Rose Gold vs. Red Gold?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have never heard of red gold! And one of my bands will be rose gold! I’m commenting to get hooked in on this convo.

But I just have to say I’m not worried about my ring tarnishing, nor has my jeweler suggested I be concerned!

Post # 7
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MrsSnowMountain:  I don’t have answers, but I have fallen in love with a 10k rose gold and diamond wedding band. I have concerns about tarnishing as well, although the jeweler said it isn’t a problem. The ring is soooo gorgeous (and the price is too!)

Post # 8
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294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I didn’t know there was such a thing. Interesting! 

Post # 10
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I am not sure if this counts, but my mother has quite a few pieces of Black Hills Gold.  She bought these about 15-20 years ago.  None of them have ever tarnished.  They still look great.

Post # 11
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I should add that when she received these pieces, there was a card that came with each piece.  It did say to clean regularly to prevent tarnishing.  You can type in Black Hills Gold FAQ and it will tell you all about the different gold and alloys.  It covers tarnishing and gives cleaning instructions as well.  My mother cleans her jewelry regularly, so she doesn’t have a problem with tarnish.  

Post # 12
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331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsSnowMountain:  My future GMIL has a 14K gold and copper alloy wedding ring, she worn it for 60 years and it has not tarnished even slightly. I’d say you’re safe.

 

Post # 14
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve seen many 9kt/10kt pieces tarnish, especially rose gold. With that much copper, it WILL need polishing. Either of those alloys are less than half gold. As well, to me, 9/10kt rose gold looks too coppery. 14 kt looks the rosiest to me without looking coppery, and since it’s over half gold it’s less likely to tarnish.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@Tibbs:  I would caution against using that as reassurance because “they don’t make ’em like they used to.” My mom’s ering/wb are 18k white gold and she never has them rhodium plated or polished or anything and they’re bright, bright white and shiny (like, literally never in my life do I remember her going to a jeweler). I think alloys and jewelry making have changed over the years enough that it’s hard to use that as a reference unfortunately. 

Post # 16
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331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BlondeMissMolly: Well, I don’t know that sending someone with a limited budget to ask advice from the jewellery snobs at Pricescope is a good idea.

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