I think if I was to buy sterling silver plated with chrome, I
would not buy it. It’s kinda like brass plating gold. I believe
that the precious metal is what is important in a handcrafted item.
People appreciate that. Even if it takes a little more to keep it
nice, a real item is better to me. How about every one else?
One of the most brilliant uses of gold in jewellery is Otto
Kunzli’s, “Gold makes you blind”. Perhaps there is design mileage
in plating base metals onto jewellery metals? Where does mokume
stand in this? Does gilding silver in some way debase the gold or
It’s not the metal that figures but the design and the skill with
which the design is executed.
In response to the original question, chrome plating would look
exactly like that: chrome. Rhodium is slightly better looking and
can legally be laid over hallmarked precious metal. Best of all is
electrophoretic lacquer which doesn’t change the colour of the
metal underneath and is very hard-wearing, if a bit of a nightmare