Plated metals at Pandora
An 18k gold-plated finish is the star of our Pandora Shine unique metal blend, protecting it from tarnishing while also providing the pieces with a luxurious gold shimmer.
A 14k rose gold plating encases our Pandora Rose designs, preventing its unique metal blend core from tarnish and finishing the designs an eye-catching pale pink sheen that's universally flattering.
Rhodium-plated sterling silver
Used on some of our sterling silver designs, rhodium is a precious metal belonging to the platinum group of metals, notable for being extremely durable and resistant to tarnish. A layer of rhodium plating brings a shiny finish and a bright lustre to your jewellery.
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What is electroplating?
The electroplating process involves passing an electric current through a conductive solution called an electrolyte. The metal atoms that plate an object come from the electrolyte, so if you want to gold-plate a jewellery item, the electrolyte must be made from a solution of a gold salt. Two terminals called electrodes are then dipped into the electrolyte and connected to a circuit with a power supply. When electricity flows through the circuit, the electrolyte splits and some of the metal atoms it contains are deposited in a thin layer on top of one of the electrodes to become electroplated. The longer the process continues, the greater the thickness of the coating.