Does thinking about true love make you blush? Do you love fine jewellery pieces and engagement rings with a taste of vintage flair? Or maybe you just love to keep up with the latest trends. If the answer is yes, you need to know about rose gold, a shimmery metal in a charming pinkish hue that's taking the jewellery world by storm.
Rose gold has become a popular choice for both engagement rings and all jewellery. Its feminine look, refined nature, and unique colour appeal to a variety of tastes and styles. Plus, it looks beautiful with diamonds and precious gemstones, making rose gold engagement rings well sought after.
However, what is rose gold made of? While rose gold is its common name, it is also referred to as pink Gold or red Gold because of its various hues. So how does it get its coveted rosy colour, and how is rose gold made?
Rose gold has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity over the past few years. It has gone from rather an unfashionable colour choice (more popular in Italy and other European countries) to a classic in both accessories and home interiors and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Does Make A Rose Gold?
- 2 The History Of Rose Gold Jewellery
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions About Rose Gold Jewellery
- 4 Is rose gold worth more than gold?
- 5 Can rose gold tarnish?
- 6 Is rose gold high quality?
- 7 Can rose gold be fake?
- 8 Why is rose gold cheaper?
- 9 What does rose gold symbolize?
- 10 How Is Rose Gold Jewelry Made?
- 11 What Makes Rose Gold Unique?
- 12 So why is rose gold so popular?
- 13 Buying Rose Gold
What Does Make A Rose Gold?
Rose gold is an alloy composed of pure gold mixed with copper. There is no specific guideline for copper content that needs to be met for a piece to be considered rose gold. Generally, the more copper in an alloy, the more pronounced its rose colour will be.
The depth of colour in the rose gold depends on the ratio of yellow gold to copper. Less yellow gold and a higher copper content will result in a more reddish rose colour. As an example, 14K rose. Gold is more of a rose pink colour than 18K rose gold due to the higher yellow gold content in 18K.
To create our lush red-gold colour known as rose or red gold, our 14 karats yellow gold is an alloy of 58.30% 24k yellow gold, 33.5% copper and 8.20% per cent silver. Our 18 karat rose. Gold is the colour of a soft champagne rose, with gold undertones as the alloy is 75% 24k yellow gold, 22.2% copper and 2.8% silver.
Rose gold is made of pure gold mixed with copper and silver alloys. Rose gold is real, but it's not made entirely of gold. The copper and silver help to strengthen it and give it its rose colour. The more copper used, the redder the gold appears. A common mix—or alloy—for rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper by mass (18K). Like white Gold, Rose Gold is an alloy, so "pure rose gold" doesn't exist for jewellery. To know more interesting facts about rose golds, check it here.
There's white Gold, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold, but what about pure gold? Pure gold (aka 24 karat gold) is a naturally occurring element that sadly, due to its softness, just isn't cut out for fine jewellery greatness. As a result, Pure Gold's durability is lacklustre, and there is no way that it can hold up to the level of wear and tear that we expect from our engagement rings and fine jewellery pieces. So instead, we mix metal alloys resulting in different types of gold that are stronger and more resistant to scratches, knicks and damage.
Rose gold is created when pure gold is mixed with silver and copper alloys. The addition of copper and silver helps to strengthen rose gold and gives the metal it's signature pink hue(hence the nickname "pink gold"). The more copper content that's in the mix, the redder rose gold will appear.
A major perk of rose gold is that it doesn't tarnish over time. However, just like any gold piece, rose gold jewellery like a rose gold watch, ring, bracelet, or earrings do need to be cleaned and polished from time to time.
As mentioned above, rose gold will not tarnish. In fact, over time, rose gold develops something called patina, an outer layer that forms naturally due to the copper within the rose gold alloy. Patina is highly sought after in the jewellery world and will not damage your rose gold pieces and accessories as it can be easily removed with a quick polish or cleaning session. To care for rose gold jewellery, be mindful to prevent exposing it to hard knocks and blows and occasionally clean it using water and soap or a soft cotton cloth.
Unlike gold, rose gold is not a pure substance occurring in nature. Like other gold materials used in jewellery, rose gold is made up of a combination of gold alloys and other metal alloys. Pure gold is far too soft to be made into jewellery, which is why it is paired with other, stronger metals to withstand everyday wear and last forever. The particular metals it is paired with, however, impact its colour. In the case of rose gold, the different metals are chosen for the very reason of impacting its colour.
What metals turn yellow gold to rose gold? It is a combination of copper and silver metal alloys, and sometimes zinc. When these alloys are added to pure yellow gold, the result is an irresistible pink hue.
What does rose gold look like? Rose gold encompasses the whole family of red, rose and pink gold shades. It's a lustrous pinkish metal, like in this rose gold halo engagement ring from James Allen.
The pros of rose gold include that it's:
- In style for both men's and women's rings.
- Considered by many to be the most romantic metal due to its pinkish-red colour.
