Rhodium, Silver & Gold PlatingElectroplating your treasures to restore their original beauty
There are two types of plating processes. One is plating over items that are not made out of gold or silver (discussed first). The other plating is rhodium plating, also called "dipping," and is done over white gold, yellow gold and silver jewelry (discussed second).
Plating over costume jewelry (items that are not gold or silver)
Gold plating can be done on most items, including gold plated and costume jewelry, watches and sculptures. We strip off the old gold plate, polish and clean your items before plating. We remove any dents or scratches where ever possible, to give you the best results. Then we put on several layers of gold plating, with a curing time in between. This service can take up to three weeks. The cost begins at $100 for small items like rings and small pendants. Items like earrings, large pendants and bracelets are usually between $125 - $225, depending upon the intricacy and condition of the piece.
Gold plating is suitable for jewelry that will be worn occasionally. This is especially true for rings and bracelets as they receive more ‘wear’ than pendants, earrings and brooches. Frequent wear diminishes the gold plating, exposing the metal below.
Silver plating is often done on antique and vintage tea sets and tableware. Fox Fine Jewelry can remove most dents and silver plate most item sizes. Each item is fully polished and refurbished to remove dents, scratches and the existing plating. Then it is placed in an enclosed "bath" several times. These pieces are usually larger and therefore require a large amount of polishing and a large bath. Prices are by quote, but for example, replating a silver platter starts at $200.
Rhodium plating or "dipping"
Rhodium plating is a plating that is put on virtually all white gold jewelry. Rhodium wears off with time, especially on the back side of rings and on the tops of the prongs. If your jewelry is no longer bright white, bring it to Fox Fine Jewelry. We’ll rhodium plate it and have it sparkling white again! More on rhodium plating
Gold and silver plating services:
We replate just about anything that can be plated! Exceptions include items that are very large (over about a foot in length). We also can not plate an item that is part nonmetal. For example we can not plate a purse buckle if it can't be removed from the purse.
- costume, vintage and antique jewelry
- watch bands and watches (we will remove and replace the movement)
- tea sets and tableware
- items with stones (removal and resetting may be necessary)
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