Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialised Jewellery. It is also known as pink gold and red gold. As it was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is also known as Russian gold, however, this term is now obsolete.
Although the names are often used interchangeably, the difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content – the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration. A common alloy for rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper by mass (18 carat). Since rose gold is an alloy, there is no such thing as "pure rose gold".
Up to 15% zinc can be added to copper-rich alloys to change their color to reddish yellow or dark yellow.
During ancient times, due to impurities in the smelting process, gold frequently turned a reddish color. This is why many Greco-Roman texts, and even many texts from the Middle Ages, describe gold as "red".
Rose Gold is available in the UK in 9 carat, 14 carat and 18 carat.
To view a selection of Rose Gold Jewellery in Walsall, call into Stirlings Jewellers located at 1 The Victorian Arcade, Walsall, WS1 1RE or call 01922 623905.