Engagement Ring Trends

Rose Gold vs Gold: What’s the Difference?

Rose gold is having a moment and, quite frankly, we’re here for it. From smartphones to smartwatches and even to makeup palettes, it seems like everyone everywhere is loving this gorgeous shade of pink. It’s so popular, in fact, that we’ve made almost every single product we sell available in rose gold. But, with new trends inevitably comes to new questions. So, we’re here to breakdown some of the most frequently asked questions about rose gold vs gold.

What is the difference between gold and rose gold?

Gold, in its purest form, is the color you likely think of when you think about blocks of gold. It has a 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 more pure 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 used 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 created 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 (see other metals above). At Clean Origin, all of our rings are available in 14kt rose gold. This means the gold used is 58.3% pure and the ring will be durable due to the amount of ‘other’ metals included.

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 a softness about it, it really looks good with just about every skin tone. This is why the color is having such a success in the makeup industry. From highlighters to eye shadows, it’s likely that you’ll find rose gold on every shelf in your local Ulta.

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, no matter what color your metal is, the price should only differentiate when the karat increases. At Clean Origin, all 14k white, yellow, and rose gold is priced the same.

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.

If you’re stuck between yellow vs rose gold, give them both a try to see if there is one that you prefer in-person. Our diamond experts are always available to help with any questions you might have about metal color or your lab-grown diamond jewelry.