Agreed, the colour of most metals stands alone quite well, but if
you put a stone in it? Not all stones look the same as when you
bought them, in a mount. If your showing a diamond to customer
unmounted that is a I colour and you put it in white gold. It
can come out looking like a K colour. Rhodium plating brings up
the colour to I colour again. If you have a nice canary yellow
.50ct dia. and you mount it in 14k yellow it looks washed out.
The colour come back and looks great in 14k Green gold.
Tactile!?? Plating doesn't improve or even change texture or
polish on small jewellery shop scale. Plating should be use in a
carefully thought out manner and not as an automatic end process
for everything. Being a purist in jewellery limits your pallet
and put at a definite disadvantage. My .02 cts worth. Get
down off that soap box, Jimbo. firstname.lastname@example.org