Help Ganoksin geniuses!!!
Here is my problem. I frequently have white gold wedding rings plated
with Rhodium when I have a customer that is looking for that
conventional store bought look. I made a wedding set for friends of
mine in September.
Both rings are 10K white gold from an ingot I made myself. His ring
is a simple chunky band and hers is a delicate floral motif. The
rings were hand finished with 600 grit sandpaper. I took meticulous
care to finish them thoroughly and carefully, and cleaned the
tarnation out of them before sending them to the plater.
I had them plated by my usual plating company. While in Italy on
their honeymoon, the couple noticed the plating starting to flake
By the time they returned both rings were completely bare, all
plating had flaked off. They had worn the rings for a grand total of
9 days. I returned the rings to my plater who is refusing to replate
them - says there is a “problem” with the surface.
What could be causing this problem with adhesion? Can anyone help me
to understand the factors at play here. (other than a surly and
unhelpful plating company)