FEATURES & BENEFITS OF PVD COATING
Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings improve hardness as well as wear, temperature, impact, and oxidation resistance. Our PVD coatings are well-suited to a number of industries, including aerospace, auto, medical, jewelry, watch and more. PVD is an environmentally friendly coating process free from hazardous byproducts that provides stunning decorative finishes with strong corrosion and wear resistance.
The Difference Between Gold PVD Coating and Gold Plating
When it comes to jewelry, there are several different processes and materials that can be used to achieve a gold look. From rings to watches and everything else in between, the two most common ways to get that iconic gold look comes from gold PVD coating and gold plating.
Gold plating occurs when a thin layer of real gold is plated onto another metal, such as stainless steel. Gold plating is often done to give the look of real gold at a fraction of the cost of having a piece of jewelry that is solid gold. One of the advantages of gold-plating is that it gives the product the look of real gold. On the other hand, gold plating doesn’t offer the durability of gold PVD coating and when scratched can reveal the base material.
- Environmental friendly
- Corrosion resistant and harder
- Longer lifetime
- Great resistant against rust and scratch
- Gold PVD coatings can be 10 times thicker than standard gold plating
Choosing between gold PVD coating and gold plating comes down to preference and budget, as well as a variety of the factors mentioned above. If you’re producing jewelry that generally will be less expensive, gold plating may be the best option. Higher-end jewelry requires a coating that’s more durable, is longer lasting and is resistant to corrosion. In this instance, gold PVD coating shines as the right choice. Gold PVD coatings can be done using real gold, or other elements that have a gold-look to them.