Everything You Need To Know About 18k Gold Plated Jewellery
What is Gold Plating?
Gold is one of the most used materials in jewellery making due to its unique qualities that make it a precious commodity. While solid gold jewellery can be quite expensive, gold plating has become a popular option that offers the same aesthetic appeal but at a more affordable price point. There are various types of gold plating techniques, but the modern way is electroplating. In this blog post, we will be diving deeper into the process of 18k gold plating, its benefits.
How is it formed?
18k gold electroplating involves the use of a solution that contains gold molecules suspended within. The solution is then applied to the base material, which typically consists of a metallic substrate such as brass or copper. When the gold solution is applied and heated, it adheres to the base material, creating a thin layer of gold plating that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.
The thickness of the plating is determined by the duration of time the item is placed within the solution. The term micron refers to the thickness of the gold layer applied during the plating process. Typically, one micron is applied every eight minutes.
Here at Burren Jewellery, we take immense pride in our commitment to excellence, which is beautifully exemplified within our plating quality. We feature an impressive 3 micron thickness in our exquisite necklace, earrings and bracelets, well above industry standard. When it comes to our rings, we elevate the standard even further, with an exceptional 5 micron thickness. This extra layer of resilience and beauty not only enhances their longevity but also captures the essence of enduring love and commitment.
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Advantages of 3 Micron Plating
Compared to other thickness, 18k gold 3 micron plating is also relatively easy to maintain. Since the layer of gold is thick and durable, it can withstand gentle polishing and cleaning without wearing away and is also suitable for engraving. However, it's important to note that harsh chemicals or abrasives can still damage the plating, so care should be taken when cleaning your jewellery. Additionally, exposure to water or prolonged periods of moisture can also cause the plating to deteriorate over time, so it's important to remove your jewellery before swimming or showering.
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Opting for 18k gold plated jewellery featuring a 3 micron thickness from a trusted brand like Burren Jewellery presents you with an ideal fusion of sophistication, resilience, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness. These pieces don't just enhance your beauty with their timeless allure; they also embody a narrative of enduring quality and style.