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Jewellery Casting and Electroplating

(a). What Is It?

Electroplating is the process of applying a metal coating on an object. When used in the Jewellery process, it can enhance the aesthetic value and wearability of a piece. Before electroplating begins, a jeweler may strip, hand polish, or sandblast the jewelry to prepare its surface. The piece is then ultrasonic cleaned and electro-cleaned to remove oils and dirt. Finally, a deep steam cleaning is performed to remove any lingering oils and dry the piece.

(b). Why Electroplating?

Electroplating can enhance the appearance of Jewellery in a number of ways. A piece of gold Jewellery might be electroplated with 24-karat gold to achieve a richer hue. In fact, a range of color options can be achieved through the electroplating process. For instance, Frank Billanti Casting offers 10K, 14K, 18K, and 24K gold plating. Rhodium electroplating can enhance the whiteness of white gold.

(c). Uses Electroplating?

Electroplating can increase the appearance of color uniformity in Jewellery. The process usually improves tarnish resistance, meaning your jewelry will stay polished and beautiful for a longer period of time. It may also be used on base metal or silver items to achieve a real gold appearance.

(a). What Is It?

In Jewellery making, casting is a process in which a liquid metal is somehow delivered into a mold that contains a hollow cavity of the intended shape. The metal and mold are then cooled, and the metal part (the casting) is extracted. Casting is most often used for making complex shapes that would be difficult or uneconomical to make by other methods.

The modern casting process is subdivided into two main categories: expendable and non-expendable casting. It is further broken down by the mold material, such as sand or metal, and the pouring method, such as gravity, vacuum, or low pressure.

(b) Why Jewellery Casting?

Casting is ideal for creating pieces with intricate details or multiple parts because the use of mold allows for consistent and precise shapes. Casting Jewellery is also more efficient than making Jewellery by hand. Once a mold has been created, it can be used to quickly and consistently produce multiple pieces.

How can we learn Electroplating and Jewellery Casting?

The Jewellery training team of Gem and Jewellery Research Institute Sri Lanka introduces Jewellery casting and electro-plating training for the trades and students. To discuss your needs with one of their professionals, call 0114324677. You can also visit the institute’s website to learn more about its services.  

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