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JK Findings Plating
Our plating department is equipped with a skilled team of technicians and the most advanced technology available for precise plating jobs.
What is Gold Plating? Gold plating is a process where a thin layer of gold is bonded onto a base metal or used as a plating over karat gold, 925 silver or gold filled materials.
Gold plating can range in thickness between .17 to 2.5 microns. Plating with a thickness of around .17 microns is referred to as gold wash or flash. This is a very thin layer and is only recommended for jewelry pieces that are not subjected to heavy wear and tear.
The ideal thickness for gold plating is around .5 to 1.0 microns. While this might sound like a thin layer, it is sufficient even for jewelry pieces that are exposed to rough wear, like rings and bracelets. Plating with a thickness of 2.5-microns is often referred to as heavy gold plated.
What are the benefits to jewelry plating? Plating can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your jewelry and findings by giving them a shiny, uniform look and color while also improving wearability (reduce abrasive wear, improve wear resistance). When you use our plating services, you can ensure that all of your items meet your quality control standards and that each piece is consistent and free of variation. Additionally, plated findings can be better to work with because plating can improve solderability, reduce friction, and inhibit corrosion.
What plating services does JK Findings offer? Electroplating uses a special liquid solution and an immersed electrode to bond the plating to the metal material. Electroplating occurs when an electric current is used to coat the surface of a metal material when immersed in an aqueous metallic salt.
Gold plating comes in varying levels of quality, largely dependent upon the thickness and purity of the gold coating, the base metal used for the piece and the quality of craftsmanship. We have in-house plating capabilities for karat gold, 925 silver, and 1/20 14K gold filled items.
- We use our Regular plating on the majority of our items and offer Hamilton plating on select items based on customer preference.
- We also offer Rhodium and Anti-Tarnish plating services.
Below is a comparison of our Regular Plating versus Hamilton Plating on chain samples.