June 4, 2015
Why buy a solid gold Apple watch that technology-wise will be out of date and disposable in just a couple of years? To have your Apple watch gold plated works out at a little over 23 pence a day over two years of ownership for the gold plating alone. This makes ownership of a gold Apple watch affordable for everyone.
We can gold plate your stainless steel Apple watch in 18 carat or 24 carat yellow gold as in the images below. For something a little more luxurious we can also platinum plate your Apple watch.
October 2, 2014
We are often asked by musicians and brass wind retailers and repairers if we can repair the silver plating or gold plating on musical instruments such as the Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet and Saxophones, but to name a few.
We can replate the whole instrument but it is often much more practical and cost effective to simply repair the offending part as in the images below of a silver plated brass Tuba we recently repaired:
The repair is not noticeable to the naked eye and the customer was highly delighted with the work we carried out on his Tuba.
Our electroplating services include; silver, yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum. For a complete list of all our gold plating and silver electroplating services and to find out what we can do for you as a musician or musical instrument retailer or repairer please contact us through our contact form for advice or a quotation.
November 14, 2013
We recently worked with FullBlownMetals to gold plate 37 stainless steel bees for the House of Guerlain in Paris. Guerlain is a French Perfume House founded in 1828 and is one of the oldest in the world, the bee being the symbol of the house.
The founder of Guerlain, Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, created perfume for the wife of French Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Guerlain also went on to create perfumes for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Queen Isabella II of Spain.
These stainless steel bees were inflated, mirror polished and then brush electro-plated by hand to match a specific gold colour sample that had to be first approved by Guerlain. Now completed, 35 out of the original 37 bees are now hanging in the reception area of the House of Guerlain in Paris.
Images kindly supplied by WILLBAUGH.
December 17, 2012
In April 2012 we worked on a project for The English National Opera ‘ENO’ in London to gold plate an AK47 for their new upcoming opera ‘Caligula’ which opened on Friday the 25 May 2012.
Caligula, also known as Gaius (meaning ‘little soldier’s boot’), was Roman Emperor from 37 AD to 41 AD. Surviving sources on Caligula’s reign centre upon his cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity, suggesting he was an insane tyrant. On one occasion whilst presiding over games, he ordered his guards to throw a complete section of the crowd into the arena to be eaten alive by animals due to the fact that there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored. Caligula later became the first Roman emperor to be assassinated in early 41 AD.
Caligula offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a self-indulgent and dangerous dictatorship in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi.
The AK47 was delivered to us and gold plated in April 2012.
The English National Opera stage more new productions and contemporary opera than any other opera company in the United Kingdom. Having a world class reputation for distinctive and theatrical productions has also resulted in many high profile partnerships with opera houses from around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Browse the ENO website to see their latest upcoming productions.
Please contact us for advice or a quotation.
Photos by Johan Perrson used by kind permission of the ENO.
April 27, 2012
Back in June 2009 we set about working on a project with top London architects to gold plate approx 42 metres of stainless steel trim to be used on display cabinets at the new Wallace Museum shop in London.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays breathtaking works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was given to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897 and first opened to the public as a museum on the 22nd of June 1900.
This world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries is displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners.
The gold plated trim can be seen, in the images above and below, along the edge of the counter top resting on the beautiful pure gold leafed cabinet panels.
The gold plated stainless steel trim was also used on the reception desk, cloakroom counter, shop till, counter donation boxes and lobby donation boxes.
The stainless steel trim to be gold plated was delivered to us and completed in March 2010.
Why not have a great day out and visit the Wallace Collection.
Find out what’s happening at the Wallace Museum.
Browse the Wallace Museum shop.
We are flexible, adaptable and are able to electroplate single items of jewellery right up to large commercial projects so please do contact us for advice or a quotation.
December 27, 2011
A short while back, in fact quite a little longer than a short while back, we were asked to gold plate a one ounce silver doubloon replica coin. The doubloon was originally a Spanish coin which was used mid 16th to the mid 19th centuries. It was hand-struck from gold and is commonly referred to as a “gold piece”. The doubloon weighed approximately one ounce and was solid 22 karat gold.
The doubloon was also widely used in the West Indies and South America. Due to being made from almost pure gold the doubloon had value worldwide even where it wasn’t legal tender. Since much of the piracy that took place was between English and Spanish privateers, Spanish gold doubloons often formed English pirate booty.
The doubloon in the following video was actually 24 karat gold plated by us.
Amateur film maker, Robert Lorrimer made his short film “Rock Bottom” over two consecutive mornings at ‘Petit Bot Bay’ on the island of Guernsey armed with a Canon 7d DSLR, light weight tripod, a banana and a suitcase.
The following image ‘Compass and Coin’ shows the actual doubloon featured in the video and was kindly supplied by Robert Lorrimer.
More details on this film clip can be found here: Rock Bottom.
If you would like a quotation or advice on an items suitability for gold plating please use our contact form.
September 21, 2011
The gold, silver, palladium and platinum plating of modern and vintage watches and clocks, is a great way to rejuvenate your beloved timepieces whether they are just old and worn or scratched from accidental damage. This process involves stripping and polishing before electroplating a precious metal over the base metal. Non-precious metals, such as nickel and chrome, are often utilized as a final finish too.
We also electroplate wristwatch and clock parts such as bracelets, folding buckles, clasps, bezels, cases and crowns. We can also electroplate the markers on your replacement watch dial to compliment the watch it is being fitted to.
