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Why Your White Designer Jewellery Needs Rhodium Plating

Should the shine of your one true love—your designer jewellery—fade away? Of course not!

If you have white metal jewellery, like a white gold ring, and you want to keep its distinct and exuberant sheen and beauty, chances are you’ve heard of rhodium plating, or sometimes dubbed as rhodium dipping or flashing.

But what exactly is this and why your jewellery needs this? Don’t worry! You’re not the only one who has had to ask a lot of questions regarding rhodium plating and whether it is right for your jewellery.

Let’s get elementary

Belonging to the platinum family, rhodium is a rare precious silver-white hard metal. Compared with gold and other precious metals, rhodium is more reflective, holding the distinction as one of the most expensive precious metal on the planet.

Additionally, being a noble or inert metal, rhodium is corrosion- and oxidation-resistant in moist air, thus increasing the durability of designer jewellery it plates.

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Why decide to have rhodium plating for your jewellery?

Often, rhodium plating is added to silver and white gold jewellery, such as wedding bands and engagement rings, to retain and enhance their lustre, durability and shine. Moreover, this plating also will make the metal more resistant to scratches.

Rhodium plating helps make silver jewellery be less prone to tarnishing.

But the biggest upside to rhodium is that it is nickel free. In other words, it is hypoallergenic. Most white jewellery contains yellow gold mixed with minimum amounts of nickel, giving “white gold” its colour.

If you’re one of the increasing number of people allergic to nickel, then it makes sense to wisely choose your metals. Always ask your jeweller whether or not the metal you’re eyeing for contains traces of nickel.

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Are there disadvantages?

While rhodium plating can indeed vastly enhance the durability and shine of your jewellery, it is still just that—plating! It means it will not last forever and over time wear off, depending on how much wear and tear your jewellery takes.

You will have to periodically send to the jewellery and have your jewellery re-plated. Typically, you need to have the plating re-applied every couple of years, but again, depending on wear.

In fact, the plating also wears off more quickly compared with others depending on your body chemistry. Make sure to keep an eye out for your jewellery.

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Often, jewellers offer free rhodium plating when you purchase your designer jewellery from them, or they sometimes offer extended warranty. So if you opt on having your jewellery rhodium-plated, make sure to check the policy of your jeweller.