Value of Rose Gold

Updated February 21, 2017

The price of gold is constantly on the rise. While this can spell trouble for the inflation rate, it can be a good thing for anyone looking to sell or trade gold that they may have on had, or to obtain gold that will grow in value. Gold is available in the standard yellow, of course, and also shades of white, blue, brown, green, and rose.

What is Rose Gold?

Rose gold is a mixture of pure gold and several alloys. These alloys include a large portion of copper, which is naturally dark red in colour. When the unblemished colour of the gold meets the crimson of the copper, they produce a metal that ranges from very pale pink to dark blush. People have named this metal rose gold, and sometimes also call it red gold or pink gold.

Uses of Rose Gold

While silver and yellow gold are the basis of coins, bars, and other means of exchange, rose gold is used primarily for jewellery. That is not the say that rose gold cannot be melted down and used for other purposes, and many gold-purchasing businesses will accept rose gold because it is still useful. But for the average person who wants to purchase rose gold, jewellery is probably the only option.

18 Karat Rose Gold

Carats are the standard of measure for how much gold is actually in an object. The designation “18 carat rose gold” means that the object is a mixture of 18 parts of gold and six parts of alloy. This is the stronger of the common rose gold carat standards.

14 Karat Rose Gold

Fourteen carat rose gold is made up of 14 parts of gold and 10 parts of mixed alloys. Copper is much softer than gold, so 14 carat rose gold is more delicate than 18 carat. Fourteen carat rose gold is also less valuable than 18 carat, because it contains less actual gold.

Rose Gold vs. Yellow Gold

All types of solid gold are alloys. Pure gold smelt is much too soft to be practical as currency or for forming into jewellery. Even the highest grade of yellow gold is mixed with alloy elements so that it can be easily handled. Without this knowledge, you might assume that pure yellow gold is more valuable than any coloured gold. This is not true. The value of every type of gold is determined by how much gold it actually contains. Therefore, rose gold that contains 18 parts of gold is just as valuable as yellow gold that contains 18 parts of gold.

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About the Author

Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.