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Gold of a Different Color

One of the first decisions you make when buying jewelry is the metal color, and most of us have a specific color of gold we wear based on skin tone, popularity, and what our mothers wore. The three main options of gold are yellow, white, and rose, but how does the metal become different colors?  What does that mean exactly?



Gold ALWAYS comes out of the ground yellow in color. Gold is also soft, so other metals are added to make it strong enough to wear in jewelry. These other metals create an opportunity to change the overall metal color, thus creating white or rose!  


·       White gold has nickel, palladium, & zinc

·       Rose gold has a high percentage of copper with some silver mixed in, as well

·       Yellow gold has other metals that help make it more durable to wear


White gold will never be bright white on its own. It is plated with a metal called rhodium to give it a clean, white look.  The plating does come off with wear giving the metal a warmer appearance, but don’t worry, it is not turning yellow gold! You can easily have it re-plated at your local repair shop.


Rose gold is a pretty pink color that has come into fashion in the past 10 years! It gives a piece a more romantic feel. There are certain gemstones, like Morganite, that look especially well in a rose gold setting, just like there are certain gemstones that look best in the other metal colors.


Over the years, each metal color has had its time in the spotlight. Victorian era favored yellow and rose gold mixes, while Edwardian and Art Deco favored white gold and platinum.  I recommend trying all the colors on to find the color or colors you like best! Who says you have to wear only one??


I would love to help you find the perfect metal color! Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge brings back the joy and confidence of jewelry shopping, so that you can celebrate with ease! My by-appointment approach means:

  • One-on-one appointments (personal attention and no crowds!)

  • Discretion and privacy (surprises remain surprises!)

  • Expert help from a Graduate Gemologist with 26 years of experience (yep, that’s me!)

Learn more about me and my process: www.AngelaCisneros.com 

Book your FREE appointment with me today! www.AngelaCisneros.com/book-appointment 

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