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Karatage when making vermeil


Hi folks, it’s been a long time since I posted here, but I have a
question regarding vermeil and plating.

My understanding of electrolysis and electroplating is that the
anode needs to be an element, not an alloy. However, I see some
artists using vermeil marking it as 14k vermeil. Is this truly
possible or is it a mistake to mark it that way? I’d like to
understand it a lot better…

Karen Goeller


No matter the “Karat” of plating the actual deposit is around 22k.
It is very difficult to plate alloys.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts