The differences between yellow gold, white gold and rose gold go deeper than just color. Find out what are the main differences between them.
How to differentiate the different types of gold?
However, in some cases, it is desirable to match the color of the gold to the color of the center stone. For example, using white gold when the diamond has a yellowish color may accentuate the imperfection of the diamond, while using yellow gold will hide it.
The purity of the gold you buy (not its color) affects its value.
Differences in value usually correspond to the percentage of pure gold in the jewel. It is usually measured in “carats”.
24 karat gold is 100% pure. 18 karat gold has a purity of 75%, while 14 karat gold has a purity of 58.3%. These proportions are ideal for jewelry and are the most commonly used.
The final color of gold is determined by the metals that combine with gold to form an alloy, and the proportion of those metals. The most common metals mixed with gold are copper, silver, nickel, palladium and zinc. Metallic “plating” may also be applied to enhance the color.
Can’t you choose just one color? You are not limited to one color when you buy your jewelry. Rather, you can combine two or three different colors of gold. This jewelry is sometimes referred to as two-color, three-color or multicolor gold.
Differences yellow gold
The metals most commonly added to create yellow gold are silver, copper and zinc. This unique mixture gives yellow gold its distinctive color.
Yellow gold is closer to pure gold, but also tends to be softer than other alloys and tends to scratch more easily. It can be polished periodically, but a small amount of metal is lost with each polishing.
This type of gold is widely used in brands such as Rolex, you can compare the various types of watches in our buy Rolex watches sale to compare the quality of yellow gold.
Differences white gold
White gold is usually the result of some combination of gold with nickel, palladium and silver. Its properties can vary drastically depending on the metals and the proportions used in the mixture. This is done deliberately for different purposes.
For example, mixing gold with nickel makes it harder, which is perfect for rings and brooches. Mixing gold with a soft metal, such as palladium, makes it good for soft gemstone settings, where a flexible gold alloy is required.
However, the final product tends to have a slight yellowish tint. This is why most white gold jewelry is rhodium plated. Many people mistakenly confuse the color of rhodium with that of white gold.
In fact, rhodium is the metal that gives white gold its color. Not only that, but it also makes white gold more durable by coating the softer yellow gold alloy with an additional protective layer.
Although white gold looks great when new, its rhodium plating wears off over time. Then, the yellowish undercoat of the white gold becomes visible. You can re-plate your jewelry with rhodium, but this can cost €25 to €35 or more, and is an added cost to consider.
Patek Philippe watches are watches that use white gold a lot because of its elegance. Take a look at the Patek Phillipe watches for sale that we offer so you can see how they work white gold in their watches.
Differences rose gold
Rose gold is a mixture of pure gold and copper. It is also sometimes referred to as “rose” or “red” gold. Rose gold was initially popular in Russia in the 19th century, and used to be called “Russian” gold. However, it is experiencing a resurgence in the 21st century.
Although the names are often used interchangeably, the difference between red, rose and pink gold is the copper content: the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration.