Rose gold is a type of metal used to make jewelry. It can also be referred to as pink gold or red gold. Rose gold is when gold is mixed with the metal copper. The color rose gold is not only popular in the jewelry world, but is a hot color for electronics, accessories, makeup, and more.
Why is Rose Gold Popular?
Besides the romantic name, rose gold is a top choice for jewelry. As with many things, trends come and go, but the rose gold trend is here to stay. It’s the perfect metal for those who want a unique look and to put their own twist on a classic design. It may not be what your parents wore, however, it will still turn heads and make a statement.
The soft pink color goes well with other metals such as white gold and yellow gold. It makes a great addition to a layered necklace look, stackable bands styled together, and looks amazing mixed with existing jewelry. It is common to see jewelry made with multiple color metals, such as rose and white gold or even tri-color where rose, white, and yellow gold are all together in one piece.
How is Rose Gold Made?
Gold in its natural state is bright yellow. Pure gold is known as 24karat gold. Most jewelry is not made with 24kt gold because it would be too soft to wear and prone to bending. That is why gold is mixed with other alloys such as nickel and copper to make it stronger as well as change the color and appearance. For example, white gold is mixed with nickel to create a silver tone. Rose gold is mixed with copper which gives it that pink look.
Think of it as a simple math problem. If 24karat is pure gold, and a ring is 14karat gold, that means it is made of 14 karat gold mixed with 10 karats of another metal such as copper. In the case of 18 karat gold, you would mix 18karat gold with 6karats of other metals. Does that make sense?
Does Rose Gold Tarnish?
Just like other gold jewelry, rose gold does not tarnish. Over time, the rose gold may darken because the copper in the blend will oxidize. Many people desire the darkening look of rose gold because it gives it a more vintage look. 14kt -18kt rose gold is strong, durable, and perfect for everyday wear.
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If you have any questions about rose gold or need help picking out the perfect piece, please reach out to me personally. My name is Ashley and I am one of the Expert Jewelers at Steven Singer Jewelers. Just know I’m always here to help.
Ashley C. has been in the jewelry industry for over 6 years. From continuing her diamond education to educating her customers, sharing her knowledge to help others is what she loves most about her job.