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      What is plated jewelry? Should you buy it?

      What is plated jewelry? Should you buy it?

      You probably already know what solid gold jewelry is. It is a piece of jewelry that is made from a solid metal often silver or gold. 

      When we say solid metal we mean that if you would cut open the piece of jewelry you would find the same metal through the entire piece of jewelry.

      With the rise of hip hop jewelry in 2019 a lot of plated jewelry has hit the market and people are buying it like never before. 

      There are several reasons for this. But the most common reason is that the hip hop jewelry style with big blingy pieces requires A LOT of gold if you would make it with solid metal, making the prices sky rocket. 

      It is not uncommon to see a normal gold chain cost over 2000 euros if you want it to look chunky. A VERY high price to pay if you just want to follow the latest fashion trends when you are out clubbing or recording a music video.

      That is the reason plated jewelry has become more popular. It's simply a much more economic way to follow the latest fashion trends without breaking your bank.

      Continue reading and we will show you what it is and how it is made.

      What is plated jewelry?

      Plated jewelry comes in all shapes and colors: gold, silver, rosé gold and white gold.

      Plated jewelry is often made of stainless steel or brass in the center and then has one or several layers of the rare metal like gold or silver. 

      The plating process can vary from supplier to supplier but most often it is done in a 3 step process where the jewelry piece is dipped in a liquid with gold or silver atoms. 

      The jewelry piece is then electrified like an american prisoner and the gold or silver atoms will get attached to the jewelry piece. 

      The advantage of doing it this way instead of “dipping” the jewelry in melted gold or silver is that the layers become more even and stick better to the jewelry piece.

      Watch this video if you want to see the process in action.

      Why buy it?

      There is really only one reason to buy plated jewelry over “The real deal” and that is that it's MUCH cheaper. Especially when it comes to hip hop jewelry where the chains need to be chunky and the bracelets heavy. 

      If you would buy similar chains to the ones on www.streetice.eu that were solid instead of plated you would need to pay over 2000-4000+ euros.

      A high price to pay for recording a music video or shining in the club.

      This is the reason even famous people are spotted wearing plated jewelry these days, its simply not worth buying pure gold to follow current trends.

      Are there any risks?

      Some plated jewelry can be plated with a single layer. This is not good because a single layer can be scratched off with heavy usage and can leave the skin green from the metal underneath.

      On streetice.eu we make sure all our jewelry is plated a minimum of 5 times to ensure that the skin is never exposed to the metal underneath. 

      Always make sure to ask your jewelry supplier how many times they plate their pieces before you buy to avoid low quality items.

      Why smart people buy Cubic Zirconia Diamonds

      Why smart people buy Cubic Zirconia Diamonds

      Why diamonds are expensive

      In the beginning when diamonds were discovered the price of a diamond was high because it was beautiful.

      The stones were clear, and reflected almost all the light that went into them giving them the shine that we love.

      The value of a diamond today is set by the fact that the stone is “rare” not that it has a special shine.

      The reason for this is that there are many other stones these days that have a same or similar shine to a diamond. Therefore the price is set by the rarity not the shine.


      The difference between Cubic Zirconia Diamonds and real Diamonds


      In the last years diamond manufacturing has excelled and there is now a lot of new technology that makes it possible to artificially create stones that look just like real diamonds as long as you aren’t looking through a microscope looking for tiny flaws.

      These artificial stones that are manufactured today have a very similar shine to a real diamond, but they cost a fraction of what a real diamond cost.

      The most popular artificial diamond is called Cubic Zirconia Diamond or CZ diamonds. 

      The biggest differences between a CZ diamond and a real diamond are the following:

      1. A CZ diamond is less hard than a real diamond. This does not mean it will break more easily it just means that its not suitable for drilling tunnels and similar like real diamonds are.
      2. The weight: a CZ diamond weighs about 1.7 times as much as a real diamond. This is one of the reasons you will see jewelers bounce diamonds up and down in their hands to feel the light weight.

      Watch this video to learn more about the differences of CZ diamonds and real diamonds: