WHAT IS RHODIUM?
Rhodium is a silvery-white transition metal in the family of platinum. It holds the distinction of being the world’s most expensive precious metal. It has an atomic number of 45 and is about as nonreactive as gold. The only way to dissolve rhodium is with sulfuric acid. Part of rhodium’s appeal comes from its high reflectance, almost unique among the metals. It is sometimes used as an expensive and flashy alternative to silver in jewelry, on which it is sometimes plated. Some of the most expensive consumer items in the world are made from rhodium.You can find it in silver, gold and rose gold colour.
For rhodium plated jewellery, it involves plating the jewellery with a surface that guards against scratches that also gives a reflective appearance. It is most commonly found on white gold jewellery but can also be use on silver and other materials. Rhodium plating can also be referred to rhodium flashing or rhodium dip.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There are many upsides to rhodium plated jewellery: when applied as a thin plate, it affords a durable finish of exceptional brightness. Rhodium finishes can greatly enhance the appearance and longevity of any metal to which they are applied.
Rhodium will make your jewellery more resistant to scratches and, if it’s silver, less prone to tarnishing. Another popular benefit to rhodium plating is the fact that it makes your jewellery hypoallergenic. This is because is nickel-free. So if you have a nickel allergy, rhodium plated is a good option for you.
HOW LONG DOES RHODIUM PLATING LAST?
Because it is just plating it will wear off over time, however there are different factors that can affect how long rhodium plating lasts. Depending on how often you wear the piece of jewellery and how much wear and tear it gets it may need to be re-applied every couple years.
In pieces that are rhodium plated in gold or rose gold it’s very important to not have them close to parfums.
TAKING CARE ABOUT YOUR RHODIUM PLATED PIECES
To ensure rhodium plated jewellery lasts as lond as possible, keep it cleans with a mixture of mild liquid shampoo and a little water. Never use chemical cleaners on rhodium plated pieces, or ultrasonic cleaners that utilize chemicals. Don’t use polishing cloths intended for use on gold or silver jewellery, and ensure pieces are not in regular contact with hard surfaces. Non- abrasive, lint free, steak free, micro-fibre cloths are ideal.
Let all makeup and perfume dry before putting on jewellery. Wash any make up off jewellery with water and store in a protective box to avoid damage and wear when not worn. Carefully looked after rhodium plated jewellery will keep it fantastic, highly reflective finish and you can enjoy its beauty for years.