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Jewelry plating method used in the ring at wholesale market

How do the jewelry wholesalers put Jewelry plating method on the rings?

When you get earrings at Wholesale market, what are they made of? Do they have nickel? Is it okay for allergies?

jewelry ring plating at wholesale jewelry market

As far as I know, most rings in Wholesale market are made with “Brass + copper + nickel plating + electroplating”. Rings usually use Brass because it’s hard and keeps its shape well, especially for fancy designs. In the past, they used iron or zinc/tin, but now most wholesalers use Brass.

Nickel or nickel-free… People care about nickel in earrings because of allergies, but for rings, even if they have nickel, it’s usually okay because rings are worn on the hands. Nickel is needed to make the Jewelry plating last longer, so most rings have nickel.

Saying “The ring is nickel-free (coated)” sounds strange to me. People use nickel-free products to avoid allergies, but the problem is that the shine doesn’t last long without nickel.

So, if a ring is coated without nickel and exposed to water and salt from the skin, it might not last as long.

jewelry ring plating at wholesale jewelry online market

We usually use nickel plating, but if you want it without nickel, we can do that too. Just tell us when sending it to the plating factory.
But honestly, there’s usually no need for nickel-free plating. I’m telling you this in case some people prefer it.

Some jewelry wholesalers makes rings with a dull plating that’s nickel-free. I mentioned earlier that nickel-free platings might change color easily. Rings with a dull plating have an old-fashioned look, so even if the shine changes, it still looks vintage. Someone said it’s harder to do dull plating with nickel.

Knowing all this will help you ask better questions when buying from a ring wholesaler.

“What Jewelry plating method is this?”
Better to confirm what you already know.

“Does the ring have nickel plating?”
It’s good to ask to check your knowledge.

Is it a brass material? Is it coated with nickel? Will the shine last long? What I want to know is if it will change color less.

Also, asking about how thick the plating is will make you seem like an expert. Thicker plating usually costs more, so normal plating thickness is just fine.

Since I’m not an manufacturer expert, I don’t know the average plating thickness of most products. But some silver jewelry wholesalers talk about plating thickness like,

“We used 6 mils and 8 mils~~”.

– The Depths of Plating: A Closer Look at Thickness and Color Stability

The idea is,
“Our products are a bit more expensive because the plating is thicker, so it lasts longer.”
Regular plating is probably around 1~2 mils.

In other words, some wholesalers make the plating thicker to make it last longer. So, if a ring is a bit more expensive than others, you can pretend to be an expert and ask why it’s pricier.

“How thick is the plating on this?”
In Wholesale market, they say they made the plating thicker.

“How many mils of plating did you use on this?”
“Is the plating thicker here than in other places?”
It’s okay to ask when buying a ring.

“Is it a brass material?”
“Is it coated with nickel?”
“Is it electroplated?”

But asking like you know and asking without knowing feel different.
Instead of asking like that, try asking like this from now on.

“Does the ring have brass material and nickel plating?”
“The price is a bit high. Is the plating thick?”

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