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Yellow Gold Vs Rose Gold: The Jewelry Debate

Written by Annabelle
November 12, 2018

Yellow Gold Vs Rose Gold

Yellow gold is classic and timeless, while rose gold has taken on an image as less conventional yet romantic. The big question is; which one wins in this week’s debate about the best jewelry metal? Read more to find out about the pros and cons of yellow gold vs rose gold. 

Yellow Gold

  • Composition: Gold is a naturally occurring metal. It is an element on the periodic table, which means it is a pure substance that has its own unique chemical composition.
  • History: The quintessential jewelry metal, gold has been historically prized since time immemorial. Its bright, natural color is beautiful and does not tarnish.
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A Nancy Troske ancient coin ring in yellow gold

  • Pros & Cons: Gold is hypoallergenic and does not trigger any reactions from people who have very sensitive skin. This makes it a popular choice for plating costume jewelryThe only downside is that pure gold is very soft and malleable, so it’s prone to scratches. Most gold sold on the market is mixed with another kind of metal in order to strengthen it. The terms 10k, 18, and 24k gold are a reference to the percentage of gold within the mixture.
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Gold ring with scratches


Rose Gold

  • Composition: Unlike yellow gold, rose gold is not a naturally-occurring metal. Rose gold is actually an alloy made from copper and yellow gold. The copper gives it its distinctive pink color.
  • History: It first came to prominence in Russia during the 1800s, and as a result it was referred to as Russian gold. The popularity of rose gold resurfaced recently and now it has been adopted as the metal of choice by younger consumers, covering popular items such as jewelry, home decor, and even phone cases.
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Pair of rose gold rings

  • Pros & Cons: Compared to yellow gold, it is durable and less prone to scratching. However, it is not hypoallergenic, which might deter those who have metal allergies.


Considering all this information, which one wins the contest of best metal for jewelry? Whether it's yellow gold or rose gold, let us know in the comments below!

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