Often referred to as rose gold, pink gold or red gold, this metal has become very popular over the last 10 years. It was extremely popular in Russia at the beginning of the early 1900s and came to be known as Russian gold, however this term isn’t used anymore. Rose gold jewelry is most made in 14k and is mixed with 58.5% yellow gold and then alloyed with 41.5% silver and copper. The copper alloy is what gives rose gold jewelry it’s pinkish red color.

Accenting in men’s wedding rings are some of the most popular uses for rose gold. The advent of black metals such as zirconium for men’s jewelry make it a perfect backdrop for the accents of pink gold. Some jewelry is made in 18k rose gold but this isn’t recommended, it is very hard to forge and can be prone to breakage. Rose gold is much softer than yellow or white gold, this is why it isn’t a great idea to use it for the prongs on an engagement ring center stone. When unavoidable, it’s important to be diligent about cleanings and checking to avoid accidental stone loss.