Cost Effective Alternative to Silver
As manufacturing companies everywhere continue to seek ways to minimize operating costs without sacrificing quality or productivity, interest in palladium has increased accordingly. Like gold, palladium is classified as a precious metal, meaning it is relatively rare and has high economic value. Palladium is one of the six silver-white metals that comprise the Platinum Group of Metals, along with platinum, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium.
What makes palladium plating so attractive – in addition to the lustrous silver-white finish it provides – is its affordability. The troy ounce cost of palladium is typically much lower than that of gold, which is why more and more companies are turning to palladium as a viable gold plating alternative.
Palladium’s unmistakable aesthetic appeal makes it a desirable plating option in the manufacturing of fine jewelry or any product where a lustrous, silver-white color is preferred over a yellow-gold finish. Palladium’s ability to prevent oxide formation makes it an excellent choice for applications where resistance to corrosion is essential. In fact, palladium’s corrosion protection abilities are comparable to those of gold. While copper diffuses rapidly through gold, it will not diffuse through palladium. Consequently, a layer of palladium is often placed between gold when electroplating gold onto copper.
Also, Silver Plating is a low cost option for maintaining the appearance and benefits of silver. Silver is durable, has a high electrical conductivity, and is highly solderable. An added benefit of plating services is that an anti-tarnish layer added over the plating to make the design easier to maintain and more durable.
There are a variety of materials that can benefit from the silver plating process. Some of these materials include copper, steel, titanium and zirconia. It is even possible for plastics and ceramics to be plated in silver. The benefit of silver plating is both cosmetic and practical in nature. Plating an item in silver gives the appearance that the entire design is made of silver without the expense of solid silver. As noted above, using a second dip of anti-tarnish material gives the item added durability and eliminates the need to constantly polish the silver.
Silver plating can result in either a shiny finish or matte finish. The decision between shiny and matte is typically based on design considerations. Silver plating is a cost-effective choice for companies wishing to improve the appearance and/or functionality of products. Although silver plating can be a tricky process, Precious Plate has unique methods that make the process as efficient as possible while producing quality results.