KORA GARRO PLATING
HOW TO TELL JEWELRY PLATING QUALITY IS GOOD?
Plating is quite common in the jewelry world, with gold and rhodium being two popular types. This process was invented by an Italian in 1805. Now gold plating is commonly used for costume jewelry. Compare the price, for example, 14K gold plated necklace cost ~$50 dollars while the 14K solid gold costs over $500. So if any brand tells their plating never tarnish, you better have another think.
Many companies in the market plating their jewelry with a coating of 0.1 microns or less. Stay away from cheap thin layer plating because it wears off quite quickly. Kora Garro uses gold PVD coating (a vacuum coating process) which applies a thicker gold layer on our jewelry pieces so that’s wear and corrosion resistant, chemical resistant, has a low coefficient of friction and is low maintenance. Check the following for our plating:
WHY JEWELRY PIECES LOOK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN GOLD COLORS?
Per Wikipia, Pure gold is slightly reddish yellow in color, but colored gold in various other colors can be produced. Pure 100% (in practice, 99.9% or better) gold is 24 karat by definition, so all colored golds are less pure than this, commonly 18K (75%), 14K (58.5%), 10K (41.6%), or 9K (37.5%).
18K yellow gold: 75% gold, 12.5% copper, 12.5% silver
18K yellow (darker) gold: 75% gold, 15% copper, 10% silver
Rose, Red, and Pink Gold
18K red gold: 75% gold, 25% copper
18K rose gold: 75% gold, 22.25% copper, 2.75% silver
18K pink gold: 75% gold, 20% copper, 5% silver
12K red gold: 50% gold and 50% copper
Nowadays, jewelry never only needs pure gold to show value but to match your personal style. Check out Kora Garro Jewelry to support the best of you everyday.