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Gold PVD Plating vs Gold Plating

Posted on June 17 2019

When it comes to affordable jewelry, gold plating is at the top of the list for many buyers. There are many processes that can be used to achieve a gold look, however, the absolute best process of plating gold jewelry is through PVD.

What's the difference between regular Gold Plating and Gold PVD Plating?

Physical Vapor Disposition, or PVD, is a vacuum coating process that results in a very durable and brilliant finish that may even symbolize solid gold. PVD utilizes a titanium nitride that results in the extremely durable coating of gold. PVD plating is known to be more resistant to corrosion and from sweat and regular wear in comparison to regular gold plating.

Gold Plating refers to a thin layer of real gold plated on top of a base metal (eg. stainless steel, nickel, brass). This type of plating offers the look of real gold at a fraction of the solid gold cost. Although it is a decent option, the superior option would be to purchase PVD plating as it is similar in price but better in quality.

Advantages of Gold PVD Coating

  • Durability
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Longer lifetime
  • Gold plated pieces can discolor within a short time period
  • Gold PVD coatings can be 10 times thicker than standard gold plating


All of our jewelry features Gold PVD Plating finishes!


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