Really it all depends how well the item is looked after. The more it is used the quicker it will wear. Obviously gold plated ornaments will last longer than gold plated jewellery as it is not handled as much. Avoid scratching and hard rubbing as this will wear the gold faster. The standard for Gold plating jewellery is 0.5-1.0micron. This will usually last around 12 months. Here at Elite Luxury plate a minimum of 2-2.5microns on jewellery just under the threshold of heavy gold plating, although at request we can plate a thicker layer to make it last longer.
24K Gold is 99.9% pure gold where as 18k gold is 75% gold and 25% of other metals. 18K Gold is harder wearing than 24K gold and that is why we recommend 18k gold when we plate jewellery. Also 18K gold is paler in tone than 24K Gold. 24K gold is one of the most less reactive metals so it doesn’t tarnish or react with oxygen.
Rhodium is often confused with white gold. Rhodium is a hard white creamy metal that is usually plated on to white gold as white gold naturally doesn’t really have a nice decorative finish. So Rhodium is plated on top to give it a beautiful lustre. It also prevents tarnish and helps with resisting scratches.
Yes gold will plate onto silver although the silver will tarnish underneath the gold and eventually show through the gold plating. We usually put a barrier plate onto the silver either nickel or if jewellery palladium would be used and the gold would be plated directly onto the barrier plate so the tarnish wont show through
Yes we can plate non electrically conductive materials such as most plastics, glass, wood, etc. Although this process can be very tricky and requires a completely different process to the standard electroplating process. Please get in touch for more details on this.
Yes Elite Luxury are a customisation service. Other than just gold plating services and electroplating services, we offer a polishing service, cleaning service, design service, Swarovski crystal service, diamond setting service, laser engraving service, engraving service, and many more.
Yes we can polish up and re-plate your antique or vintage items. We work closely with electrical engineers, watchmaker, jeweller and gold smith so this enables us to carry out repairs or restoration on your items so you can be sure your item is safe with us.
Yes Elite Luxury offer free worldwide shipping an all products listed on the website. We offer free shipping on custom work throughout the UK. A small shipping fee would apply for custom work carried outside of the UK.
Yes we regularly use genuine Swarovski crystals to bling up or ice out products. Although sometimes the size of the crystals combined with the colour scheme it may not be possible to use genuine Swarovski crystals instead we will use Swarovski style crystals to make sure the fit and the look is correct.