Metal plating

Not sure what metal plating is? Here you can explore the common jewellery practice of depositing a thin layer of one type of metal onto the surface of another.

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It adds visual appeal

Metal plating is usually applied to jewellery to add visual appeal as well as added protection and durability.

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What about electroplating?

Some forms of electroplating (scroll down to read about electroplating) are both protective and decorative. Metals, such as gold and silver, are plated to create attractive finishes as well as for affordability and durability.

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Plated alloys

Alloys can also be plated in a process where the electrolyte contains salts of all the metals that need to be present in the alloy.

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Pandora’s three types of plating

Pandora currently offers three types of plated jewellery: rhodium-plated sterling silver, 14k rose gold-plated and 14k gold-plated unique metal blends. 

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Hallmarks tell you what's inside

A plated jewellery item’s hallmark will always indicate what its metal core is made of.

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What is electroplating?

The electroplating process involves passing an electric current through a conductive solution called an electrolyte. The metal atoms that plate an object come from the electrolyte, so if you want to gold-plate a jewellery piece, the electrolyte must be made from a solution of a gold salt. Two terminals called electrodes are then dipped into the electrolyte and connected to a circuit with a power supply. When electricity flows through the circuit, the electrolyte splits and some of the metal atoms it contains are deposited in a thin layer on top of one of the electrodes to become electroplated. The longer the process continues, the greater the thickness of the coating.

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