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Can You Replate A Piece Of Jewellery?

5th of July 2021 | Time To Read: min.

How To Replate Your Jewellery

You’re twisting your favourite ring around your finger, and you notice a gleam out of the corner of your eye. The gleam of the metal that’s not the same colour as the rest of your ring. Wearing out plated jewellery has become a common issue among jewellery lovers, but fortunately it’s not a difficult problem to fix.

Let’s say you love jewellery. You absolutely adore to see them on you. You really love to buy for someone else, or essentially you want to have as much as you can. In this case, the cost has come to be important for you. If you wouldn’t want to give up this beauty of plated jewellery, the plating will be your significant lifesaver.

Plated jewellery and rings are more affordable as compared to solid ones. You will have jewellery however cheaper. It is a great offer. As gold-plated jewellery and articles are more economical in price, the plating technique may be preferred. The aim of gold plating is to take advantage of its cheap cost by giving the look and feel of gold to the objects. Thus, the flamboyant as well as precious meaning of gold shows itself in the coated article.

What Is Plated Jewellery?

Plated jewellery is jewellery made from a cheaper base metal that’s coated with a layer of precious metal or – alternatively - alloy. It is much more affordable for most people to buy plated jewellery instead of solid pieces, so a lot of jewellery on the market will have some kind of plating in order to achieve a required look such as rose gold.

When the plating finally wears off, the base metal becomes visible. In order to fix it, jewellers will make use of a process known as electroplating to restore your item to its original color.

What Is The Jewellery Plating Process?

The plating is the method by which a piece of jewellery - which is made of a particular metal or alloy - is covered with another layer of metal. Plated jewellery pieces are more affordable as well as cost-effective as compared to other types of jewellery, the ones which are completely solid. For instance, gold-plated jewellery, for sure, will be cheaper as opposed to the ones which are completely made of gold. So, if you want own jewellery as much as you can however in a cost-effective way, if the money is a challenge, so why shouldn’t you give a chance to plated jewellery?

On What Can Gold Plating Be Done?

Gold plating can be carried out on a number of different items, including costume jewellery, watches as well as sculptures. We would strip off any old gold plating, polish in addition to cleaning your items.

Next, we would remove any dents or scratches wherever possible in order to give you the best results. Ultimately, we would put on a number of different layers of gold plating, with a curing time in between.

The cost begins at around £96 for small items such as rings as well as items like earrings, large pendants and bracelets are often between £114- £172, depending on the intricacy as well as the condition of the piece.

What Can Be Gold Plated?

Gold plating is appropriate for jewellery which will not get heavy wear or rubbing on other items. Rings and bracelets get more wear as opposed to pendants, earrings and brooches. The plating will wear off more quickly, exposing the metal below. We recommend that you consider remaking the item in yellow gold, particularly for the rings.

Gold plating on jewellery gives you the opportunity to have an item with the beautiful look of gold without not having the entire item made of solid gold. With gold being so valuable, having a piece of jewellery made of solid gold is not an option for a number of people. The incredible thing about gold plating is you can convey all the qualities of gold into a piece without the massive cost.

Gold does not tarnish, rust and corrode. In addition, it is hypoallergenic. Owing to these great qualities, many individuals choose to coat items which otherwise may become problematic if exposed to conditions which may damage the item or cause an allergic reaction.

In the case of costume jewellery or jewellery that is made of brass, bronze, silver, copper and nickel gold plating will keep the piece from turning your finger green and - most importantly - keeps the piece from quickly damaging from corrosion. Brass, for example, will quickly corrode when it comes into contact with our sweat. Our sweat contains salt, (sodium chloride), which is able to quickly tarnish brass within days after touching it. If it is gold plated properly, this issue is totally eliminated.

On What Can Silver Plating Be Done?

Silver plating is frequently done on antique in addition to vintage tea sets and tableware. We can remove most dents and silver plate most item sizes. Each item is fully polished and refurbished in order to remove the existing plating in addition to as many dents and scratches as possible. Then it is put in an enclosed "bath" several times. These pieces are often larger and thus require a large amount of polishing and a large bath. Prices are by quote, but for instance, replating a silver platter starts at around £143.

What Makes Silver The Noblest Precious Metal Plated?

Silver electroplating has been around for years. Its makes use of date back to the beginning of money and metal smithing. In modern times, silver was collected first as a status symbol of wealth - and more importantly - functional industrial usage.

Silver has the most applications as compared with any other plated metal. Utilised in conjunction with most every common industry, silver makes itself almost indispensable. In other words, it’s almost impossible to put other metals in its place.

Another very important note is that it’s the least expensive precious metal. As compared to gold as well as palladium, it’s 1/60th and 1/25th the going market price at the moment, which makes the silver-plating cost comparatively low.

The Important Properties Of Silver

Silver’s major important properties at a glance are that it has the highest electrical as well as thermal conductivity and light reflectance of any known metal known to man. In addition, silver also has the lowest weight and melting point of all precious metals group.

Other features of silver include the following:

Silver-plated metal options can also include silver-plated gold, silver plating on copper and several others.

Just like clothing, bodies as well as hair, jewellery needs regular washing in order to maintain its sparkle as well as lustre. With all the skin oils, moisturisers in addition to make-up, dirt builds up quite easily and may affect the metal with time so creating dullness or tarnishing.

However, in order to alleviate this, just take off your pieces and give them a rinse with some liquid hand-soap and warm water in order to de-grease them. Make sure that they are dry and then place them in a safe place.

Don’t store them in the bottom of your handbag! If you have an elaborate piece with gemstones, utilising an old toothbrush, you will be able to coax the dirt out by quietly circling with the bristles. This is very good for earrings as well as rings where there are claws.

So long as you make use of non-abrasive hand-soap - that you would consider gentle enough for your hands - this method should not harm any of your stones or metal. Every now and then, you will be able to dip your (de-greased) piece of jewellery into a good liquid jewellery cleaner. If you are able to clean your jewellery well before hand, you won't pollute the liquid so keeping it efficient for longer, and your jewels will sparkle quite brightly.

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For further information and interviews please contact:

Michael Jakobsen

Tel: +44 075 3953 7868 michael@rpair.co.uk