Are you looking to expand your jewelry collection?
Rose gold has become one of the most popular metals in recent years—and for a good reason! This precious metal has a beautiful color like no other.
Whether you’re looking for a sparkly necklace, beautiful earrings, or gorgeous rose gold ring, here’s what you need to know to make a smart purchase.
Check out some of our favorite rose gold vermeil pieces below, or keep scrolling for the rest of the article!
Rose Quartz Cluster Ring
Clementine 3 in 1 Choker Necklace
Emma Vintage Ring
What is rose gold?
Rose gold is made of regular yellow gold, mixed with other metals (usually copper) that give it a red or pink color.
Rose gold is made from real gold, although it can never be 24-karat pure gold since the other metals give it its rosy hue. It’s usually made of 75% yellow gold (18k) or 58% yellow gold (14k).
Depending on the amount of copper a jeweler mixes with the gold, the color can change dramatically. Less-popular versions of copper-infused gold are known as red gold and pink gold.
Rose gold isn’t cheaper than regular gold since white and yellow gold also use a mixture of other metals, called alloys, to keep them strong. So 18k rose gold is usually the same price as 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold.
This distinct metal blend dates back to early Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé, of the famous Fabergé Eggs. It was so popular in 19th-century Russian that rose gold was originally called “Russian gold.”
With so many different kinds of gold available, you might be wondering what the difference is!
Not to worry. The different terms are quite simple.
Yellow gold is the natural color of gold. Pure 24k gold has a bright yellow color. But since 24k gold is too soft for jewelry and easily scratched, almost any gold piece of jewelry is mixed with harder alloy metals, typically copper and silver.
Rose gold is formed when jewelers mix pure gold with mostly copper. Copper’s red color gives rose gold its pink hue.
White gold is also made from yellow gold, just mixed with white metal alloys. The most common include silver, platinum, zinc, and nickel.
White gold is also usually coated with a thin layer of another metal called rhodium for a bright white shine. Unfortunately, this rhodium plating eventually wears off and must be replaced.
Platinum is a different type of precious metal unrelated to gold or silver. It has a white color similar to white gold and is often used in jewelry as well.