What is Rhodium?

Rhodium is a very rare, very precious metal in the platinum family of metals. In fact, it is the most expensive metal in the world! When used in trace amounts to finish a white gold ring, it gives all the luster and shine of platinum.

Why Do I Need Rhodium Plating?

If your ring is a white gold, it needs to have a rhodium finish if you want the bright, silvery, white color usually associated with white gold. This is because gold - in its natural state - is yellow. So even when gold is alloyed with white metals to make "white gold," without rhodium finishing it will appear to be a warmer, cream-to-pale-yellow color.

Why Do I Have to Get My Ring Redipped?

When a white gold ring is made, it is rhodium finished. You only need a very thin layer of rhodium to make your ring shine bright – which is good, because rhodium is the most expensive metal in the world! But as you wear the ring, the plating thins, and your ring starts looking closer to the warm yellow gold it’s made of. So you need to have it redipped from time to time to restore its luster.

  • What is Rhodium?

    Rhodium is a very rare, very precious metal in the platinum family of metals. In fact, it is the most expensive metal in the world! When used in trace amounts to finish a white gold ring, it gives all the luster and shine of platinum.

  • Why Do I Need Rhodium Plating?

    If your ring is a white gold, it needs to have a rhodium finish if you want the bright, silvery, white color usually associated with white gold. This is because gold - in its natural state - is yellow. So even when gold is alloyed with white metals to make "white gold," without rhodium finishing it will appear to be a warmer, cream-to-pale-yellow color.

  • Why Do I Have to Get My Ring Redipped?

    When a white gold ring is made, it is rhodium finished. You only need a very thin layer of rhodium to make your ring shine bright – which is good, because rhodium is the most expensive metal in the world! But as you wear the ring, the plating thins, and your ring starts looking closer to the warm yellow gold it’s made of. So you need to have it redipped from time to time to restore its luster.

Rhodium Plating

A Service from A&J Jewelers

The thin rhodium layer on your white gold ring is what makes gold (which is naturally yellow and warm) sparkle and shine like platinum. When the ring is new, the rhodium layer is fresh. Over time, this layer needs to be refurbished, bringing the ring back to its original brilliance each time.

How Often?

How often you get your ring redipped is up to you. Some people love the warmer gold tones of their white gold ring as the rhodium layer wears off. Others want it to look like platinum again. It also depends on how often you wear your ring, and how much you do with your hands. Just remember that there's nothing wrong with your ring if the rhodium layer starts to wear thin - it's to be expected.  Bring your ring in and we will be happy discuss it with you.

Is it Required?

Natural white gold is beautiful, warm, and lustrous. But it doesn't look like platinum! Many women prefer a natural white gold ring. It's entirely up to you, and we're happy to help you decide!

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