• What are the components of red and rose gold?
  • What is the colour palette of both gold types?
  • Different former names for red and rose gold

Rose gold and red gold obtain their typical colouring from a percentage of copper, which is added to the alloy in varying quantities. The higher the copper content, the more intense the reddish colour will be. Rose gold contains a higher percentage of copper which results in a special rust-red colour. In addition to its colour nuance, copper gives the rose gold alloy additional hardness and strength.

red gold is a particularly noble variant of rose gold, with no uniform definition. Here the copper content is significantly lower than with rose gold and the gold content is accordingly higher. High-quality red gold often contains palladium or silver. These metals significantly improve the resistance/durability of the material.

Reddish gold is particularly well suited for darker skin types, as it contrasts beautifully with it.

What are the components of red and rose gold?

Rose and red gold alloys are supplemented with small quantities of other elements, such as silver, which makes working with gold alloy much easier. If the copper content is too high, however, the material can deteriorate so that the rose gold/red gold alloy will oxidise or discolour.

What is the colour palette of both gold types?

In the case of rose gold, red nuances can be produced by altering the quantities of the individual components. If copper is the main component within the red gold alloy, the material appears in a deep rust red colour. rose gold acquires an orange-gold colour when the fine gold content is higher.

Red gold is a gold alloy with a colour spectrum ranging from a silvery cool pink to a warm apricot shade. The characteristic tint of valuable red gold is achieved by creating an alloy with 75 percent fine gold, 20.5 percent copper and 4.5 percent silver.

Red gold as well as rose gold are generally available with a fine gold content of between 33.3 percent and 75 percent. The 333 rose gold is the cheapest alloy. As you can see, there is no exact definition based on the composition, so it is always advisable to pay attention to the exact details on the gold content, as high-quality 750 gold also facilitates e.g. a possible resale.

Different former names for red and rose gold

At the beginning of the 19th century, red gold was particularly sought after in Russia. That is why it used to be called Russian gold. In addition, the term Turkish gold was used as a synonym, since red gold and rose gold also enjoy great prestige there. In Great Britain, 916 red gold, which is alloyed only with copper and has an extremely weak red colour, is very popular. It is called Crown Gold there. This type of red gold was introduced by Henry VII in 1526 and was used for a long time as a material for gold coins.

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