Silver Plating is an extra 100% fine Silver layer that we apply on top of the solid silver base in order to give it longterm shininess and an extra protection against scratches and daily usage. This layer, unless stated otherwise, is 1 Micron thick, but in certain case we might apply a thicker layer that goes up to 2 Microns. Normally a layer of E-coat on top of the silver plating is applied which protects the jewellery from tarnishing.
Rhodium is a silver-white hard metal often found in platinum ores. In its natural solid state Rhodium is far too hard to be worked on, but it is used as an alloy in the smelting of platinum and palladium. Rhodium is a noble metal that imparts an extremely bright and hard-wearing finish when applied as plating and gives a durable finish of exceptional brightness. Rhodium finishes can greatly enhance the appearance and longevity of any metal to which they are applied.
Oxidation is a chemical process which gives a “tarnished” or “discolored” effect to your jewellery. Oxidized jewellery adds a vintage feel to jewellery. For esthetical matters and after making certain items, the jewellery is oxidised in order to blacken the hollow parts and the holes to give them an ancient optical aspect. Oxidation is a finishing not a plating.
E-coating, also known as electro-coating or electro deposition, is a method that uses electrical current to coat a metal surface with an organic lacquer, covering every nook and cranny on the jewellery with an even and consistent protective coat. This coat protects the sterling silver used to create the jewellery and lets the natural beauty of the sterling silver come through without fear of damage. Basically it is an ultra fine transparent layer of plastic that protects the Silver and it’s plating, therefore considerably increasing the lifetime and the shininess of your Jewellery.