Metals: Rose Gold

So, what is Rose Gold?

Rose gold, red gold, and pink gold are made from a gold and copper alloy. Copper has a strong pink-orange colour so by adding this to gold it gives the gold a pink tint. 18K rose gold, 18K red gold, and 18K pink gold contain 75% gold. 14K rose gold, 14K red gold, and 14K pink gold contain 58% gold. The remaining percentage is made up of copper or copper and silver.

The varying percentage of copper used determines the colour of the gold. The more copper that is used, the stronger the rose colour. Pink gold uses the least amount of copper, followed by rose gold. Red gold has the highest copper content and is the richest in colour.


Plated Rose Gold:

Rose gold plating is a process that uses electricity or chemicals to deposit and bond a very thin layer of gold onto another metal. Most often, the base metal is silver or copper. This will give a piece of jewellery the look of rose gold even though it is primarily made up of another, more affordable metal.

This is why you can buy these items for considerably less than rose gold alloy items. Plated items will tarnish more quickly than solid gold or solid alloys due to the silver and/or copper content in the metal.


Interesting facts about Rose Gold:

Rose gold was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and was also known as Russian gold although this term is now obsolete. Rose gold jewellery is becoming more popular nowadays and is commonly used for wedding rings, bracelets, and other jewellery.

This metal is considered a symbol of romance because of its sparkling pink shade and is often given by lovers to their partners to pronounce their love.


Who should wear Rose Gold?

Everybody! The soft tones of Rose Gold complement all skin types and is flattering to the skin. But do be careful as unfortunately, copper can cause allergic reaction on the skin and for this reason, Rose Gold is considered, a hypo-allergic metal.


Cleaning Rose Gold:

Use any jewellery cleaner that is gold jewellery specific. You can also use warm water and facial soap to give your jewellery a quick clean at home and re-new the shine. Tap dry with a cotton cloth rather than letting the piece air-dry. Learn more about jewellery care via our Jewellery Care Guide.