Today, jewelry companies face a new, very relevant concern: the drastic increase in the price of rhodium and palladium. The high prices of rhodium and palladium risk creating consumer backlash in both jewelry and fashion accessories.
The options are to increase prices, reduce margins, change materials or innovate.
Companies like Legor Group conduct top level R&D initiatives to find solutions. Market changes should always lead to new proposals! There is always room for innovative solutions if vision and intelligence are applied.
Fine metal price increases have made the production of Ni-free, Pd-based white gold alloys much more expensive. For palladium, this cost is typically absorbed by the manufacturer. Platinum prices are currently remaining relatively stable.
With the aim of giving a relevant cost reduction on the alloy to be used for Ni-free white 750 gold, Legor R&D has developed NF642, a new formulation that introduces a new approach by using platinum as an alloy element to partially substitute palladium, without altering the desired characteristics in the final alloy.
PLATCORE is a new Legor alloy for plating process that is applied as a substrate.
PLATCORE is a cheaper alternative to palladium which, under certain conditions, has shown excellent performance of the intermediate layer preparing for the rhodium plating processes.
Equal to a gold alloy, and 20 times longer than standard Sterling silver, SILNOVA® keeps being bright over time. Eye-catcher thanks to its unique color, white and very shiny, it is visibly different from any other silver in the market.
Normally rhodium is sold at 2 gr/L ready-to-use. Today, given the high economic value of this metal, we give the possibility to our rhodium users to buy a product containing only 1 gr of rhodium, so that the initial investment is halved upon a halved productivity.
Moreover, RH1FRT, working at a lower rhodium concentration, has less bath dragging consumption problems. This, in addition to the low speed deposition, leads to a more accurate consumption control.