Rose Gold vs. Gold – Which One Is Better?

Rose Gold vs GoldA gold engagement ring is still among the most popular choices when it comes to picking a ring setting.

You can choose between many different types of gold colors, including yellow, white and rose gold. For those of you looking for a silver, platinum or white metal looking ring your best choice might be a white gold ring, which resembles these metals.

However, if you are looking for a typical gold look you might be wondering whether to get a rose gold or a yellow gold ring. In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of rose and yellow gold, how they differ in several other aspects, including durability, price, and appearance, and which skin tone each color matches best with.


Rose Gold Vs Gold – How They Differ

While gold is a very precious metal it’s not a very durable or strong metal on its one and, therefore literally too soft for most pieces of gold jewelry.

That’s why a regular gold ring isn’t made 100% of pure gold. Most commonly you will find that gold is an alloy, meaning it’s mixed with other metals to make it more durable.

By choosing different metals to mix with pure gold, the jeweler can influence the strength and color of the gold ring.


Yellow Gold Alloy Vs Rose Gold Alloy

Yellow gold is commonly alloyed with copper, zinc or silver. The amount of gold can differ in each ring and influence the outcome of color and durability.

10k, 14k and 18k gold refer to the percentage of pure gold contained in a ring, with 10k containing only 41.6% of pure gold, 14k 58% and 18k containing 75% of gold. The higher the percentage of pure gold the more “golden” the color.

10k is considered a relatively cheap alloy and in some countries isn’t even referred to as gold. That’s why some vendors do not offer 10k gold rings.

The most popular choice for an engagement ring is usually a 14k gold ring as it is cheaper than an 18k gold ring, yet more durable and similar in appearance.

Rose gold (also called red goldpink gold and sometimes Russian gold) is a gold alloy composed of pure gold and copper. Some rose gold alloys also contain silver.  A common ratio is 75% gold, 22.5% copper and a small proportion of silver to complete the alloy.


Which Gold Tone Matches Which Skin Tone?

While rose gold is one of the most sought-after gold tones in recent years, it only matches a certain skin tone.

Fair Skin with Red Undertones

Rose gold will accentuate the pink undertone in your skin, hence it is not a good choice. Yellow gold is possible but not the best option. For a light skin tone, we recommend white gold, especially if you also have blonde hair.

Fair Skin with Pale Undertone

While you can wear rose and yellow gold, white gold will always look best on your skin tone.

Lightly Tanned, Olive or Mediterranean Skin

Both, yellow and rose gold will look stunning on this type of skin tone. The same applies to white gold. Basically, you can wear what you want.

Arabic, Fair African, and Dark African Skin

Rose gold and yellow gold will also look absolutely beautiful on your skin tone. You could also wear white gold or silver, however especially when it’s small it might not be as visible as a gold tone.

South-East Asian Skin

You can wear both rose and gold color, with yellow gold being one of the most popular choices for this skin tone.

Yellow Gold Rose Gold Skin Tone


Price – Which One Is Cheaper?

The price is largely determined by the percentage of pure gold contained in your ring. For instance, an 18k rose gold or yellow gold ring will be more expensive than a 14k gold ring, no matter if yellow or rose.

A rose gold ring setting can sometimes be cheaper due to the copper, which is relatively cheap. However, the price is also influenced by the style and size.



Rose gold rings are in general more durable compared to white and yellow gold rings, thanks to the copper content.



As a rule of thumb, the higher the gold content in a ring the less likely are allergic reactions. When comparing rose and yellow gold, as well as white gold then yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic of all three.

Some people might have an allergic reaction to rose gold, unfortunately, as copper is not a hypoallergenic metal.


Here’s a Summary of the Pros And Cons

The pros of rose gold:

  • A popular choice amongst celebrities and considered romantic due to its reddish/pinkish color.
  • Compared to yellow gold a rose gold ring setting can be slightly cheaper due to the low copper price.
  • Rose gold is more durable compared to yellow gold thanks to the copper. Matches beautifully with olive, Mediterranean and darker skin tones.

The cons of rose gold:

  • It can cause allergic reactions in some and is not a hypoallergenic metal. It is not as widely available as yellow and white gold. Might not be a good fit for pale skin with red undertone

The pros of yellow gold:

  • The most hypoallergenic of all the three gold colors.
  • The most popular gold choice for engagement rings and wedding rings of all times.
  • The most malleable and easiest for jewelers to manipulate.
  • Matches almost all skin tones.
  • A good fit for diamonds with lower color grades, as the yellow gold ring setting picks up the color of the diamond.

The cons of yellow gold:

  • It should be polished and cleaned regularly. It is subject to dents and scratches.