I am interested in gold-plating a ring I’ve made. The ring has 4 large prongs and will hold a cabochon ruby that has been filled but I don’t know the exact detail. If I gold plate the ring before I set the stone, I risk the plating cracking on the prongs when they are bent to hold the stone in place. This happened to another of my rings that is set with carnelian. Time will tell what happens with the cracked plating.
My question is, is it safe to subject a treated ruby to plating? I know that diamonds do fine and organic stones like coral will be damaged. I’d love a comprehensive list for reference if anyone has the experience to put one together.
Many thanks in advance for any advice!