Vintage Charm Bracelets

Restoring Vintage Charm Bracelets

Before twitter, there was glitter In the age of instant gratification, people have become careless with their memories. With the help of a camera phone, every mundane detail is preserved to the point where one can no longer distinguish the banal from the memorable. The pictures are there, but the feelings are not. There was […]
White gold is turnin

Why your white gold ring turns yellow

My white gold ring turned yellowish This is a customer complaint that we hear about almost on a daily basis. A quick internet search reveals numerous consumer complaints and inaccurate explanations as to the cause of white gold looking yellowish. We hear about all the new white gold alloys that supposedly eliminate this issue. However, […]
Gold Plated TAMS pin

Token and Medal Society 50 Year Pins

The Token and Medal Society: Having fun and preserving history Founded in 1960, The token and medal society (TAMS) is more than just collecting coins. Known as “exonumia”, TAMS is an organization that is dedicated to the collection, discussion and preservation of an eclectic assortment of tokens, medals, badges and medallions representing all aspects of […]
White gold rings dipped

Can I have my white gold rings dipped?

Dipping? There’s no dipping in quality plating! Often we are asked by our customers if they can have their white gold rings dipped. While we understand and appreciate that the term “dipping” is a convenient description used by the general public and sales people working at your local jewelry store, it makes us smile and […]
Allergic to white gold jewelry

Allergic to white gold jewelry? Now what?

Allergic to your white gold jewelry? Now What? You have had your white gold wedding rings and jewelry for years and all of sudden you have developed a painful skin rash. Every time you wear your white gold it happens and it seems to be getting worse. You have searched the internet and have read […]
Treasures from the dongtai antique market

Treasures from the dongtai road antique market

Dongtai road antique market: Where dragons go to bargain Whether you are a bargain hunter or not, those who visit Shanghai will definitely enjoy the dongtai road antique market in Shanghai. Located in the LuWan district, you’ll find an endless array of bronze statues, jade miniatures, vintage Mao era propaganda posters, old shanghai memorabilia, all […]
gold plated Apple watch

Stainless Steel Apple Watch

Interested in changing your stainless steel Apple Watch® into gold? You love the look, but you don’t want to spend 10k-20k on the new Apple Watch? The good news is that Apple is offering many of their models in finely crafted stainless steel.  We are very excited to announce that beginning May 1st 2015, the […]
Gold Apple watch plating services

Gold Apple Watch

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Apple Watch Plating: Five Questions You Need To Ask Interested in owning a gold Apple Watch? Not all Apples are golden but yours can be! We are very excited to announce that beginning May 1st 2015, the Artisan plating team will be providing gold plating services for selected stainless steel models from […]
Michell Kwan Medal platinum plated

From the archives: Michelle Kwan Medal Project

Opening the plating archives Over the last 40 years, we have accumulated thousands of pictures of objects that we have plated. After the project is finished, the pictures are filed away and not looked at again. It wasn’t until recently that we began to digitize our archives that we’ve had a chance to look back […]
WWII dog tags

WWII Dog Tags

History of dog tags Military identification tags, or “dog tags” as they are known, contain important information about the soldier such as name, spouse, social security number, address and religious preference. Dog tags go back as early at the American Civil War. The army did not provide i.d. tags, so soldiers would write their name and […]