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Red gold alloy


I need to make a ring for a client which has a platinum center and a
RED gold part which will be cast around it. I have alloyed PINK gold
before, but I’m hoping that one of my fine Orchid friends can share
a formula for something of more intense red color. I believe that
simply adding more copper will create an alloy which is too brittle
for daily wear. Thanks in advance. David Barzilay, Lord of the Rings.


Hi David;

I’ve used Stuller’s red gold alloy, and believe me, it’s plenty red,
and I didn’t notice it was perticularly brittle. Problem is, it’s
very difficult to melt and cast. This would probably not be the case
if you could use a casting facility that has a neutral gas atmosphere
to melt the metal in. I’d see if Daniel Grandi can help you with this
unless you’ve got the equipment.

David L. Huffman



If you are looking for an 18k alloy, then adding 25% Cu will give
you an orangy-red, but it is very brittle. Will a 14k alloy be
acceptable? How important is the karat anyway? If you go as low as
50%Au and 50% Cu, the alloy is fairly workable and very red.

Most of the copper alloys age harden quickly, so they need to be
quenched and not allowed to air cool. They can also be somewhat
temperamental when you solder them, as they really like to oxidize.

If you haven’t already purchased a copy, " The Theory and Practice
of Goldsmithing" devotes an entire chapter to the devilish details
of working with alloys of all types. This book should be in
everyone’s library.

Red in my shop is a relative term, like “expensive.” I have an alloy
that is 14k that I use, since it is noticeably red and easy to work
with. It is 58.5% Au, 40% Cu and 1.5% Ag. I can cast it without too
many problems. Getting a solder that will not show a seam is not so
easy, so I laser mine :wink: Looks great with platinum.

Can you cast it in place over the finished platinum? Could make life
a lot easier…

Doug Zaruba


I made a 14K rose gold with 58.5% gold, 36.5% copper and 5% silver. It gave the desired colour but it was brittle, it wouldn’t show cracks right away, I would roll it and anneal a few times before cracks would appear. Maybe my copper was impure…

I found a copper wire from riogrande that is 99.9% pure with 0.04% oxygen. I hope this will work better next time…