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Need to make a silver ring look gold without using gold

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August 6, 2021

Q. Hey guys, hope all of you are doing well and staying safe. I'm looking for a service where I can get my silver rings plated with a golden hue without using gold. Thanks a lot!

Roberto Boz
- Doral, Florida

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August 2021

A. Hi cousin Roberto. It would help us if you prefaced your question with your situation (is 'my rings' a couple of old ones hanging around, or are you a custom jewelry designer with hundreds to do?), and why you don't want to use gold (because we'd have a better idea of things that might suit you). If you feel you're allergic to gold for example you might be equally allergic to suggested alternatives; whereas if you think going gold-free will save you money, you're probably not right.

You could probably request a particular brass plating which looks a lot like gold (see Pinchbeck Alloy & Nordic Gold in topic 37526; you could probably get a tinted lacquer that will look at least somewhat gold-like. The gold-free titanium nitride coatings like you see on gold-colored drill bits at the hardware store can be a great answer for high volume production, but no shop is going to risk contamination of their very expensive PVD vacuum chambers with a few old rings.

Luck & Regards,

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