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9 Objects You Didn’t Know You Could Have Gold Plated

Written by Anna Currell
November 20, 2023

Looking for a way to get more shine in your life? The answer is simple: go gold. Gold plating is the process of applying a thin layer of gold onto a base metal. This can increase durability and shine, and it works on all different types of objects. In fact, you probably own many different items that you can easily get gold plated. Gold plating rings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches is fun, but it’s also exciting to see non-jewelry items pass through our repair shop. Here are eight different types of objects that we can gold plate — some may surprise you!

#1: Belt Buckles

Belts are both practical and fashionable, so getting your belt buckle gold plated is an easy way to make your look stand out and feel brand new. This can be a really helpful way to match your accessories; if your favorite purse’s fasteners and fixtures are gold, and your favorite capsule jewelry pieces are gold, getting your everyday belt buckle gold plated can make your look even more cohesive. 

#2: Candelabras

Whether you inherited your grandmother’s candelabra or you found an irresistible one at an estate sale, getting it gold plated is a fun way to make it the focal point of your home. Gold plating can take a vintage candelabra and make it look brand new again. So if you ever find an antique candelabra while thrifting, don’t write it off. You can turn it into your dining room’s centerpiece with a simple gold plating service.

#3: Electronics 

It’s hard to imagine our lives without electronics, even if some of them were only invented a few years ago. Our smartphones, smart watches, and tablets hold our most important information and provide hours of entertainment. These devices are constantly in our hands; they should feel customized and special to you. Consider getting your phone or Apple Watch gold plated to add some personality to the devices you use daily. 

#4: Gun Parts

Believe it or not, certain parts of firearms can be gold plated. If you have an antique heirloom gun, gold plating is a unique way to customize and preserve it. Not every piece of a gun can be gold plated, so be sure to speak to your jeweler about the finer points. Also, there are limitations and restrictions about sending firearms in the mail, so be sure you have a way to get the gun to your jeweler for the service. Since we’re dealing with weapons, it’s also important to make sure your jeweler is comfortable performing the gold plating on this non-jewelry object before you bring it into their shop.  

#5: Musical Instruments

There are all kinds of instruments made of metal. If a piece of your saxophone could really use some extra TLC, you might consider getting it gold plated. Or maybe you want your silver flute to really make an impression. All instruments are different, so check with your jeweler about the part you’re interested in gold plating. It would also be wise to speak to a music professional to anticipate how gold plating would impact the instrument's sounds, usability, or comfort.  

#6: Pet Collars and Tags

Do you love your dog more than most people? We get it. Your pet deserves a royal treatment, and that means golden adornments. Get your pet’s collar or tags gold plated for a luxurious look. Not only is gold an elegant, eye-catching accent, but it's also durable and long-lasting. A high-quality gold plating won't scratch or tarnish easily, so your dog's new bling will maintain its brilliant shine for years to come.

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This dog tag was rhodium-plated to give it a white gold aesthetic.

#7: Hardware on Furniture

Do you have brass doorknobs, cabinet pulls, or hinges? Gold plating them can immediately give your furniture a modern look. Brass and silver fixtures tend to look a bit more antiquated, and providing a golden shine can give your home a makeover without any major renovations.

#8: Trophies and Medals

Did your soccer team finally become season champions? Does your office have a yearly award ceremony? You’re never too old for trophies and medals, but sometimes it can be difficult to find one that’s made to last. Or maybe your trophy collection is gathering dust in the attic and could use a little sprucing up. Gold plating your trophy, medal, or award is a great way to protect it and keep it shining for years to come. 

#9: Utensils and Kitchenware

You probably have silverware… But what about goldware? Golden utensils are becoming more in vogue lately and they can give your kitchen a trendy update without any heavy lifting. Turn your forks, knives, spoons, ladles, or spatulas golden to make every meal a fancy one. 

Do you have an object you want to get gold plated? Ask us about it! There’s a good chance that we can make it happen. Get in touch with our team to find out if we can give your belongings a golden glow.

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