Today I was finishing up two necklaces, one 14k gold and one 18k
gold. I finished soldering them both, put them into a pickle that
I’ve been using all day for silver with no unusual results, and
pulled both pieces out to find that the 18k gold necklace had turned
a beautiful coppery pink. But not the 14k necklace. Huh?
I’ve gone through all the threads on Orchid I could find on this
subject and found some good on why this kind of plating
might have happened in other circumstances, but I can’t figure out if
it applies in my case.
My 18k necklace is just a simple handmade 18k pendant on a purchased
18k cable. I believe the cable is solid 18k, but now I’m not so sure.
Or could it be the clasp that was the problem? I hadn’t replaced the
commercial clasp yet, and part of it was indeed immersed in the
The 14k necklace is a similar handmade pendant on a 14k chain and
also had commercial clasp still attached.
Also, I put the now-pink necklace into a solution of new, cold
pickle and hydrogen peroxide, with no change in color. It’s going to
be difficult to buff a cable…Should I burn it off? Or was my
solution maybe just not strong enough?
Thanks for any help.