Well…this post will most probably fall into boring, yet important category as today I wanted to talk a little bit about coating of the rhinestones. And coating is very important, not only because it gives a beautiful, luxurious finish for a jewellery piece, but also because it provides a protection.
A little while ago all our jewellery was chrome-plated. This means that from the inside our jewellery pieces had a glossy grey finish. Unfortunately the cost of chrome-plating increased so much since the summer, that now it comes up to £50 per necklace… So instead of dramatically increasing all prices we decided to leave it as an option for our customers to choose and now everyone has a choice what kind of finish they would like their piece to be coated in.
Majority of our jewellery now is zinc-plated. Zinc looks like a black metal and although sounds a bit rough, I don’t think it ruins the necklace in any way. Please have a look at a couple of pictures, where rhinestones are zinc-plated. I specifically posted front view images, so that you get a better idea what the necklace looks like from the front.
Those who wish, may request their piece to be gold plated, which simply adds £20 on top of the price. If you select this option, your piece will come plated in 18k gold. Here are a couple of necklaces with rhinestones gold-plated.
And last option – chrome-plating. This is the most luxurious therefore the most expensive option, requiring to add £50 on top of the price. Perhaps not the best picture as you can see light and my iPhone reflecting…but at least might give an idea:)
It’s not our aim to make money on plating , hence we only pass the cost of the service to our customers, who want a different finish to their pieces. So there’s no confusion, necklaces on our website are clearly marked if they are a zinc or gold-plated option and it’s up to you to choose the coating you desire:)
I hope this gives some important information when choosing the plating for your piece, however if it’s still a bit unclear – I’m here to respond to all the queries. Please feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line.
Have a lovely Saturday and stay warm!