Everything You Need to Know About Rose Gold
September, 21 2018
You've heard us say it before, and we'll repeat it again: rose gold is hot, hot, hot! Whether it's a rose gold engagement ring, an anniversary necklace, or a pair of earrings you bought yourself, rose gold is in style like it's never been before. It's not just with jewelry either. Homeware, nail polish, clothes, and other products across the globe are integrating rose gold coloring into their styles and designs.
John Atencio wants you to learn more about this jewelry trend and why you should consider adding this unique color to your everyday life with rose gold pieces from our collections.
What is Rose Gold?
Rose gold is a delicate balance of yellow gold, silver, and copper. This creates a blend of alloys that result in the rose gold coloration. Sometimes it's known as "red gold" or "pink gold" depending on the hue that shines through.
That means rose gold isn't 100 percent gold, but neither is most yellow gold or white gold depending on the karat count. For example, 18 karat gold is made up of about 75 percent actual gold whereas 24 karat gold is 100 percent gold. 24 karat gold is too soft for most jewelry and products, so most gold is mixed with other substances to make it sturdier to wear or use and to add coloration.
How Durable is Rose Gold?
Rose gold, like other alloy blends, lasts longer than pure 24 karat gold. It's less susceptible to wear and tear, bending, and scratches depending on what combinations are used to create the final gold product. Copper is one of the most durable metals on the planet, and this makes rose gold even more durable than yellow gold and white gold over the years.
Does Rose Gold Become Darker?
Rose gold doesn't tarnish like other alloys, but it can become darker over the years due to the copper used to get its color. Darker rose gold is often sought after because it makes a piece look more "vintage" and exotic. Rose gold looks better with age.
What Type of Jewelry Can Be Made from Rose Gold?
Anything you can dream of!
Rose gold can be used in any jewelry from rings to necklaces to earrings to bracelets and more. It's used in fine jewelry like some of the stunning pieces from our lines to being mimicked in designs for fashion jewelry at department stores.
It's paired with diamonds and colorful gemstones and can be worn with other gold colors or sterling silver for a vibrant, striking fashion statement no matter the occasion. The "tri-color look" of meshing different colors with rose gold is bold and beautiful.
What Else Do You Need to Know About Rose Gold?
Despite being in style, rose gold may not always be widely available at jewelry stores – but it is at John Atencio. Rose gold costs less than white gold and yellow gold because copper is less expensive than silver and others metals. Rose gold, like other alloys, can cause an allergic reaction to people with severe sensitivity to non-hypoallergenic metals.
John Atencio believes in the sustainability, and ethical sourcing of all our products and our rose gold is no exception – we use recycled gold to ensure we're giving back to the world the way it gives to us.
Rose gold is a beautiful compliment to existing jewelry pieces in your collection or the start of a new adventure with a new color direction. Browse the John Atencio rose gold pieces in our collections and add rose gold to your jewelry box.