What is Rose Gold?

Pure gold is a bright yellow color we all associate with its name.  But we also see “White Gold”, “Rose Gold”, even “Green Gold”. What makes gold transform into other colors?

24k (karats) is pure gold. As other metals are mixed in then the purity (also know as fineness) of the gold is changed. However by adding other metals the gold can be strengthened, the new mixture is known as an “alloy”.

  • 22k gold is 22 parts gold and 2 parts other metals (91.6% pure)
  • 18k gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals (75% pure gold)
  • 14k gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals (58% pure gold)
  • 10k gold is 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals (42% pure gold)

Rose gold is made by adding copper to the alloy. Rose gold is popular in both 18k and 14k.

White gold usually is mixed with nickel or zine, and is usually plated with rhodium to make the shine more brilliant. Green gold contains a mixture of silver, copper, and cadmium.

If you have a rose gold ring that needs sizing, a chain that needs a new clasp, or any other rose gold jewelry item that needs repair we would love to assist you.