Nickel is a naturally-occurring silvery-white metal. It is the fifth most common element on earth and is present in the earth’s crust. It is mostly used as an alloy, particularly with chromium and other metals to produce stainless and heat-resisting steels. It has a wide range of applications but within homewares is often used in the manufacture of lighting.

Nickel electroplating is the technique of electroplating a thin layer of nickel onto a metal object. This can serve as decorative or provide resistance against corrosion and wear.

Properties and qualities

Nickel is silvery-white in colour. It is malleable, so able to be moulded into any shape, and ductile with a high lustre. Nickel is able to conduct heat and electricity.

How does it feel?

Nickel feels hard.


Nickel items can be cleaned by wiping with a soft cloth and mild detergent. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your nickel product.