Facts about Rhodium Plated Jewelry

Rhodium plated jewelry is the world’s most popular jewelry. If you are not familiar with what rhodium plated jewelry is, allow us to inform you about it.
Rhodium is a nonreactive metal like gold with atomic number 45. It belongs to the family of platinum. It is silver and highly precious and people love wearing rhodium plated jewelry.
It is also very expensive in every part of the world because of its valuable characteristics. It is very flashy and highly reflective which makes it an excellent metal to use in jewelry items. A lot of jewelry makers use rhodium plating for their jewelry to add an extra layer of shine on it and make it more attractive to the customer’s eyes.

Some other facts about rhodium plating is given below:

  • Rhodium plating is done on white gold. Gold is usually yellow or pale yellow in color. But there is a variety of white and silver gold. Rhodium platting brings out the silver reflection of the jewelry even more.
  • You don’t have to worry about your jewelry pieces of getting tarnished or dull or breaking with time, because rhodium is a very hard metal. You won’t see any scratches on your rhodium plated jewelry any time soon.
  • Unlike yellow gold whose shine is timeless, the shine of rhodium plated jewelry doesn’t last forever. More chances of this happening if your jewelry is of daily or casual wear like a wedding ring or a bracelet.
    As more time passes, you will start noticing discoloration on the rhodium plating and the original color getting back on.
  • Rhodium costs 6 times more than gold in weight. It is never used in its pure mineral form, it is always used with other metals like nickel ore and platinum.
  • South Africa is the home for Rhodium since more than 70% of rhodium is found there.
  • Rhodium plating is highly expensive and of high-cost in the world.
  • Rhodium plating increases the longevity of the jewelry and gives it more durability.
  • The most technically advanced method of rhodium plating is the electroplating process.
  • Rhodium plating protects the jewelry from scratches and wearing off.
  • Rhodium dip and rhodium flashing are other common names of rhodium plating which are used in different parts of the world.
  • Rhodium is the most suitable option for people with sensitive skin. It doesn’t cause any allergic reactions or rashes.

So there you have it, some of the most basic facts about rhodium plating jewelry. A little heavy on the wallet, but if you think about the long run rhodium plating is surely worth it.