Although gold plating is a common electroplated finish we also electroplate wristwatches in silver, white gold and palladium. These often being 18 carat gold plated, we can, of course, colour match selected parts for that perfect finish thus avoiding the need and cost of having to have the whole piece gold plated.
White gold plating is a very popular choice. After all, a 9k yellow gold watch looks beautiful in 18k white gold plate. Platinum also makes a fabulous transformation as well as palladium, palladium being one of the six platinum-group metals. The appearance of palladium is very similar to that of platinum and it offers virtually the same outstanding durability and beauty at a reduced cost.
We can easily produce a bi-metal gold plating effect should you require alternate watch bracelet links electroplated in yellow gold and white gold. This can also be followed through onto the watch case by electroplating the case and bezel in contrasting gold plated finishes. We can electroplate your treasured timepiece in any of the precious metals we offer including; yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and green gold, platinum, palladium and silver. We also offer nickel plating which is often favoured on pocket watches and chains.
The diamond set stainless steel Tag Heuer bracelet shown in our gallery is an example of a selective gold plated bracelet.
Whether your watches and parts have gemstones or enamel inserts presents no problem for the gold electroplating process. Our electroplating bath temperatures and solutions are safe on precious and non-precious stones as well as enamel. Your treasured timepiece will be beautifully enhanced giving it a new lease of life that will last for many years.
We offer a fast and safe gold plating service on all your wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks and parts.
Please feel free to contact us for a no obligation quotation.
May 25, 2011
We were recently asked to gold plate a number of steel tickets for an upcoming music festival taking place over 3 days, 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2011.
Beat-Herder is a handmade, music festival held on the first weekend of July in the Ribble Valley, Lovely Lancashire. This year the event is hosting headliners including Leftfield, Simian Mobile Disco, We Have Band, Mr Scruff and many more over 8 stages and three days.
To celebrate this years’ festival the Beat-Herder organisers decided on a golden ticket:
The competition idea: ‘Just like Willy Wonka, (but not in a sinister lock children in a factory style) 5 Beat-Herder ticket orders will be randomly assigned a ‘Golden Ticket’. This is to be very special in several very special ways. Firstly the Golden Ticket order cost will be refunded regardless of the number of tickets, it’ll be totally free. If it’s an order for one ticket, we’ll bump it up to two! Secondly, Golden Ticket holders will get £100 Beat-Herder spending money. Thirdly, if you’re a winner, we’ll meet you on the gate with a weekend’s worth of drinking tokens. Fourthly, you’ll get a voucher for some t-shirts and stuff from the gift shop. Fifthly, we’ll even polish the ticket before it’s sent out. A very special prize!’
Originally we we’re going to have a ticket made from brass, but after realising the ease and cost effectiveness of real gold plated tickets, we couldn’t resist treating the winners to a proper souvenir on top of the rest of the prize.
More details on the festival and the golden tickets can be found by visiting the Beat-Herder website at www.beatherder.co.uk.
November 2, 2010
Specialist brush plating & tank electro platers since 2008, Pure Gold Plating offer a wide range of electroplating & finishing services for both industry & the private sector.
Our services include gold plating in yellow, white & rose gold, platinum, rhodium, palladium, silver plating, white bronze, copper, nickel, decorative chrome plating & even black chrome plating.
All our work is electroplated with durability in mind for a long lasting finish & our hard gold plating exceeds many of our customer’s expectations. Our gold solution is 24 Carat pure gold & contains no alloys. This pure gold plating solution can be mixed all the way down to 9 Carat enabling us to colour match for that always perfect finish whether it be a large commercial project or simply a one-off pair of bathroom taps.
Pure Gold Plating work hard to provide a first class professional service to all our customers both in the UK, where we are based, & worldwide.
We also provide an extensive gold & silver plating training course as well as offer a complete gold & silver plating business opportunity complete with website, all equipment, solutions, training & ongoing support for as long as you need us. For full details please see our training page.
- All our quotations include return delivery unless stated otherwise.
- We are able to carry out ‘selective plating’ if required. This involves electroplating part of a single item or we can simply electroplate an item in two or more precious or non-precious metals. For examples please see the sixth album down on our gallery page.
- We provide metal finishing services on a wide range of materials including electroplating stainless steel, aluminium & zinc.
- Our turnaround is 5 – 14 days on the vast majority of work.
- We provide a cleaning & polishing only service.
- We also do abrasive blasting using aluminium oxide, glass bead and soda.
- Need something else? We add new services frequently so please get in touch.
January 30, 2010
The iPod Nano is a portable media player designed and marketed by Apple. The iPod Nano has gone through five models, or generations, since its introduction. The current fifth generation supports FM radio, video recording, a microphone for voice memos, a pedometer, and a slightly larger screen than that of the previous generation.
The iPod we have recently 24 carat gold plated is the 4th generation iPod Nano and can be seen in the picture blow.
Due to the construction of the unit and the process involved of preparing the aluminium casing for the gold plating process, the iPod had to be completely disassembled. Only then could the pink aluminium body be de-anodized, polished and nickel plated before being ready to accept the final 24 carat pure gold plating.
Although any iPod can successfully undergo the gold plating process, there are a few things to take into consideration when attempting to do so. Some iPods are simpler than others to gold plate. For example, iPods with a stainless steel back can be electroplated safely and easily without taking the unit apart.
This whole process of disassembly does, of course, void any guarantee in force with Apple.