for each element. Variations of saturation can be achieved by changing the alloy of a metal but the hues remain the same.
In a recent project for a customer, she had several sentimental pieces that she wanted to utilize in creating a new piece. Most people attach a greater sentiment to the stones in a ring then they do the metal, but occasionally the memories behind the ring make metal just as important. Since this was the case for this customer we recast all of her metal into a new ring. She had some white and some yellow gold of varying karat content. Once we received the casting, set the stones, and completed the final polishing and detail work, we were smitten. We had never seen a ring with such a delicate warm appearance. Immediately we saw a resemblance to the color of champagne. So we called it, “champagne gold”.
Pictured above and below, on the far right, next to white and yellow gold the difference is stark. There is something truly unique about the color. Not only does the sentiment of the stones and metal from a family’s history make this ring very special, but now the ring takes on a totally new level of intrigue through its characteristic color.
So, break out the bubbly and let’s celebrate. Here’s a toast to jewelry that means something more than the price tag, here’s to making something new from something old and here’s to you.