What Is Rose Gold?

October 28, 2019 By swj-eric

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There’s something romantic about rose gold.

Maybe its blush color evokes images of red and pink roses — the colors of love. Or maybe it’s simply because rose gold is so unique.

Whatever the case may be, once-popular rose gold has been regaining momentum in recent years, making it a wonderful time to sell your gold pieces or just learn more about what makes them so special.


What Exactly Is Rose Gold?

Unlike 24 karat pure gold, rose gold is not 100% gold.

Instead, it’s a mixture of gold, silver, and copper metals. This unique combination of metals give rose gold its pale, blush color. It also means that rose gold is especially durable as a result of its copper component.

Copper is one of the most durable metals on the planet, which means your rose gold jewelry is built to last for many years. Over time, rose gold often becomes darker, giving it a more vintage appearance.

This makes rose gold jewelry timeless and classic.

The Different Shades of Rose Gold

The depth of color in a piece of rose gold jewelry depends on the ratio of copper and yellow gold.

The more copper a ring or another piece of jewelry contains, the more reddish the rose color appears.

For example, 14 karat rose gold is more of a rosy, pink color than 18 karat rose gold because 18 karat gold has a higher yellow gold content than 14 karat gold.


A Brief History of Rose Gold in Russia, France, and The USA

Now, when you think of Fabergé, you probably think of ornate Fabergé Eggs.

Indeed Carl Fabergé, the famed Russian jeweler, was the first person to use rose gold in the early 19th century in his exquisite egg designs. As a result, rose gold was first known as “Russian gold.”

In the Roaring ‘20s, Russian gold gained popularity in the United States in the form of lavish engagement rings and other pieces of fine jewelry and became known as rose gold. It’s also sometimes referred to as “pink gold.”

Cartier was instrumental in the rebirth of rose gold jewelry when he designed the “Trinity Ring” — a simple ring of three interwoven colors of gold: white, gold, and rose. Jean Cocteau, a famous French writer, artist, and filmmaker from the ‘40s and ‘50s, wore this Cartier original on his pinkie finger.

Rose Gold Is Back by Popular Demand

Today, rose gold is making a comeback in the form of engagement rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, often paired with diamonds and other precious gemstones.

When you want to update or add to your jewelry collection, selling your older pieces to make room for new ones is always an option here at Southwest Jewelry Buyers in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We are the premier location for honest, accurate appraisals backed by our outstanding commitment to ethics and customer service.

As an accredited, A+ rated Better Business Bureau establishment, Southwest Jewelry Buyers has been keeping clients happy since 2000. We are experts in all types of jewelry, including popular shades of gold, like yellow, white, and rose. And we buy diamonds from .50 to 10+ carats. When it comes to honest, discreet appraisals in an upscale environment, SWJB is second to none.

Ready to make an appointment to see what your rose gold is worth, or to sell your designer watches, coins, or other fine pieces so you can purchase some new rose gold jewelry?


We’re here to help. Request an appointment by calling our friendly staff at 480-773-8004, or contact us online anytime.