- Often more affordable than other metals because copper—the alloy used to make rose gold—costs less.
- Very durable due to the strength of copper—making rose gold tougher than yellow or white gold.
- A compliment to all skin tones.
The cons of rose gold include that it:
- It can cause allergic reactions in some and is not a hypoallergenic metal.
- It is not as widely available as yellow and white gold, despite being in style.
The History Of Rose Gold Jewellery
First used in early 19th century Russia, gold rose to popularity after jeweller Carl Faberge used the metal in his famed Faberge Eggs. Thus, the alloy became known as "Russian Gold" in the 1920s and skyrocketed in jewellery trends worldwide.
One of the biggest names leading the charge was French watchmaker and jeweller Cartier who created a line of dazzling rose gold jewellery paired with diamonds and gemstones. The most famous of Cartier's pieces during this time was the "Trinity Ring", a simple band that consisted of three rings – one yellow Gold, one white gold, and one rose gold tone.
Today, rose gold jewellery is beloved for the way that it perfectly compliments every skin tone and is widely available in both engagement rings and fine jewellery selections.
Rose gold is a blend or an alloy of pure 24 karats yellow gold, copper and silver. Pure 24 karats yellow gold is the base for all gold colours and qualities but is too soft to be used in a pure state for jewellery. It needs to be blended or alloyed with other metals to strengthen it enough to wear. Different alloy recipes are used to colour and determine all types of metal made into jewellery, including platinum, White Gold, Yellow Gold and rose gold.
Rose gold was first used in early 19th century Russia by the famed jeweller Carl Faberge in his infamous Faberge Eggs, as was known as Russian gold. Rose gold later gained popularity in the United States during the lavish and feminine 1920s and was worn in engagement rings and fine jewellery. Cartier was instrumental in the rise in popularity, creating luscious rose gold, fine jewellery with precious gemstones and diamonds.
One piece in particular aided in the rebirth of rose gold in jewellery, a simple band of three gold colours of gold intertwined now known as the "Trinity Ring".
Created by Cartier and commissioned by Jean Cocteau, famed French writer, artist, filmmaker, and playwright and who infamously wore the Cartier ring on his pinkie. Over the decades, the popularity of rose gold has come and gone, dictated mostly by fashion and starlets. However, today rose gold has once again taken its rightful place in the style sections of your favourite magazines, in the hands of trendsetters and your future brides.
Rose gold is a subtle, romantic colour of gold that translates into romantic, elegant fine jewellery and engagement rings. We love creating designs in rose gold and look forward to creating the perfect rose gold engagement ring or fine jewellery piece for you!
Frequently Asked Questions About Rose Gold Jewellery
Since 14k or 18k rose gold contains the same amount of pure gold as 14k or 18k yellow gold, they are essentially worth the same as their counterparts. Additionally, white gold that contains 14k or 18k pure gold costs the same as either yellow gold or rose gold rings.
Rose gold is less prone to damage from everyday wear than white or yellow gold. In fact, rose gold is so durable that it does not require additional plating layers like other variations of gold do. Moreover, as mentioned above, rose gold does not tarnish with age, and its unique patina is adored in the jewellery world.
Well-made and high-quality rose Gold is durable and beautiful thanks to the specific combination of metals used to make it.
Rose gold is by definition an alloy metal, so there is no such thing as pure rose gold. Therefore, if your jewellery is marked as 24K, it is likely fake. The most common fineness for rose gold is 14K in the US and 18K in Europe. Likewise, if your jewellery is attracted to the magnet, then it is fake rose gold.
They are considered by many to be the most romantic metal due to their pinkish-red colour. Often more affordable than other metals because copper—the alloy used to make rose gold—costs less.
Rose Gold. This pink-tinted metal is gold with an added copper alloy. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold represents love. Plus, it's durable and has a look that's pleasing against many skin tones.
How Is Rose Gold Jewelry Made?
To understand how rose gold is made, you must first understand how all gold for engagement rings and other jewellery is made.
Pure gold is 24 karats. However, as we mentioned above, pure gold is far too soft to be made into durable jewellery. This is why gold jewellery is offered in 14 karat gold and 18 karat gold. There are many similarities and differences when comparing 14K rose Gold vs 18K rose gold. While 18K gold may be purer and, thus, more valuable, it is also weaker than 14K gold.
Similarly, rose gold most commonly comes in 18 karat and 14 karat varieties. The remaining six karats or 10 karats come from different metals such as copper, nickel, silver, zinc, or palladium.
First things first, what is rose Gold and what is it made of? You might be wondering, "is rose gold actual gold?". Well, rose gold metal (or red/pink gold) is a gold alloy similar to white Gold or yellow Gold, meaning that it is made up of a series of additional ingredients and pure gold. Rose gold metal is a mixture of pure gold, copper and silver alloys (see below for the exact amounts) – helping to give it its rose colour. Meaning that rose gold is real, but it's not 100% gold.
