Rhodium plating is a technique that has been used for decades. It was first used in 1930, on silverware, lighters, and jewelry. It has many benefits and keeps jewelry looking beautiful and prevents tarnishing.
What is Rhodium?
Rhodium is a precious metal that is rarer than platinum or gold. It is also whiter than silver. It comes from the same metals group as platinum and is typically extracted from platinum mines as a byproduct.
Jewelry that is rhodium plated has a base metal of silver, gold, or another alloy that has a thin coating of rhodium. The coating, or plating, adds luster and strength to the piece. Jewelry that is rhodium plated is more durable and shinier than jewelry that is made from most other metals.
What are the Benefits of Rhodium Plated Jewelry?
Rhodium, which is harder than both gold and silver, is very strong and stands up to wear. Rhodium plated jewelry also doesn’t tarnish or require special cleaning procedures so it requires very little maintenance to retain its sparkle. In addition, Rhodium shines bright because it enhances both the reflectivity and luster of the underlying material whether gold or silver.
Since it is harder than most of the metals that jewelry is made of, it is a great way to protect your most precious pieces and make them last longer. Many people will get rhodium plating for their wedding rings and other pieces of jewelry that they want to last.
Rhodium plating is also a good choice if you have sensitivities or allergies to metals. It is hypoallergenic and can prevent skin irritation and allergic reactions.
What is the Lifespan of Rhodium Plating?
The lifespan of rhodium plating depends on several factors, including frequency of wear, what the piece may be exposed to, and the type of jewelry.
Necklaces and earrings that are rhodium plated may last for many years or even forever. Rings that are worn daily, like wedding rings, will likely have to be plated every few months to 1-3 years. You will know when it is time to get your jewelry replated when you can see worn places where the natural color of gold is visible.
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