Although silver came on strong as an alternative to gold, the yellow metal is not to be forgotten entirely. In fact, designers are even turning to its rosier hue as a contrasting metal to silver, bringing a touch of European flare to a collection. Whether as an accent colour or plating, gold plays an important role in silver jewellery design.
Spanish manufacturer Jorge Revilla says it is adding a more luxurious look to its new silver collections by incorporating both 18-karat yellow and rose gold plate. “It is refreshing and speaks to the senses,” the company says.
Often referred to as vermeil, the gold-on-silver combination has been a growing trend over the last few years, as consumers look to maintain the precious metal content of plated jewellery.
Designer Frederic Duclos has been using gold as a plating material for the last few years, and sees no signs of it slowing down.
“Our pastel rose gold and sterling combinations have been very popular, and I feel that stronger colour combinations are emerging,” Duclos adds.
Canadian designer Hera Arkarakas says two-tone jewellery is not only luxurious, it also serves a very practical purpose. “Silver with 18-karat gold allows clients to combine their existing jewellery with new pieces,” she explains.