What Is Rose Gold? Your Essential Rose Gold Guide

What Is Rose Gold? Your Essential Rose Gold Guide

Rose gold is a gorgeous pink blush colour, popular for its soft and subtle romantic hues. Commonly made into jewellery, rose gold is a current trendy metal that can be seen adorning most people’s fingers, neck, ears, and wrists.

Known for its more vintage-inspired tone, rose gold is a great unique option for personal jewellery when yellow gold and silver don’t fit your colour palette.

What exactly is rose gold made of?

Rose gold is typically made from a combination of copper, pure gold and silver, making it an alloy. An alloy is the term for whenever two or more different metals are made into one.

When copper, pure gold and silver are blended, the metal goes through a colour change giving us the gorgeous blush we know as rose gold. Once the metals are blended, the product’s karat can then be determined.

Karat is the measurement of the purity of gold. The most commonly produced rose gold alloy is 18 Karat, this is done by using 2.75 percent silver, 22.25 percent copper and 75 percent pure gold.

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Is rose gold still considered to be ‘real gold’?

Rose gold is certainly still considered to be real gold. Made with over 50% of pure gold, rose gold is the real deal. 

In fact, other jewellery made of ‘real gold’ like yellow gold rings, earrings or bracelets are made of pure gold and other metals also. This is because pure gold is generally too soft to be moulded into wearable jewellery. It also is combined with the other metals to become an alloy so that it is more durable to any potential wear and tear.

Does rose gold tarnish or wear differently to yellow gold?

Tarnishing is not something you have to be overly concerned with when it comes to rose gold. Tarnish refers to when a piece of metal chemically reacts with the air or moisture and gains a rusted appearance - this won’t happen with rose gold. 

The colour of rose gold may change after a considerable amount of time and wear, becoming darker and presenting more of a red hue. However, this isn’t tarnishing but instead, the copper in the rose gold alloy oxidising and showing its age, giving the item a lovely vintage appeal.

If the vintage look isn’t for you, just give your rose gold jewellery a polish every now and then to keep that tonal change at bay.

If you are worried about maintaining the condition of your jewellery, it’s good to practise best care. Take your jewellery off and store it in a safe place if you are:

  • Using harsh household cleaners
  • Swimming in natural hot springs or hot tubs
  • Working out or participating in high impact sports

Not subjecting your rose gold jewellery to certain activities will help protect it from any damage, such as scratching, or tonal changes.

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Is rose gold more or less expensive than yellow gold?

The price of rose gold jewellery is determined the same as yellow gold, by how much pure gold is actually in the mix.

Pure gold is what gives the piece of jewellery its karat rating, and that is what the price point is determined upon.

For example, 14 karat rose gold will be a lower price point than 18 karat yellow gold, because it is made of a smaller percentage of pure gold. This of course is only comparing metal to metal. If the rose gold and yellow gold jewellery you were comparing also had diamonds, gemstones, or engraving that would factor into the cost also.  

When it comes to purchasing jewellery, you need to consider your budget. If you are looking for something that won’t break the bank, consider the jewellery options that have a lower karat rating first.


How long has rose gold been popular?

Rose gold has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years, as yellow gold once the front runner by miles has taken a hit, deemed a colour worn by the previous generations, in the 1990’s Yellow Gold took a dive and rose gold began to make its way back into the market. 

Rose gold first appeared in the 19th century. Created in Russia by the famed Faberge egg jeweller, Carl Faberge. At this time rose gold was dubbed Russian gold. Later in the 1920’s rose gold gained popularity in the USA and was worn in fine jewellery and engagement rings.

A subtle romantic colour, rose gold ebbs and flows in the trend machine, getting its rise and fall through different fashion trends and celebrity wear. 

What type of jewellery is most suited to rose gold?

There is no limit when it comes to rose gold being made into jewellery. Rose gold is sold as your favourite bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings to name a few.

Pairing nicely with most other colours of jewellery, rose gold has a soft and elegant tone that can slot in almost anywhere.

Although perhaps not consistently as popular as other metal jewellery such as yellow gold and silver. Its recent rise in popularity makes it a great option when looking for your next piece. 

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Can you mix rose gold and yellow gold jewellery?

Layering different types of metals in jewellery is a fun way to spice up your look. 

With rose gold being such a subtle elegant blush hue, it sits nicely with most metals and doesn’t typically clash, instead, it can enhance the yellow gold. Creating an eye-catching assortment of metals.

However, whether you can mix rose gold and yellow gold is strictly down to personal preference, with some people loving to mix metals whilst others are vehemently against it.

If you want to get a little rose gold into your life, look no further. GS Diamonds has a wide and beautiful range of rose gold jewellery that will catch everyone’s eye.

Looking for the perfect rose gold jewellery? View our entire collection, including our rose gold engagement rings options online, or book an appointment at our diamond showrooms in Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne today to view them in person!

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