Rose, White, and Green Gold
There is no such thing as naturally occurring rose, white, or
green gold. Gold itself is only one color: yellow. All of these
other "colors" of gold are produced by mixing pure
24K yellow gold with various other metals. The percentage of
the other metals (copper, silver, zinc, nickel) produces the
different shades of gold. Any karat other than 24K gold (pure
gold) is called an "alloy". For instance, 14K gold
is an alloy consisting of fourteen parts pure gold and ten parts
Rose gold, also known as
pink gold or red gold, is a mixture of pure yellow gold with
a high percentage of copper. It has a very subtle and delicate
color that may intensify somewhat with age due to a slight, but
attractive, tarnishing of the the copper. (Jewelry pictured on
your monitor may show the rose color more exaggerated than it
actually is). Before ordering rose gold jewelry, you should be
familiar with the color of rose gold. Perhaps a friend or your
jeweler can show you what rose gold jewelry looks like. The famous
Black Hills rose gold jewelry is a good example.
Rose gold is created by increasing the copper-colored alloys
mixed with the gold and decreasing the silver-colored alloys.
14K rose gold contains as much pure gold as 14K yellow gold but,
because of the increased copper, is slightly pinker in color.
Rose gold is available in both 14K and in 18K. The 14K, rose
gold (which we use) has a more pronounced rose color.
White gold is created by
increasing the silver-colored alloys (zinc, silver, nickel) normally
mixed with gold and decreasing the yellow-colored alloys (copper).
14K white gold contains as much gold as 14K yellow gold but is
nearly white in color: NOTE -- white gold still has a very, very
faint yellowish hint unless it is plated with rhodium, a common
industry practice which we do not use because of the following
reason: Because the rhodium plating eventually wears off in raised
areas, it leaves splotches of yellowish color which show up noticeably
against the unworn areas. White gold is available both in 14K
and in 18K. The 14K white gold (which we use) has less of the
Green gold: Unless one
is familiar with the appearance of green gold, the term can be
quite misleading. The green color, like rose gold, is very subtle.
Green gold is best described as yellow gold with a slightly greenish
hint (not a definite green like this background). Green gold
is most noticeable when it is used in a piece of jewelry next
to areas of yellow, white, and pink gold. The classic mixture
that produces green gold is an alloy of pure yellow gold and
pure silver -- though, for rings, harder metals such as nickel
or zinc are sometimes added to make the gold more durable. 14K
green gold would contain fourteen parts yellow gold and ten parts
silver. 18K green gold would contain eighteen parts yellow gold
and six parts silver.