What is Gold Plated Jewelry? And is it a good idea? Part 1
Modern gold plating has been around for quite some time now and is very popular. With the deposition of one metal (gold) on another, you can create the same look (at a much lower price) easily. How cool, right? This particular method is usually done on jewelry in the form of gold plated jewelry.
What is gold plating?
Gold plating is a technique in which a thin layer of pure gold is deposited onto the surface of another metal to create a ‘gold-like’ look. Thus it helps mimic the more expensive jewelry pieces at a rather lower price.
Is gold plating of real gold?
Yes! The gold plating makes use of pure, real gold itself. However, the amount of gold used is different from pure solid gold. It’s just a small amount. But the purity level of gold in gold plating and solid gold does not vary.
Most gold plating is done using 24k gold. This ensures that you’re able to achieve that lustrous gold shine on your jewelry.
What is the process of gold plating?
Gold plating is done in 3 steps:
- Cleaning the base metal and removing all the pollutants and dirt from the surface. This will help to achieve the best results because the cleaner, the better.
- Plating a thin layer of nickel on the base metal. This helps keep the gold layer on top safe from the metal underneath which could potentially destroy it.
- Dipping the metal into liquid gold and plating the gold onto the metal surface using the positive charges.
How much gold should be plated for a gold plated look?
Ideally, gold plating of 0.5-1.0 micron thickness is preferred but a simple gold plated look can also be achieved by plating gold of a minimum 0.17 microns thickness.
However, this can vary depending upon the jewelry type and also on how long you want it to last. Thus, if you want your jewelry to have a long-lasting gold plated look, heavy gold plating of 2.5 microns is the best.
Which metals can be gold plated?
Metals like Silver and Copper are most commonly gold plated. But other than that, brass, nickel, stainless steel, etc can also be used.
What is better? Gold plating at home or the custom gold plating service?
While at home-gold plating sounds fun, it may not give you the most flawless results. Thus, It’s always better to get a proper gold plating service done by experts. But that’s your choice, if you want to save money or have lots of jewelry that has to be gold plated, you can always try those gold plating kits.