What is Rhodium Plating?

If you love jewelry like we do, chances are you’ve heard of a little something called rhodium plating. But what is it, exactly? What are the benefits? Is it right for you? We asked the experts at Dondero Jewelry about this plating and why it might be wise for jewelry-wearers to consider a trip to the jeweler. In short, rhodium is a precious metal from the platinum family. It is used in plating jewelry for myriad purposes like protection and enhanced appearance.  

Read on below to discover five reasons rhodium plating may be a smart decision for your jewelry.

The Benefits of Rhodium Plating

It’s more durable.

Jewelry plated with rhodium has increased durability, which means you don’t have to worry as much about dings or impressions in the metal. Rhodium is a hard metal, so when it’s applied to, let’s say a wedding band, you’re getting more protection with the plating. But that’s not all it’s good for…

It boosts shine.

Rhodium plating is often used to boost the shine of silvery metals or to restore the luster of tarnished jewelry. The smooth, shiny, white finish can really enhance the appearance of your piece and make it look like new, says Dondero Jewelry. Rhodium plating can even intensify the brilliance of diamonds on a ring, as the shine reflects more light that then passes through the stones.

It’s more resistant to scratches.

Jumping back to how rhodium plating increases the durability of your jewelry, it goes further than guarding against impressions in your piece. It resists scratching, too, making your jewelry more resilient to everyday wear.

It’s hypoallergenic

And yes, it’s safe to wear! Rhodium is hypoallergenic, so if your skin is sensitive to certain metals, there won’t be any reaction. According to Dondero Jewelry, rhodium does not contain any allergens such as nickel, so you can be free to wear without irritation.

It can be used to recolor jewelry.

If you have a gold piece such as a wedding band or engagement ring and wish to change its color to white, rhodium plating can be used to achieve the right hue. If your sterling silver piece is tarnished, rhodium plating will help color correct the dull, darkening metal.

There’s more than one reason why rhodium plating may be a smart decision for your jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a sparkling shine or allergy-free jewelry, this precious metal is precious for a reason.

Want to know more about the pricing of rhodium plating or how quick the process is? Contact Dondero Jewelry in Vineland, NJ, for all jewelry questions and needs: 856.691.1164.

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