Black coating uses either ruthenium or TIN cobalt black to give a piece of jewelry a light black or completely black appearance. It is very durable and resistant to scratches. Black plating gives the jewelry piece a sense of masculinity and high-tech.
Silver is often coated on a base metal, such as copper, brass, white metal and nickel, to give it a silvery white, smooth and shiny finish. Silver plated jewelry often radiates purity and simplicity.