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 plating off and leaving it splotchy looking. Melia was not happy.
I got the call, “can you re-plate my rose gold plated pendant?”
Me: “Most likely. It is problematic however.”
Melia: “How come?”
Me: “To create the plating solution with rose gold, a lot of copper is used, just like in the creation of rose gold itself. And copper has problems.”
Melia: “Like darkening?”
Melia: “You should see it after I cleaned and polished it with copper cleaner.”
Me: “Pretty bad?”
Melia: “Superbad. So if I have you plate it can you do it super deep so it’ll last longer and not turn dark?”
Me: “Not really. I mean I can plate your pendant, but rose plating wears off faster than yellow gold plating or rhodium white plating. And if rose plating is exposed to certain chemicals it can darken. Usually just in a spot here or there, making it look especially bad.”
Melia: “Wow you’re really sellin’ it.”
Me: “It’s my superpower.”
Melia: “I just want something to wear everyday that is rose gold. What would make it look nice?”
Me: “Some people who make costume jewelry and plate it, also put on what they call an e-coat, which supposedly creates a barrier protecting the plating longer. I don’t offer that service.”
Melia: “So my friend Anita has a rose colored Michael Kors watch she’s had for a while and it’s gotten dark on the back. It does not look good. Do you think it is e-coated?”
Me: “Good chance of it.”
Melia: “How about you plate my pendant in rose gold and we’ll just see how long the plating lasts?”
Me: “I can do that!”
One Year Later
We ended up plating her pendant with white rhodium because as we feared, her rose colored gold plating had gone from great looking to OK looking. She loves how much better the rhodium white is wearing.
Melia had me design a rose gold ring in 14kt karat. She finds it much better behaved and nicely rose-y looking.
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