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Rose Gold Engagement Rings

The popularity of rose gold can be traced back to the 19th century. It was first used by Carl Faberge in his famous Faberge Eggs and was known as "Russian Gold". By the 1910, rose gold had made its way to the United States and reached a new level of popularity through the efforts of Cartier. Although platinum was the choice metal through the Art Deco era, that silvery precious metal was needed for military efforts in World War II and became scarce for fine jewelry, causing a new surge of popularity for rose gold. Currently, rose gold is very much in demand for engagement and wedding rings because of its warm, romantic color and timeless aesthetic.

What is rose gold made of?
Rose gold is a blend of pure gold (24 karat), copper, and silver. Because pure 24 karat gold is too soft to be used on its own, it is combined with an alloy to create white, yellow, and rose gold that is durable enough for fine jewelry. These alloys can be different metals that determine the color of the finished precious metal.

Many clients ask about the difference between 14 karat rose gold (14k) and 18 karat rose gold (18k). 14k rose gold is 14 parts yellow gold to 10 parts copper/silver alloy (or, 58% pure gold), while 18k rose gold is 18 parts pure gold to 6 parts alloy (75% pure gold). The main difference between the two is 18k rose gold will last longer over time because of its higher pure gold content. Since some rose gold blends can be more yellow or pink, it is best to inform your designer if you prefer a specific hue. Both rose gold varieties are beautiful choices for an engagement ring.