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Chrome for Jewelry?

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I'm interested in a key ring on eBay the seller says is chrome. I'm wondering and inquired if he or she is certain it is, indeed, chrome. Someone with the London retailer/designer told me his company has not made key rings since 2006, and many of their current cufflinks, which they are famous for, are lableled by the company as rhodium.

What's your experience been with chrome or chrome vs. rhodium (or rhodium plated?) for jewelry? Of course, this is not exactly jewelry but a key ring that will hold many keys and be kept in a pocket much of the time. How might it be for scratches, dents, discoloration? I know it didn't take much for keys to mark up a sterling silver key ring's ring.
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Are they keywords spamming for "Chrome Hearts"?
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Real response, please.
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What happened to your Tiffany, screwball?
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It died. First the tiny ring that attached the monogrammed pendant opened and the pendant slipped off (fortunately I noticed this immediately). Then a jeweler got it back on the ring and tried to close it up, but made me uneasy in stating it still could open again, even if soldered. I tried to close the opening totally and got it out of shape but tolerable, and to do this I had to remove off the screwball.

At this point the tiny cylinder within the screwball, due to that sticky sealant I had written here about (which was suppose to keep the screwball from falling off) clinged to the threads of the ring itself, instead. I got it off and into the screwball but it didn't want to stay in. Finally, the ball wouldn't screw properly onto the threads any more. I didn't see any decent way to correct all these problems, at this point, and gave up on the key ring. It just wasn't worth trying to get all of the sealant off, or gluing the cylinder into the screwball, or taking it to and paying a jeweler, etc. It also easily got out of shape so I kept trying to make it symetrical again. Mainly, I couldn't trust the darned thing again.

Meanwhile my wife's Tiffany "Plane and Globe" Tiffany key ring is doing fine (except it also gets out of shape). She keeps it in her purse, hardly ever has reason to remove or add a key, and there's some sealant on her "screwball" too (I don't recall if it's the globe or the plane). I was hoping I could continuing my key ring indefinitely, reapplying it I had to remove the screwball, as the screwball was staying on, but as fate had it.... So I'm using the soiled Brooks Brothers leather-and-silk key ring at the moment but it was on to The Search....
Edited by Lafont - 6/14/12 at 10:06am
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Originally Posted by Lafont View Post

Real response, please.

frown.gif That was a real response. I can't help you as I don't own chrome jewelry, but I was just saying be careful in case they were describing a silver metal as Chrome" to get an ebay search up.
post #7 of 10
chrome is plated over nickel.

on a key ring it will wear off - polished stainless steal, sterling silver, low caret gold, brass are all solid materials that will endure.
post #8 of 10
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Seller admitted she just took as to what material the key ring is, stating it might be rhodium. Meanwhile, I had contacted Duchamp, asking what material their key rings like this might be and later mentioned their cufflinks, with many referred to as rhodium. Guy show responded said they hadn't featured key rings since 2006 (though he actually uses one and loves it), and that key ring on ebay might well be rhodiium as well.
I'm noticing much similarity between Duchamp and Paul Smith.
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Here's my new Duchamp London key ring, which arrived from London within about a week via Royal Mail/USPS:

Duchamp London key ring - arrived 6.20.2012 001.JPG 161k .JPG file
Duchamp London key ring - arrived 6.20.2012 002.JPG 125k .JPG file

I think it's a beauty!
post #10 of 10
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Regarding sterling and the other metals, Gdot, they all seem to get marked up pretty quickly with a keyring - particularly when it's used to carry a bunch of metal keys.... These metals, and the rhodium plate, etc. may be fine for such items as cufflinks, earrings, or bracelets, but key rings take a beating.

Last evening I was at our Nordstrom's Rack and saw they indeed had an assortment of colorful Duchamp cufflinks. I had seen a connection between Nordstrom's and Duchamp on the web, but our local Nordstrom's doesn't carry Duchamp, as far as I know - at least not in ties and shirts.
I noticed how my key ring's pendant resembles the cufflinks, including in its logo. However, after going outside I noticed that, after having it only one week, it had deteriorated noticeably. The jigger that connects the pendant with the ring already separated on the side where it's divided, and there were many scratches on the back of the pendant and the ring itself that holds the (some heavy) keys.

I was able to push together the two pieces, for now, but I don't plan to keep doing this. I find the metal, whatever it is, flakes off and discolors. There's a silvertone film layer; when it flakes off it's gold/brass colored on the bottom but the metal below it is silvertone. Anyway, I'm disappointed in the quality. That Brooks Brothers leather key ring I've strongly considered may make it to my collection this year, after all.blush.gif
Edited by Lafont - 6/29/12 at 8:16am
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