Rose gold is made by combining specific amounts of silver, copper, and gold into one combined substance. When you refer to a karat number, that refers to the "parts" of gold within that piece.
So 24 karat gold would be 100% gold. 18 karat gold, as we mentioned earlier, would be 75% gold, or 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy.
"Alloy" refers to the other metals added to the gold to create the final product. In the case of rose gold, it's alloyed with both copper and silver. The metals added to the pure gold serve a few purposes. In the case of rose gold, the copper and the silver add the pink colour that's desired from a metal called rose Gold.
But there's another reason most gold jewellery isn't 100% gold. Gold by itself is a soft metal. It's so soft that jewellery made with only gold would bend, dent, and generally be destroyed by even irregular wear, let alone daily wear.
Adding stronger metals to the gold makes it into jewellery that won't be ruined after a few months of wear. Well-made and high-quality rose Gold is durable and beautiful thanks to the specific combination of metals used to make it.
Rose gold is made by combining pure gold with copper metal alloys and silver metal alloys. The amount of each metal used will affect the final hue of the rose gold. This is why you may see rose gold that appears lighter than other rose gold that appears pinker than other rose gold, and rose gold that appears redder than other rose gold.
What Makes Rose Gold Unique?
It is undeniable that rose gold is a unique metal. Unlike silver and gold, it has only become popularized in the last two hundred years. In addition to it being new on the scene, though, a few features of rose gold make it particularly unique.
The unique thing about rose gold is its colour. The rosy hue is eye-catching and both modern and vintage at the same time. In addition, the colour is unique and less popular than both yellow gold and white gold, which gives people with alternative styles an enticing option.
Another unique feature of rose gold is its symbolism. Like the colour gold, rose Gold symbolizes elegance and affluence, but that's not all. Rose gold uniquely stands for style, passion, and refinement, but most of all, it represents love. So if you seek symbolism for your engagement ring, it doesn't get more romantic than rose gold.
Rose Gold Ages Beautifully
Fresh from the furnace, rose gold has a beautiful colour, as we mentioned above, but its beauty only grows over time. The copper tinge that gives it a vintage feel from the beginning continues to contribute to its elegant quality throughout a lifetime. However, after many years, the copper in rose gold oxidizes to create a beautiful patina on the surface of the metal. This particular look is unique to aged rose gold and makes it extremely valuable. This quality makes rose gold the perfect metal choice for heirloom-quality jewellery you hope to pass down through the generations.
So why is rose gold so popular?
Why is rose gold so popular exactly? And what does it represent? It's the happy medium between the stark and modern appeal of white gold and the traditional and classic feel of yellow gold; in many ways, it almost feels like a new option for those looking for something different. Rose gold has a romantic feel to it which retailers have turned to their advantage using names like blush, pink (and not forgetting rose) in descriptions to capture the imagination of consumers to great effect.
Rose is a subtle and gentle colour that is luxurious and glamorous, without being reckless as some high carat yellow gold can be. Yellow Gold has also suffered in popularity since the '90s, largely due to its associations with older generations. Despite a gradual comeback in recent years, yellow gold still has some way to go before it outsells the infinitely more contemporary white gold.
Buying Rose Gold
When choosing rose gold jewellery, pay attention to its karat: The higher it is, the more gold content you will get (and the more you will pay).
However, purer rose gold pieces are also softer. So, although redder gold jewellery is less pure, it is harder and more durable. Therefore, our advice is to pick lower karats for rose gold pieces that will be worn often.
In contrast, higher karats (i.e., rose gold with a lighter colour) are preferable if the jewellery will not be worn every day.
Rose gold is extremely versatile, and thanks to its recent popularity, it is widely available in an array of styles and jewellery types. Rose gold is a popular choice for everyday jewellery such as dainty necklaces, stud earrings, and stackable rings because rose gold tarnish does not occur if it's real. This is because its subtle colour complements most skin tones, clothing and pairs beautifully with other coloured jewellery. Whenever you shop for rose gold jewellery, be sure to look for a hallmark that displays a karat weight of 18K, or 14K rose gold. Rose gold jewellery without a hallmark is likely rose gold plated, fading and tarnishing over time.
Shop our selection of 14K rose gold pendants and chains, rose gold earrings, and rose gold bracelets to experience the beautiful variety of everyday rose gold jewellery available.
Beyond everyday jewellery, though, rose gold is a coveted option for an engagement ring as well. Gone are the days when brides could only choose from silver or gold for their diamond engagement ring. Instead, this precious metal not only provides another option but a romantic, fashionable, and non-traditional one that speaks to many future brides and grooms too.
At the end of the day, the colour gold you choose for your engagement ring is completely up to you. Your style and preferences may lead you to choose a rose gold engagement ring. If this unique metal is calling your name, browse our selection of rose gold diamond engagement rings to find a style that suits you best.