Ring shoppers steel themselves to ask some pretty big, life-changing questions, often of the “Will you marry me?” variety. But they sometimes seem reluctant to tackle some more basic queries like “But what is rose gold, exactly?” Don’t stress, shoppers, because we’ve got the answer.
The Short and Sweet: What Is Rose Gold?
In short, rose gold is a blend (alloy) of 24-karat yellow gold, copper and silver, which together creates a pinkish hue. Yellow gold is also an alloy made of 24-karat yellow gold, copper and silver, but it has less copper to maintain the classic gold or yellow hue. Rose gold has become uber-popular in the past decade or so, thanks, in part, to tastemakers like Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad and Julianne Hough.
How Is Rose Gold Made?
Jewelry wrought in that lovely blush-colored hue catches the eye at every turn. But even as admiring crowds gather ‘round display cases gleaming with rose gold wedding rings, there’s clearly some internal speculation about rose gold’s arrival on the scene. Nobody seems to be able to recall that shade of metal from movies featuring prospectors or museum exhibits on the Yukon Trail. Was there a recent discovery of some rose gold mine that everybody missed because they were too busy shouting at each other on social media?Shop Rose Gold Wedding Rings for Women
Anyone toting a pickaxe to an abandoned California mineshaft dreaming of pure rose gold nuggets is doomed to disappointment. Rose gold gets its coloring from the copper alloys that help strengthen it. Almost all gold jewelry uses alloys like silver, copper, zinc or nickel. The timeless beauty of gold just does better when it can borrow from other metals for durability.
An 18-karat yellow gold ring, for example, might be 75% gold, 12.5% copper and 12.5% silver, while an 18-karat rose gold ring might be 75% gold and 25% copper. Both of these 18-karat rings are going to be more affordable than a similar 24-karat ring made out of pure gold, and they are also less likely to get bent out of shape.
It’s not really a new trick. Carl Faberge incorporated rose gold into some of the fabulous eggs he made for Russian nobility in the 19th century. And recently discovered Nahuange artifacts even suggest that rose gold was in vogue with ancient Colombians.Check Out Interesting Facts About Rose Gold Wedding Rings
The wedding industry sometimes puts unnecessary pressure on ring shoppers who are panicked about making a mistake that will ruin one special day. It’s usually more helpful to think about the context of a lifelong partnership. Since it can be hard to shut out all the societal noise, here’s a list of answers to some more sensible questions that often don’t get asked.
Do Men Wear Rose Gold Rings?
Yes, they sure do. In fact, one of the most famous rings of the 20th century was the Trinity Ring, commissioned by French novelist Jean Cocteau in 1924. Interweaving strands of yellow gold, rose gold and platinum, Cocteau wore it on his pinky finger until his death three decades later.
The rose gold men’s wedding band continues to reach unprecedented heights of popularity. Some men like that it matches their partner’s ring. Others like the affordability of the mixture, especially since wedding bands for men often use more material than those designed for women. Men who work with their hands appreciate the fact that rose gold requires less maintenance than something made of white gold.Browse All Our Rose Gold Wedding Rings for Men
What’s the Deal with White Gold?
Like rose gold and yellow gold, white gold adds alloys into the mix: usually silver, palladium and nickel. Because those metals can be more valuable than copper, which features heavily in yellow gold and rose gold, white gold can carry a heftier price tag. White gold is frequently plated with rhodium, a precious metal akin to platinum, to acquire the silvery-white sheen.
Are There Different Variations of Rose Gold?
Yes, some other variations include red and pink gold. A general rule of thumb to follow is that higher copper content equates to a redder or more pinkish gold. Pink gold occurs when an appreciable amount of silver joins the blend. Crown gold represents the closest point to pure gold on the rose spectrum, weighing in at 22 karats.
How Will Rose Gold Rings Hold Up?
Our rose gold rings are of high quality and handcrafted. No one should begin married life mired in unnecessary debt, but that doesn’t mean they need to settle for costume jewelry or something that turns the wearer’s finger green.
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