Post # 1
Ok so I’m looking for a set of shirt studs, and there are metals I’ve never heard of. I’m likely not going to be able to afford gold or sterling, but I’m seeing things like “Rhodium plated” and I’m unfamiliar with it.
Also, what is the range of things that can be called onyx? There is a vast price range of onyx studs.
And What, exactly, is mother of pearl? I know what it looks like, and could identify it anywhere I saw it, but I’m not actually sure what the material is.
Post # 3
@Duncan: I think rhodium plating is a thing that is done to white gold, and maybe some silver. Other bees will probably be able to explain what this is for better than I can.
Onyx is a semi-precious stone– maybe the cheaper versions of cufflinks are made with a cheap metal instead of gold or silver, or maybe it’s imitation onyx you’re seeing?
Mother of pearl is actually pieces of particularly shiny and pretty shell– in some cases, the shell of the oysters that produce real pearls, but I think more often it is just any attractive, iridescent shell.
Post # 4
@Creiddylad: Thanks. Imitation onyx is generally clearly marked as such. I’ll probably end up with a stainless or nickel set, as I’m trying to get them for under $100. Though I might luck out and find some vintage ones.