Rose Gold vs White Gold/Yellow Gold: What’s the Difference?

March 27, 2020 8:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What is the difference between rose gold and other gold options?

Gold, in its purest form, is the color you likely think of when you think about blocks of gold. It has yellow/bronze-ish tint, but unfortunately, it’s very soft and cannot be used in jewelry by itself. That’s why you have to choose the karat amount that you want in your jewelry. The higher the karat, the purer gold is present. However, this also means that the higher the karat, the softer it becomes. 14 karat jewelry is stronger than 18 karats, yet it is worth a bit less.

Since gold cannot be used on its own, other metals are added to make it stronger. Some of the most common metals used to mix with gold are copper, silver, nickel, palladium, and zinc. Depending on what metals are sued and the percentage that they’re present will result in the three most common colors: white, yellow, and rose gold.

While rose gold gets its pink tint from a mixture of pure gold and copper, yellow gold is often crated by adding silver, copper, and zinc to gold.

Is rose gold really gold?

Yes! Similar to white and yellow gold, rose gold contains a percentage of gold, mixed with other metals to create a harder material to work with. 14kt rose gold means the gold that is used is 58.3% pure and the ring will be durable due to the amount of ‘other’ metals included.

What is the significance of rose gold?

When it comes to jewelry, any meaning or significance is going to depend heavily on personal experience and preference. That said, the commonly accepted rose gold meaning is that it stands for passion and refinement. It’s slightly pinkish hue also lends it an air of femininity, while still retaining enough yellow to be considered gender neutral.

Can you wear rose gold with gold?

This is really a personal preference, but due to the inclusion of copper in rose gold and most yellow gold, the colors do complement each other quite well. In fact, some people love the way they look together so much, that they mix and match their wedding band color with their engagement ring color. So, for example, someone might purchase a rose gold ring and add a yellow gold band.

Which color is best for my skin tone?

Since rose gold has softness about it, it really looks good with just about every skin tone. Yellow gold, on the other hand, looks best on people with ‘warmer’ skin tones. If you have greenish veins or yellow undertones, then you likely have a warmer skin color.

Is rose gold more expensive?

The price of gold jewelry will depend on how pure the actual gold content in the ring is. As mentioned above, the higher the karat, the purer the gold. So, when it comes to rose gold value (or the value of any color gold, for that matter), the price should only differentiate when the karat increases.

Which color is best for my ring?

Again, the color of your metal is really going to be a personal preference, Rose gold is definitely a unique choice, as the metal color has only recently become popular in jewelry. Yellow gold was actually extremely popular in the 90s and early 2000s. It’s making a comeback, but it is still not quite as popular as white gold.

The main concern you’ll want to consider when choosing your metal is the level of activity your ring will experience. If you are big into gardening, working out, or other hands-on activities, a lower karat (and thus more durable ring) will be a good choice. If you think you’ll be extremely mindful of removing your ring during these types of activities, and you want a higher percentage of pure gold in your ring, then go with a higher karat.

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