Does Rose Gold Scratch Easily?

Rose gold is an alloy comprising copper and gold. Occasionally, it is also made up of silver. Among the factors considered when purchasing a ring is whether it is scratch-resistant. Today, we're looking at whether rose gold scratches easily, what other characteristics it has and how you should care for it. 

Does Rose Gold Scratch Easily?

No, rose gold does not scratch easily. In fact, one of the reasons rose gold is so popular is that it is very resistant to scratching. Rose gold is so durable due to the durability of copper. While yellow gold is often made with copper,  rose gold is usually made with more copper than is used to make yellow gold.  

Will You Ever Need To Replate Rose Gold? 

Another reason rose gold is so popular is that it never needs to be replated. While white gold is more resistant to scratching than rose gold, it needs to be replated every 1.5 years with rhodium to maintain its appearance. 

Does Rose Gold Tarnish?

No, rose gold does not tarnish. That said, your rose gold may take on a more vintage appearance over the course of several years. This is due to the copper present in the rose gold oxidizing. Nevertheless, it will be years before your ring starts to redden slightly. 

How Should I Care For My Rose Gold?

You should keep your rose gold looking radiant by polishing it with a soft cloth every other week and taking it in for a professional cleaning twice annually. 

The Bottom Line With Rose Gold

If you're looking for durable jewelry that doesn't require a lot of maintenance, rose gold is a safe bet. It is more resistant to scratching than yellow gold, but it is not as scratch-resistant as white gold. That said, unlike white gold, rose gold will never need to be replated, and its color will remain constant for several years before the copper oxidizes noticeably. Browse our wide selection of rose gold jewelry at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers to find the perfect piece to complement your look.