You’ve almost certainly seen rose gold jewelry, and you may even prefer it to other gold tones. But you may not know what rose gold is composed of or what distinguishes it from other types of gold.
Rose gold is an alloy created by combining pure gold with copper. The combination of the two metals alters the hue and karat of the final product. For example, the most common rose gold alloy is 75 percent pure gold and 25 percent copper, resulting in 18k rose gold. The karat may be changed by changing the proportion of one metal in the alloy.
A direct combination of copper and gold will usually result in a strong crimson hue. However, a little quantity of silver may be added to make a softer rose, and a little more silver can be added to make a rose gold variation known as “pink gold.”
Rose gold, formerly considered the property of 19th-century Russian nobles, is now accessible to everyone, and in the twenty-first century, it is roaring back to preeminence as one of the most popular gold tones for wedding and fashion jewelry.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Rose gold has a few advantages and disadvantages when compared to yellow and white gold. The first “positive” is, of course, the lovely hue, which may be reason enough for you to choose rose gold jewelry. Furthermore, pure gold is a relatively soft and scratchable substance, but when alloyed, it increases toughness and resistance to harm. Rose gold is much more durable than yellow gold due to its high copper concentration.
However, there are a few things to consider when buying a rose gold setting. Rose gold is not hypoallergenic, so if you are sensitive to copper, it may not be the best choice for you. Also, since copper is more prone to separation and oxidation than other alloy metals if your ring is heated incorrectly, the gold and copper in your jewelry may separate somewhat. Pink gold is also softer than yellow or white gold, so if your jewelry is likely to get banged about, delicate pink gold may not be the best option.
Even so, if you know your lifestyle and have a competent jeweler to care for your pieces, there are few options of jewelry more modern and stunning than the blushing splendor of rose gold, and we urge our clients to take a closer look.