Ace of Space: How NASA's PVD Technology Revolutionized Jewelry
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Ace of Space: How NASA's PVD Technology Revolutionized Jewelry

Nov 09, 2023

We Had Some Help from NASA

We use a method called PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) with solid 18k gold for all of our gold plated jewelry. PVD, or Ion plating is a superior plating method in terms of durability, scratch resistance, and corrosion-resistance from water, chlorine, sweat, and other chemicals. This revolutionary technique, originally developed by NASA, has transformed the jewelry industry, leaving traditional plating methods in its stardust

The PVD Process

PVD is a metal bonding on a molecular level. The process involves depositing a thin layer of metal onto the surface of a piece of jewelry. It is achieved by evaporating the metal in an oxygen-free vacuum chamber, creating a metal vapor. The vapor then condenses onto the jewelry, forming a durable and visually appealing coating. PVD plating offers excellent adhesion, hardness, and wear resistance, resulting in long-lasting and scratch-resistant jewelry. It also provides a wide range of color options, allowing for creative and unique designs.

The Origins of PVD Plating

Back in the day, NASA scientists were exploring ways to enhance the durability and aesthetics of spacecraft components. They devised a method called Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), which involved vaporizing a thin layer of metal and depositing it onto the surface of another material. Little did they know that this groundbreaking technique would soon make its way into the world of jewelry, bringing a touch of intergalactic charm to our favorite accessories.

PVD vs. Traditional Plating Methods

When it comes to traditional jewelry plating methods like electroplating or gold-dipping, PVD takes the crown and sends it soaring into orbit. Unlike these older techniques, PVD plating creates a stronger and more durable bond between the gold layer and the base material, resulting in jewelry that can withstand the tests of time and daily wear, and you can say goodbye to faded and scratched gold.

The Titanium Nitride Twist

Now, let's take a closer look at why NASA's PVD technique uses titanium nitride instead of cyanide-based solutions. Not only does titanium nitride produce a beautiful, lustrous gold coating, but it also eliminates the need for toxic chemicals, such as cyanide, which were previously used in gold plating. It's a win-win situation for both our bling and the environment!

A Galaxy of Benefits:

PVD plating offers several significant benefits over traditional plating methods like electroplating or gold-dipping:
    1. Enhanced Durability: PVD plating creates a stronger and more durable bond between the metal coating and the jewelry surface. This results in a coating that is highly resistant to scratches, wear, and fading over time. In contrast, electroplated or gold-dipped coatings may be more prone to wear off or tarnish with regular use.

    2. Environmentally Friendly: PVD plating is a greener alternative to traditional methods. It eliminates the need for harmful chemicals, such as cyanide, which are often used in electroplating processes. By reducing the use of toxic substances and minimizing waste, PVD plating contributes to a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach to jewelry production.

    3. Hypoallergenic Properties: PVD plating creates a protective barrier between the wearer's skin and the base material, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. This is particularly important for individuals with sensitive skin or allergies to common metals like nickel. In contrast, electroplating or gold-dipping may not offer the same level of hypoallergenicity.

    4. Versatility in Colors and Finishes: PVD plating provides a wide range of color options beyond traditional gold. It allows for the deposition of various metals, such as titanium or chromium, creating finishes like rose gold, black, or even vibrant hues. This versatility enables designers and wearers to explore unique and customized jewelry aesthetics.

    5. Consistency and Uniformity: PVD plating ensures a more consistent and uniform coating thickness across the entire jewelry piece. This evenness of the metal layer enhances the overall appearance and quality of the jewelry. In contrast, electroplating or gold-dipping may result in uneven thicknesses or variations in color, affecting the visual appeal of the piece.

Will PVD Plating Last Forever?

PVD plated jewelry is pretty durable, but it's not going to last forever if worn daily. While it's tougher than other plating methods, there are a few things you should know.

For instance, how long your PVD plated jewelry lasts depends on factors like the quality of the plating, how well you take care of it, and how often you wear if (if you wear our pieces daily, the plating should last for at least 2 years). 

PVD plating creates a strong coating that's resistant to scratches, tarnishing, and fading. So if you treat it right, your bling can stay shiny and beautiful for a good while. But over time, with regular wear, you might notice some gradual wear-off, especially in areas that rub against stuff a lot.

And there you have it: the remarkable journey of PVD plating for 18 karat gold jewelry, straight from the depths of NASA's space exploration endeavors. This cosmic technique has revolutionized the jewelry industry, leaving behind outdated plating methods and embracing a future filled with brilliance and sustainability. So, why settle for ordinary when you can have the universe at your fingertips? 
Remember, when it comes to gold plating, always reach for PVD. Stay golden and keep sparkling.✨
 

A few words from our customers with sensitive skin

What She Said

ZERO NICKEL!

Dinot Curated's huggies are the only earrings I can wear all day, and sleep in,without waking up the next day with itchy, red ears. And I don't want to take them off - they're stunning!

Jennie J. US

Seriously impressed

I have sensitive skin and react to nickel, not only in my ears, but all over my chest when wearing necklaces. I am so happy with all my products from dinot - I never take off my daisy huggies and hailey studs, and I've been wearing my paperclip necklace 24/7 without a single reaction! And also, the gold has not tarnished one bit!

Anna I. US

Over expectation!

Wow, I paid less than $50 for my huggies and got the same quality as solid gold. No reaction, no itchiness, my skin does not turn green AND god damn they keep the color!

Mira. US

Love it so much

I just found out that the redness I have had on my chest for years was not a constant sunburn: it was an allergic reaction to my old necklaces!!

Love my Chloe curb chain and my new chest complexion ;)

Alex F. US

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