Black Gold

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I’m a little divided on this one. On the one hand, I’m in love with the look of this series of  “black gold” and sapphire rings from Etsy seller artmasters. However, these rings are anything but cheap ($1500-$2000), and the metal used here is actually white gold with a black rhodium alloy overlay which wears off in six months to a year. To their credit, they are clear about this on their page and even offer a free reapplication within two years, but I personally don’t see the point. There are other ways to make “black gold”, including actual alloys and a new laser technique, that won’t wear off over time. Plus, maybe I’m judging badly because of professionally lit photos and a large selection, but I’m not sure these guys are the kind of handcrafted work I’m used to from  Etsy. I’m not listing this as an official “Etsy Find”, but I do think the rings are gorgeous.

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5 Responses to “Black Gold”

  1. Jenny Says:

    These are not images of real jewelry, they are 3d renders of computer drafted designs. As the designers say, “All jewelry images are professional catalog renderings generated by production imaging computer in 3d and are not real photographs, it’s visual perceptions may differ slightly from monitor type and resolution.”

    I’m a cad jewelry designer, and I think using just renders to sell jewelry is really misleading because you can never produce and polish pieces with this level of perfection. -And like you noticed, the black colors are misleading… These are beautiful designs, but selling jewelry in this way seems unfair to the consumer :S

  2. LovleAnjel Says:

    In two years the plating on the white gold underneath the black will also begin to wear off. I have a white gold wedding set and have the rings replated as necessary to keep them from yellowing. If I’m going to buy mass-produced fancy jewelry, I’ll do it from a place that replates the gold for free, for life.

  3. Photographer Leia Says:

    These are pretty, but I also don’t really see the point of purchasing something for that look, only for it to need reapplication after such a short time. Far too high maintenance.

  4. Alicia Says:

    LovleAnjel that’s not actually true. White gold is naturally ever-so-slightly dark/”yellowish”. Many mass-market jewellery retailers typically white rhodium plate white gold to make it white and bright like platinum. So these rings are the same – only the company are plating the white gold with black rhodium. Once the black wears off it will reveal the true colour of the white gold – it won’t “wear off” a second time.

    As a jeweller, I personally dislike this process because – just like the case is with these products – plating wears off and makes your work look “worse”. What you see should be what you get in my opinion.

    Also, as far as I’m aware, the “laser process” spoken of in this article was a discovery made by a university about five or so years ago. As far as I know it is currently not being used in any commercial capacity.

  5. Amanda Says:

    Those are amazing. I want to buy the first black gold ring here http://www.amazaz.com/ are they good? do you think their quality is as good as the rings on this page?