Unlike pure jewelry, which are entirely composed of noble metals, the semiprecious jewelry have layers of them, so we say that they are plated. Moreover, it is on these layers – the plates – that we are going to talk about today.
Plate is the process in which a piece receives a metal or varnish coating, and it may have the purpose of altering the color of a piece, bringing to it more beauty and brightness, or avoiding oxidation. This plate is made so that it does not alter any texture or detail of the piece.
There are various types of plate and immersion times, due to the surface and thickness in the piece. For this reason, there are several prices of semiprecious jewelry between one store and another, because this added value depends on how much metal there is on it.
How is this procedure done?
We will explain in an uncomplicated way how the procedure is done for the most famous plates: silver, gold and rhodium.
The plate consists of immersing the semiprecious jewelry in an electrolytic solution with the presence of the desired metal. This tank, where the plate takes place, has a regulation of voltages that must be according to the type of piece and metal that will receive the plate. To ensure success at the end of this process it is necessary to keep in mind that long immersion time does not mean the best possible result and that the products and machinery are in good condition.
Now that you already know a little about the semiprecious jewelry plates and what happens to them until they reach your hands, be sure to check what happens before they go to the plate, click here and check the differences in stones lapidating.