Q+A : What is 10k Rose Gold Jewelry?

It's the blush-colored cousin of traditional yellow gold but with a softer, more romantic hue that captures the eye. But what exactly is 10k rose gold jewelry? And why is it a more affordable option than 14k or 18k rose gold? Let's take a closer look.

Q: What is 10k Rose Gold?

10k rose gold is a gold alloy made of 10 parts pure gold (naturally yellow) and 14 parts other metals. Expressed as a percentage, 10k rose gold contains 41.7% pure gold mixed with 58.3% other metals (usually copper or sterling silver), which gives it that distinctive rose color. The rose gold color results from the copper content(which adds a deep reddish hue) and sterling silver (which adds a whiter sheen to the metal). The more copper added to the mixture in proportion to white metals, the redder the final color; the more silver added to the gold alloy, the whiter the rose gold becomes.

In comparison, 14k rose gold contains 14 parts pure gold content and 10 parts other metals, while 18k rose gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals.

Q: Is 10K Rose Gold Durable??

Oh, yes! 10K rose gold is not only beautiful and eye-catching but also incredibly durable. It may be the perfect option for jewelry that sees a lot of everyday wear, as 10k is a hard, scratch-resistant metal. Whether it's an engagement ring, a necklace to wear every day, or earrings that you never want to take off — 10K rose gold can handle it! In fact, the hard copper content in it helps to make it more scratch resistant than 14k and 18k rose gold.

Q: What are the Benefits of 10k Rose Gold?

1) 10k Rose Gold is More Durable

One of the primary benefits of 10k rose gold is that it is more durable than other types of higher-karat gold. Pure gold (24k) is a soft metal that can dent and scratch easily. However, the harder-added metals (such as copper) make pure gold more durable and less likely to scratch. Thus, 10k rose gold (which contains the most copper) is more than 14k or 18k gold.

2) 10k Rose Gold is More Affordable

Another benefit of 10k rose gold is that it is a super affordable metal. There is a significant price difference between 10k and higher karat weights because 10k gold contains less pure gold than 14k or 18k rose gold. With its 41.7% gold purity, it's the most impure gold available on the market that can still legally be called "gold."

3) 10k Rose Gold Has a Unique Color

One of the unique aspects of 10k rose gold is its rose color. Unlike traditional yellow gold, 10k rose gold has a pinkish hue created by adding copper to the metal. This gives the metal a distinctive, romantic look that is perfect for gifting a significant other.


Q: What are the Disadvantages of 10k Rose Gold?

1) One disadvantage of 10K rose gold is that it tarnishes more easily than 14K or 18K rose gold because it contains a higher percentage of alloy metals and less pure gold. 14k and 18k rose gold are more tarnish-resistant because they contain much more pure gold, which never tarnishes, corrodes, or rusts.

2) 10k is not as rich in color as 14k, or 18K rose gold. There is a noticeable difference, as 10k is often described as "dull" or "lifeless" in comparison.

3) Lastly, 10K rose gold jewelry may not have as good of a resale value as other higher-quality fine jewelry because its lower purity makes it less valuable and desirable to buyers.

Q: Is 10k Rose Gold Hypoallergenic?

Well, that depends on your definition of hypoallergenic. 10k rose gold is less likely to cause an adverse reaction in people with metal allergies compared to some other gold alloys, but it's not guaranteed! Although less common than a nickel allergy, some people are allergic to copper — and 10k rose gold consists of 10 parts pure gold and 14 other metals (copper and sterling silver). So if you suffer from skin sensitivity, it's best to do a patch test before you buy rose gold jewelry.

Q: How to Clean 10k Rose Gold:

Cleaning your 10k rose gold jewelry doesn't have to be a daunting task. With just a few simple steps and some basic supplies, you can ensure your beloved rose gold pieces will stay sparkling forever.
First, you'll need to gather all the necessary supplies: some warm water, mild soap, a soft cotton cloth, and a jewelry polishing cloth.

Now it's time to get cleaning! Start by using lukewarm water and mild soap to create a gentle sudsy solution. Next, dip your 10k gold in the soapy water and use a soft cotton cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub away any dirt or grime. Then, rinse off any soap residue with clean water and pat dry.

If you still notice gold tarnish or discoloration stains on your rose gold, try to use a jewelry polishing cloth to remove any remaining dirt. This type of cloth is specifically designed for cleaning gold and will work wonders on your 10k pieces.

Q: How to Care for 10-Karat Rose Gold :

1. Don't Expose it to Harsh Chemicals

Don' expose your rose gold to chemicals like chlorine in pools and cleaning products like bleach. Chemicals can damage the finish of your rose gold, causing it to fade.

2. Avoid Getting it Wet

Water can also damage the finish on your rose gold, so it's best to avoid getting your pieces wet if possible. If you do get them wet, dry them off as soon as possible with a soft, clean cloth.

3. Don't Wear it While Working Out

The acidic properties of sweat can damage the finish on your 10k gold, so it's best to take it off before hitting the gym.

4. Keep it Away from Heat

Heat can damage your jewelry's finish, so avoid wearing your rose gold in saunas or steam rooms, and take care not to leave it in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. UV light is known to dull gold.

5. Store it Properly

When you're not wearing your 10-karat rose gold , store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. An airtight container is ideal.

6. Clean it Regularly

Use a soft cloth to wipe down your jewelry regularly, and use a mild soap and water solution for a deeper clean. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as these can damage your jewelry's finish.

7. Take it off Before Bed

Sleeping in your jewelry can damage the finish, so take it off before hitting the hay. Tossing and turning in the middle of the night can lead to scratches if your pieces fall upon a hard surface or, worse, cause them to break.

Plus, rose gold jewelry is more prone to corrosion and tarnishing than yellow gold due to its higher copper content, so sleeping in it (especially if you sweat a lot) could cause some serious damage to your pieces.

8. Don't Wear it in the Shower

There are several reasons why you should not wear rose gold jewelry in the shower:

1. 10-karat rose gold is made up of various metals, including copper, which can corrode when exposed to water and steam.

2. The high temperatures found in showers can weaken your jewelry over time, causing it to lose its shine and strength.

3. The combination of soaps or shampoos with jewelry could create an unfavorable chemical reaction that could harm your skin or cause a rash.

4. Showering with 10-karat rose gold causes soap residue to build up on its surface, resulting in dull and unattractive pieces.

5. Last but not least, if you do take on the risk of wearing your jewelry in the shower, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning afterward, otherwise, you might end up with unexpected discoloration.

Wrapping Up

10k rose gold jewelry is an affordable choice for those looking to add a little rosiness to their wardrobe. Rose gold alloy is made of 10 parts pure gold and 14 parts other metals, making it more durable than a higher karat number like 14k or 18k rose gold. However, because 10K gold contains less pure gold and more metals, it is also more susceptible to tarnishing, so be sure to take extra care when storing and cleaning your 10k. With the proper care and maintenance, your jewelry pieces can remain a beautiful addition to your wardrobe for years to come.