Rhodium Plating

 

We offer complete Rhodium Plating Services on White Gold & Yellow Gold Jewelry Items, including complex two-tone pieces.
Sample #1 is Yellow Gold
Sample #2 is Rhodium Plated White Gold
Sample #3 is Natural White Gold

Rhodium is a precious metal, a member of the platinum family.

Rhodium electroplating is used on jewelry to provide a surface that will resist scratches and tarnish, and give a white reflective appearance. Rhodium plating is most often found on white gold. The term white gold is something of a misnomer. Gold is actually yellow, what jewelers call white gold today is an alloy (mixture) of gold and a white metal – usually nickel, silver, or palladium (another member of the platinum family). Metals known as white are actually more of a gray color, so white gold has a yellowish cast. The higher the karat weight, the more gold there is in the alloy, the more yellow the cast appears. Since the wearer of white gold is looking for a bright white look, a very thin layer of rhodium electroplating is used to make that jewelry shine. White gold plated with rhodium will also keep its good looks longer - rhodium will not tarnish or discolor, and since it is a harder substance, it is much less likely to get scratched.

It is important to be aware that rhodium plating does not last forever.

The rhodium plating on jewelry that experiences constant wear, like a wedding ring, can diminish in as little as one to two years, while a necklace or pin that is worn less frequently or comes in less contact with your skin or the elements can keep its plating for many more years. You can tell when the plating is wearing away by the look of the piece; the area without the plating will show the yellowish color of the original white gold.

In that case, a quick trip to Jewelry Service Center is all it takes to restore the rhodium finish.

Most jewelry items can be easily replated, although replating a two-toned piece will be more expensive because the work needs to be done by hand. Prices will also vary according to the size and complexity of the Jewelry item to be Rhodium Plated. Replating will not fill in dents, dings and scratches, it will only make them shinier and more noticeable! At Jewelry Service Center we clean and polish your jewelry before it is replated. The smoother the piece is to start with, the better the effect you will get from the replating process.

If you are shopping for a new piece of jewelry in white gold be sure and ask if the item has been rhodium plated.

Often, customers buy rhodium-plated pieces without realizing it–knowing how your new jewelry was made will help you maintain it properly and enjoy its beauty for years.

 

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