Rose gold plating
Rose gold plating is a great way to add colour and opulence to a piece of jewellery. This year the 'must-have' colour is rose gold which is gold alloy mixed with a hint of copper to give a beautifully warm rosy hue. It stands out perfectly against the brightness of silver, whereas yellow gold with silver contrast can look cold or even worse not show the definition of the design. Rose gold also looks fabulous against most skin tones.
Plating or 'electroplating' covers the surface of jewellery with a microscopic layer of metal using a chemical process and electricity. Stones are not affected as it's a metal against metal reaction, so wedding rings containing diamonds can be plated easily and fairly cheaply without the expense of removing the stones.
The depth of the plating depends on the item, the cost and also anticipated wear and tear. The thicker the plating the longer lasting the finish will be. Most of our rose gold jewellery has been plated between 1 micron to 3 microns deep. The thicker plating is used for items such as rings which get the most wear and tear, whereas drop earrings will get the least wear.
To keep your plated jewellery looking its best, keep it in a soft cloth bag when in storage and if necessary give it a gentle wash with warm, soapy water (washing up liquid) and rinse thoroughly. Dry carefully in a warm room away from direct heat. Buff and polish any silver sections using a silver cloth as necessary. Lightly polish the plated sections if needed but be gentle. Avoid snagging any tiny stones with the cloth.
Enjoy wearing your jewellery and if re-plating is needed, contact your local jeweller for advice or cost.