When Gold Is Not Gold

Rose Gold Ring

On hearing the word gold most of us picture a beautiful yellow metal. However, while this is the most popular form of the metal, it is not necessarily the most attractive to look at. Rose gold must be considered to be one of the most beautiful forms of the metal, and when used in jewellery it adds a particularly distinctive touch.

Rose gold is created by combining pure gold with a tiny amount of copper in a process known as alloying. While still very obviously gold, it takes on a stunning rosy tint, also known as red, pink or crown gold. Alloying of any kind makes gold more durable and hardwearing, which is why rose gold is ideal for use in jewellery making. It is available up to 22 carat in weight, and if you are looking for an item that will be subjected to wear and tear, it is better to go for a lower carat such as 18 or 14.

Rose gold first came into popularity in Russia in the 19th century and its popularity has since spread all over the world. Rings are often made with a combination of white, yellow and silver gold in the style of three interlocking rings. Another popular use for the metal is in watch making, where it is used for the faces, hands and crowns to give the timepiece a distinctive and elegant look.

If you are designing your own jewellery, the colour of the metals you use is likely to be particularly important to you. However, it may be that you consider its value in terms of the pureness of the metal to be more important than its appearance. These are things that must be weighed up when choosing the metal that you want to use. The more copper you combine with pure gold, the more pink its appearance will become. Therefore the more distinctive, darker looking forms of rose gold are also those that are the least pure.

When purchasing rose gold, how to keep it in great condition is likely to be a consideration. While it is important to look after it, rose gold is just as easy to maintain, clean and generally look after as its yellow counterpart. You can use any jewellery cleaner, or alternatively, it is also possible to use warm water along with a mild facial soap.