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Depletion gilding

Hi,

I want to get a white finish on sterling silver, I have been tried depletion gilding and I am wondering if there is a way to seal the surface so the white layer won’t rub away or get scratched when worn as a ring or other piece of jewellery? Or is there any alternative to getting a white finish that is not enamel or paint and is permanent?

Thank you

You can try depletion gilding. It will put a layer of pure silver on the surface as you continue to burnish the piece. You can make the layer thicker the more times you immerse it in pickle but once the entire surface has a fine silver guild it will stop. If it wears away you can regild it.