Plating

Rose gold diamond ring with black oxidation

Using Oxidation, Black Rhodium and Black Enamel for Black Jewelry

  How Would you Like to Add Intrigue and Depth to a Piece of Your Jewelry? If you’d like a little walk on the wild side with your jewelry, you might like to think about adding the Kiss of Night, (a touch of black), to your precious treasures. Great Jewelers are always experimenting with new…

Engagement Ring with three main diamonds and black rhodium

Black Rhodium Plating, Adding that "Pop" to your Jewelry!

    Rhodium is a very rare, naturally occurring member of the platinum group of metals – making it a very deluxe metal! Rhodium is actually one of the most expensive of the precious metals.  The price of rhodium can fluctuate, but generally an ounce of rhodium can go for roughly $2,500 dollars! It’s extremely…

PVD plated gold watch band

Gold Electroplating vs PVD Coating

  What’s the Difference Between Electroplating and PVD Coating? Walter came to me a year ago to gold-plate a silver chain he had. After a year of daily wear, the plating was coming off in places. He came and showed me his watch. He was pretty ticked off. He said, “I’ve worn my watch everyday…

Recently Plated Rose Gold Chains

Why is Rose Gold Plating Funky? Could it be the Copper?

  Melia’s spotty rose gold plating started this conversation. Melia bought a discolored rose gold plated pendant at a sale. She figured she’d just polish it up. She tried various silver and copper polishes and only succeeded in pulling most of the rose plating off and leaving it splotchy looking. Melia was not happy. I…

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Black Gold — Fact vs. Fiction

  Clients frequently ask me if I can design jewelry for them made in black gold. When I try to explain that black gold jewelry just isn’t a thing, they often send me advertisements from websites that offer it. When a jewelry company advertises “black gold,” this should raise a red flag.

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How to Care for Your Gold Plated Jewelry

Gold Plated Jewelry, a Fine Layer of Beautiful Platinum, silver, and both 14k and 18k gold are not indestructible. Plated jewelry finishes are even more fragile. In my thirty two years as a Santa Barbara Jeweler I’ve found that all jewelry is vulnerable to the hard knocks of the physical universe. Rings scratch, bracelets dent,…

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