Rose gold has become a very popular choice for engagement rings in recent years. Its pinkish hue elicits feelings of romance, setting just the right tone for an engagement ring. Plus, men and women often feel the color complements their skin better than yellow or white gold. 

Many of our customers here at Silver Spring Jewelry want to know if rose gold is more expensive than yellow gold. The short answer is no. 

To understand why not, you need to understand how various gold alloys are made. Read on to learn more. 

Let’s talk about karats

The karat weight represents the percentage of pure gold is contained in a piece of jewelry. You’ve probably heard the term “24-karat gold. ” This is the purest form of gold. It contains 100 percent gold with no other metals included. Since pure gold is softer and tends to scratch easier, many people prefer to wear jewelry that contains less gold. For example, an 18-karat gold piece of jewelry contains 75 percent pure gold, and 14-karat gold contains 58.3 percent gold. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering what makes up the other 25 percent of 18-karat gold or the other 41.7 percent of 14-karat gold. Pure gold is mixed with another metal to create these types of gold. It’s called an alloy.

What is an alloy?

Some gold jewelry is created by combining pure gold with another metal to make an alloy. The alloy metal is usually zinc, copper, nickel or silver. Adding the alloy metal makes the gold stronger and less likely to scratch and dent.

  • Yellow gold is pure gold mixed with copper or zinc.
  • White gold is pure gold mixed with silver, palladium or nickel.   
  • Rose gold is pure gold mixed with copper and silver. 

Which is more expensive?

The cost will come down to how much pure gold is contained in the finished product, and to a lesser extent, the type of alloy metal. Obviously, settings with more pure gold will cost more. Therefore, 24-karat gold is the most expensive, followed by 18-karat and 14-karat gold. The alloy metal that’s contained with the pure gold will also influence the cost. 

When it comes to rose gold, the copper that’s used to create it costs less than other types of alloy metals. That means rose gold can be slightly less expensive than white or yellow gold. But remember, the price is based primarily on the amount of pure gold, not the alloy. 

Find the Perfect Ring at Let Silver Spring Jewelry

Silver Spring Jewelry has a large selection of beautiful engagement rings, including rose gold engagement rings for women and men. Browse our options at one of our three locations: Takoma Park, White Oak, and Silver Spring. If you have questions in the meantime, contact us.  We look forward to seeing you soon!