Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy commonly used for specialized jewelry because of its reddish color. Rose gold gets its beautiful rosy pink color from a larger portion of copper in the metal alloy. It is also interchangeably referred to as red gold or pink gold. Despite the various names, the difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content. Simply put, the higher the copper content, the more pronounced the red coloration in the gold is. Just like how pure gold is yellow, pure copper is reddish. And due to its popularity in
A common alloy for rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper by mass (18K). And because rose gold is an alloy (bonds with other elements), there is no such thing as “pure rose gold.” For red gold, a common formulation is generally 50% gold and 50% copper. And up to 15% zing can be added to copper-rich alloys to change their color to reddish yellow or dark yellow, depending on one’s preference.
For those that want the highest karat possible in rose gold would look to get crown gold, which contains 22K. And 18K red gold consists of 25% copper and 75% gold. For 18K rose gold, there is typically about 4% of silver added to the 75% gold and 21% copper alloys. While 14K red gold (which is commonly found in the
The price of rose/red gold jewelry is dependent upon the purity of the gold used or karat weight, as well as the design, and craftsmanship of the piece of jewelry.
Rose gold jewelry goes perfectly with warmer toned colored gemstones such as pink, red, yellow, orange, etc. At INTA Gems, we specialize in custom jewelry design work and are happy to assist you in creating gorgeous one of a kind rose gold jewelry.
Proper care for your gold jewelry is important to maintain its lifelong beauty and value. At INTA Gems, we always suggest to place your jewelry safely in a fabric-lined jewelry box during rugged activities such as housekeeping or sports. The protected box will also prevent any scratches on the jewelry. And to keep your gold jewelry clean and lustrous, soak it in a mild solution of soap and warm water. Then gently scrub it with a soft-bristled brush (i.e. toothbrush). And if your gold jewelry contains diamonds or other colored gemstones, be sure to check the settings periodically for possible damage. If you see a loose prong, or if the setting looks out of line, immediately bring it back to us at INTA Gems for inspection. At INTA, we offer free lifetime prong checking and tightening on any jewelry purchased from our store.