- 9 years ago
When we got engaged, SO and I decided to re-set my grandmother’s wedding stone in a rose-gold setting. I love the warmth of rose gold, and I think the setting itself is quite lovely.
However, I’m a bit disapointed in the actual shade of the metal. I wanted it to be deeper red, and sometimes it barely looks different than yellow gold
I have a few other pieces that are rose gold, and they are all a much deeper red. The thing is (and this is important later) none of these other pieces are from really high-end jewlers. I got one of them on amazon, and the other on overstock.com.
I emailed the jeweler who reset the ring for us, and said that when comparing it to other pieces, I find it disapointingly more like yellow gold, and asked her advice. This is her response:
The rose gold alloy that I use here is one of the reddest available. Some of the things that you may be seeing that are different is if your ring is starting to show a little ware, the red tends to calm down compared to a polished piece. We can re-polish it at any time for you. Also, if you are comparing the color to a piece of jewelry that has been plated, the color does tend to be different. The plating is much pinker and it is used ton gold jewelry as well as fashion jewelry. I don’t do that because it is an illusion that will change over time. You are welcome to pop in any time and I can polish the ring for you, if you would like to have the ring plated, I can have that done for you as well. Again, that is temporary, but should last 1-2 years. Please let me know if you have any more questions and when you might be in for a polish.
So, according to her, you don’t get very deep red colors from the actual alloy you use, but rather from a plating that gets put on afterwards. The thing is: I don’t know if I believe her. I mean, I’m complaining about a piece that she made me, so she has some incentive to say “what I did is the best.”
So, Bees, would you help out a first-time poster? Does anyone know anything about rose gold? Does the deep color only come from a plating, or is there some kind of alloy that would be deeper red than the one I have?