What is Rhodium?
Rhodium is a rare, naturally occurring member of the platinum group of metals. It’s extremely hard. It’s silvery in color and highly reflective.
It’s inert against corrosion and doesn’t react with most chemicals. These properties make rhodium especially good for plating.
Rhodium Plating: What is it?
Jewelry plating-including rhodium plating-is essentially covering one metal surface with a very thin layer of another. This is done using electrolysis.
As you can imagine, rhodium plating is a relatively inexpensive way to turn a yellow gold piece of jewelry into a white gold piece of jewelry. It can be as easy as getting your hair done at the salon!
Rhodium is often used to plate white gold jewelry. Because of the very bright and shiny nature of rhodium, it gives white gold a nice “pop”.
Rhodiumed rings look whiter and brighter. Like washing with Tide! More often than not, white gold pieces of jewelry you see in jewelry stores have been rhodium plated. It’s the final step in lots of white gold jewelry. Again, it gives pieces the “pop” and “zing” that we like and come to expect.
Sterling Silver Jewelry can also be rhodium plated. Not only does this add shine and sparkle to the piece, but it helps in resisting tarnishing. Islandgems is proud to bring high quality rhodium plating to Jamaica.
Rhodium Plating Doesn’t Last Forever
How fast rhodium plating wears off depends upon how hard you are on your jewelry, your body chemistry and the type of jewelry that is rhodium plated. For example, plating will wear off most quickly on rings, compared to bracelets, earrings and necklaces, because rings touch and hit surfaces more. You’ll know your rhodium plating is wearing off when you notice the back of your ring looking a bit dull, and tinges of yellow on the tips of your prongs.
Rhodium plating lasts an average of 3 years on a ring you wear daily, although the length of time can be much shorter or longer. On the other hand, you may never need to rhodium plate your necklaces and earrings again!
Plating Yellow Gold Jewelry
You can rhodium plate your yellow gold jewelry to change the color from yellow to white. We can also plate your Yellow gold Jewelry with 24k Yellow gold to further enhance the richness of the Gold. You may also elect to have us re-make your yellow gold ring in white gold with exact precision.
Plate your Sterling Silver and Gold Pieces today. Take the first Step and call us today. Welcome to the world of Custom Jewelry!!