"100% nickel-free" electroplating: the revolution of Italfimet





The impossible has become possible: as of today there is a 100% "nickel free" process, capable of completely eliminating this chemical element, which can lead to allergic reactions, from the production of jewelry and other accessories. With significant benefits, therefore, in terms of eco-sustainability and protection of people's health. Achieving this important milestone in electroplating for the gold and fashion sectors was Italfimet of Monte San Savino (Ar), a company founded in 1992 and now employing about fifty people. The latest innovation confirms the company as an international leader in the development of state-of-the-art galvanic processes. "The elimination of nickel from electroplating," explains Andrea Capaccioli, laboratory manager at Italfimet, "represented a particularly ambitious challenge that, until a few years ago, seemed impossible to win. We are proud, therefore, to have now found and verified chemical processes free of this element, with important benefits for consumers and manufacturers of accessories in the fashion, jewelry and costume jewelry sectors."


Nickel, a chemical element used in electroplating both to lighten the color of gold and to make metals more resistant, can in fact lead to allergic reactions or dermatitis in contact with the skin. To eliminate it completely from galvanic processes, Italfimet tested alternative possibilities, using other elements that comply with the European Union's Reach regulation, a benchmark for standards on the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can result from chemicals.


This path led to the formulation of the Dermogold electroplating bath, which allows, through a completely nickel-free process, hypoallergenic jewelry and accessories with the same qualities guaranteed by nickel. These include coloration, aesthetics, solidity and corrosion resistance. For a final object of greater value. "A revolutionary innovation that is the result of a long work of study and research," Capaccioli adds. "A testimony to our constant commitment to the improvement of galvanic baths, eco-sustainability and the protection of people's health.

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