What is Rose Gold?

What is Rose Gold?


Rose gold has become incredibly popular over the past few years, and for good reason. This unique, pink-tinted metal is not only visually stunning but also has a rich history and interesting composition that makes it stand out from other types of gold. Whether you're new to rose gold or considering it for your next piece of jewellery, let's take a look at everything you need to know.



Shield Diamond Rose Gold Necklace

Rose Gold Diamond Necklace

Composition and Colour of Rose Gold

Rose gold is created by adding copper to gold, which gives it that distinctive pinkish hue. The addition of a small amount of silver helps to balance the colour and make the alloy more workable. The exact shade of rose gold can vary depending on the proportions of these metals. For instance, 18ct rose gold contains at least 75% pure gold to ensure it is classed as 18ct gold, and is then mixed with around 20% copper, and 5% silver, resulting in a rich, warm tone. On the other hand, 14ct rose gold which is popular in the USA has more copper and less gold (58.5% pure gold for 14ct), giving it a paler, brighter pink colour. 14ct gold isn’t very popular in the UK, however as a bespoke jeweller who makes all pieces in the Jewellery Quarter, if you would like a 14ct gold piece of jewellery just ask. I can make engagement rings, wedding rings and all other items in 14ct gold. It’s especially popular for rose gold where 9ct gold isn’t pure enough but 18ct gold isn’t pink enough. 14ct rose gold can give the perfect pink warmth.

Historical Background

Rose gold's history dates back to the 19th century in Russia, where it was first popularised and often referred to as "Russian gold." It gained fame through the ornate Fabergé eggs created by Carl Fabergé. Over the years, rose gold has seen various surges in popularity, and today it is celebrated for its modern yet timeless appeal.

Types of Rose Gold

When choosing rose gold jewellery, you'll often come across 14ct and 18ct options. The main difference between these is the gold content and resulting colour. 18ct rose gold is richer and slightly softer due to its higher gold content, while 14ct rose gold is more durable and has a brighter pink hue. Both types are beautiful and suitable for different preferences and needs.


Lovebirds Necklace in Silver and Rose Gold


Rose Gold can be a beautiful detail when used with white coloured metal, as in this Lovebirds Necklace.


Popularity and Uses of Rose Gold

In recent years, rose gold has become a popular choice for all types of jewellery, from engagement rings to watches. Its romantic and versatile appearance makes it perfect for various styles and occasions. Many people choose rose gold for its unique look that stands out from the more traditional yellow and white gold.

Advantages of Rose Gold

Rose gold has several benefits that make it a desirable choice for jewellery:

  • Unique Aesthetic Appeal: Its warm, pinkish hue is distinctive and flattering on most skin tones.
  • Resistance to Tarnishing: Unlike white gold, rose gold does not require rhodium plating and won’t tarnish over time.


While rose gold has many benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Allergic Reactions: Some people may be sensitive to the copper in rose gold, so it’s worth considering if you have metal allergies.
  • Impact on Diamonds: Colourless diamonds can reflect the pinkish hue of rose gold. This can be a beautiful effect but may not be for everyone. Using platinum prongs can help maintain the diamond’s true colour. It is however a perfect choice to enhance the warmth of brown diamonds & pink gemstones such as morganite.

Rose Gold Eternity ring with 2.5mm diamonds half the way around on a white background.


A Rose Gold Diamond Eternity Ring


Caring for Rose Gold Jewellery

To keep your rose gold jewellery looking its best, regular care is essential:

  • Cleaning: Soak your jewellery in lukewarm soapy water for about 10 minutes, then gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clean water and air dry.
  • Maintenance: Use a gold cleaning cloth or arrange a professional jewellery polish to maintain its shine. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach and chlorine that can damage the metal.

Why Choose Rose Gold?

Rose gold offers a modern twist on traditional gold jewellery, making it a perfect choice for those looking to stand out. Its unique colour adds a touch of romance and elegance to any piece, making it suitable for both contemporary and classic designs.

So now you know about Rose Gold..

Rose gold is not just a trend; it's a beautiful and versatile metal that offers a unique alternative to traditional yellow and white gold. Whether you're choosing an engagement ring, a wedding band, or a special piece of jewellery, rose gold is sure to add a touch of elegance and charm.

Ready to explore the beauty of rose gold for yourself? Visit Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery to discover bespoke rose gold pieces crafted to the highest quality. Enjoy benefits like free sizing, personally selected gemstones, and a personalised service that ensures your jewellery is as unique as your story. Explore our collection today and let us help you create a piece that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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