Pink gold, much more than a trend

Artistic photo of a series of 7 gold rushes for men, three in yellow gold, one in white gold and three in pink gold in the foreground.

Are you familiar with pink gold? Perhaps you are laughing at my question, however many are not aware that pink gold is an option. In fact, it does exist, but not in a natural form, for just like white gold the color is achieved by adding alloys to change the color of pure gold that is always yellow.

Pink Gold 101 🎓

Pure gold is titled at 24 karats, however 24k gold is too soft to make solid jewellery with. To fully understand where rose gold comes from, it is important to understand that all jewellery, whether it is made of yellow gold, white gold or even red gold (yes!), they all contain other metals in varying proportions. These mixtures are called gold alloys and depending on the title of your jewellery – 10k, 14k or 18k - the quantity of these metals varies. An 18 karat pink gold ring is made of 75% pure gold and 25% of other metals. In other words 18 parts of pure gold on 24. If you have an 10k piece of jewellery, that means that there are 10 parts on 24 parts of pure gold (24k) and the rest are alloys, thereby the alloys outweigh the gold. The term Karat refers to the pureness of the gold while when we say .75 carat diamond (with a c) that is referring to the weight of the diamond. These measurements are sometimes confusing. 

In the case of pink gold, copper and silver are added to obtain the colour pink. Pink gold is one of the precious metals that oxidize the least and is difficult to scratch. It is the best of both worlds, To learn more about gold and its carat, please refer to this very informative text.

Engagement ring in pink gold with sapphire as the main stone surrounded by 8 small diamonds of different sizes.

The pink gold diamond ring 💍

Pink gold is said to be romantic and feminine. Having said that, more and more men are starting to wear pink gold jewellery.  It is suitable for all skin tones and add diamonds or any other precious stones to it and you get a stunning result. Engagement rings in14 karat pink gold have been gaining in popularity for several years now because it  is resistant to everyday activities. 

A pink gold ring of great delicacy for an engagement with a 4 mm laboratory-created diamond and encircled by a flower of 10 diamonds ...

If you like pink and your budget is limited, you will surely be happy to know that 10-karat pink gold tends to be a bit pinker than 14k or 18k due to a greater amount of copper in the alloy, which gives it its pinkness. Unlike yellow gold, which becomes richer as the amount of gold increases, pink gold has a softer pink color. The only downside to this equation is that a higher presence of copper in the alloy could cause an allergic reaction for some.

Three rose gold rushes of different titrations for an example of comparison of the intensity of pink.

Proportions of alloys and pure gold when fabricating pink gold.

The proportions may vary slightly from one casting specialist to another.

  • Proportions of alloys and pure gold when fabricating pink gold.  

TITLE

PURE GOLD

COPPER

SILVER

18K

75%

16.5%

8.5%

14K

58.5%

27.5%

14%

10K

41.7%

38.3%

20%

  • Proportions of alloys and pure gold when fabricating pink gold.  

TITLE

PURE GOLD

COPPER

SILVER

18K

75%

16.5%

8.5%

14K

58.5%

27.5%

14%

10K

41.7%

38.3%

20%

TITLE

PURE GOLD

COPPER

SILVER

18K

75%

16.5%

8.5%

14K

58.5%

27.5%

14%

10K

41.7%

38.3%

20%

A brief history of pink gold jewellery 🇳🇱

The story goes that the jeweller Pierre-Karl Fabergé from St. Petersburg was the first to introduce rose gold by incorporating it into the famous Fabergé eggs that he designed for the Russian royal family. Was this gold alloy created by accident or was he really looking for a new shade of gold? The fact remains that the popularity of pink gold, once called Russian gold, quickly crossed borders, and reached its peak in the 1920s, thanks in particular to Cartier's "Trinity ring". Later abandoned in favor of platinum, 18-karat pink gold jewellery regained its popularity after the Second World War, while platinum, used mainly in the war efforts, became scarcer and much more expensive.

A photo-montage of the Russian jeweller Pierre-Karl Fabergé placed next to one of his famous eggs created for Tsar Nicholas 2 of Russia entitled the Lily of the Valley Egg of the Madonna.
A band in white gold, another in rose gold and another in yellow gold that intertwine to form a single band like the Trinity ring by Cartier

The price of pink gold jewellery and its processing 💲

As explained earlier, pink gold is an alloy containing pure gold, copper, and silver. Pink gold is sold at the same price as white and yellow gold. Only the title (10k, 14k and 18k) of the gold can vary the price. The higher the number of karats, the purer the gold, the more expensive it is. Specializing in jewellery transformation, we often refine our customers' precious metals and recreate new alloys for their new rose gold jewellery. Our engagement rings and wedding rings in rose gold for women or men are made of recycled gold and are all handcrafted. Pink gold is here to stay. Let yourself be tempted by its originality, softness, and poetry. 

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