WHAT'S RHODIUM PLATING?

What's rhodium plating?
What's rhodium plating?

You may have heard of rhodium plating before, but do you know what it is or why it's so popular? This blog post will go into detail about what rhodium plating is and why it's a great option for jewelry pieces.



WHAT'S RHODIUM PLATING?


Rhodium plating is a process in which an item (usually made from a silver or brass base) is coated with a thin layer of rhodium. This coating protects the item from tarnishing, discoloration, and oxidation. It also gives the jewelry piece a beautiful, shiny mirror-like finish that makes it look new and modern.

 


HOW THICK SHOULD RHODIUM PLATING BE?


The rhodium plating thickness is usually between 0.8 and one micron thick, depending on the manufacturer. This is important to know because the rhodium plating thickness will determine how long it lasts and how much protection it provides. A thicker layer of rhodium will last longer, while a thinner layer will need replacing more frequently.



WILL RHODIUM PLATING AFFECT GEMSTONES?


No, rhodium-plating jewelry will not harm gemstones because gems don't conduct electricity, so the electric current used to plate the jewelry will not cause any damage.



SHOULD YOU RHODIUM PLATE JEWELRY EVERY YEAR?


Your jewelry must undergo a few processes before it can be rhodium plated. First, the plating professional will strip the old plating and polish out all the scratches. After that, the jewelry will get cleaned, and finally, the new plating will be applied.


Do not rhodium plate your jewelry yearly; every time your jewelry is cleaned and polished, this process files down the metal making your jewelry piece thinner and less valuable.



THE BENEFITS OF RHODIUM PLATING JEWELRY:


Rhodium plating offers numerous benefits over traditional gold or silver plating methods:


  1. Due to its hard nature, rhodium-plating jewelry provides superior protection against scratches, dents, and corrosion.
  2. Because rhodium does not tarnish easily, you can enjoy your jewelry for longer without worrying about the finish's discoloration or dulling.
  3. Rhodium's reflective properties give jewelry an eye-catching sparkle that will surely turn heads!
  4. The coating is hypoallergenic, so it's great for those with sensitive skin.
  5. Rhodium is easy to clean, unlike some white gold jewelry and other white metal pieces.



THE DISADVANTAGES OF RHODIUM PLATING JEWELRY:


  1. Rhodium is quite rare, so jewelers only use trace amounts for plating. Over time it will start to fade, so you'll have to replate your jewelry every few years if you wear it regularly.
  2. A thick layer of rhodium will make your jewelry look more like platinum. This may or may not be appealing to you.



HOW MUCH IS RHODIUM PLATING?


Generally, the cost of rhodium plating is usually around $60 - $120 and depending on the size of the piece, the larger the piece, the more it will cost.



HOW TO MAKE RHODIUM PLATING LAST LONGER:


To make your rhodium-plated jewelry last longer:


  1. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals by wearing gloves or taking off your rings when handling.
  2. Before you go swimming or wash your hands, take off your jewelry.
  3. You can only place your jewelry on when you're done applying fragrances and makeup and it has dried thoroughly.
  4. Although water will not damage rhodium plating, the rubbing from towel drying can diminish it over time. It is best to allow rhodium-plated jewelry to air dry.


As rhodium plating wears on yellow-gold jewelry, the underlying yellow color will start to show through. With white gold pieces, it'll take longer to notice any change since the plating and metal are close in color. The loss of luster will be most apparent in places where the plating has worn thin.



WRAPPING UP


Rhodium-plating jewelry is an excellent option for those looking to add a modern, shiny finish to their pieces. It offers superior protection against scratches, dents, and corrosion while still giving pieces a beautiful sparkle. Additionally, rhodium plating is hypoallergenic, making it great for sensitive skin. If you're looking for a way to spruce up your jewelry, consider getting it rhodium plated! It's worth the investment and will make your piece look new again.