My best friend just posted a link to a lovely ring she wants her
hubby to buy her for their anniversary. The web site claims it’s
black sterling. Not liver of sulfur black, either-- Black black.
This also reminded me of another website a friend had pointed to that
had some seriously weird-colored gold rings. Colors like dark blue,
black, a very bright flamingo pink (I don’t mean rose gold- I mean
brighter-than-my-niece’s-bedroom pink), green (which looks a bit
more like chartreuse), fire-engine red, royal purple, chocolate
brown. I’m assuming that they must be plated with something.
Here’s the site for the black silver rings:
And here’s the site with the funky-colored golds:
Does anyone here have more on these things? Seen some in
person? If so, how do they wear? Do they flake as badly as I think
they would- the silver especially? Have any of you dealt with trying
to repair one? s this just some new kind of technology I’m not
Since my friends all know I work with metal & make jewelery, they
ask me about stuff like this & I have no idea what to tell them. No
matter how much I’d love crimson-red & deep black metals to play
with, those rings just don’t look real. I know you can make colored
golds with different alloys but I’ve never seen colors that bright
that weren’t enameled, epoxy, or some kind of paint. Either plated &
enameled would be poor choices in engagement / wedding / anniversary
/ worn-every-day rings, I would think.
Artist, Metalsmith, Chaos Magnet