Plating is the technique of covering a piece of jewellery made from one metal or alloy with a layer of another metal. In the world of jewellery, gold and rhodium are two popular metals used for plating.
Highly reflective and corrosion resistant, rhodium gives jewellery a bright white appearance. Rhodium plating is typically applied to white gold jewellery, but it can be used on silver and other metals too. Gold plating can be applied to most metals, including brass, silver, and copper.
Rhodium plated jewellery has increased shine, luster and durability. If you have allergies to nickel, rhodium plating your rings could be of benefit as it provides a hypoallergenic, nickel-fee coating.
Gold plating is applied when an older layer of plating is wearing thin. It can also be used to change the colour of an existing gold piece. For example, we can plate a 10K yellow gold ring with 18K gold to give it a warmer appearance.
Plating will eventually wear off due to the wear and tear of daily living, especially on rings. Typically plating needs to be reapplied every one to three years, depending on how often you wear your ring and what your main living activities are. If your ring seems a bit dull-looking or if you notice it has a yellowish tone, it’s time to refresh the plating.
Plating at Juvelisto
Plating is one of the many jewellery repair and restoration services offered at Juvelisto. Drop by our studio and we will be happy to refresh your plating. We will also inspect your ring to see if any gemstone settings require tightening or if there’s any other damage that needs to be addressed.