This collection differs from the rest of ‘Alohi Kai’s jewelry in that they incorporate high quality plating such as rhodium, ruthenium (both part of the platinum family of metals) and 18K gold. As with all ‘Alohi Kai jewelry however, these are still hand sculpted, and never contain any nickel. Why is this collection called Scutes you may ask? Scutes are actually bony plates found in a turtle’s carapace, under the boxfish’s skin, and even crocodiles. (so plates, plated jewelry…)