Rhodium Plating

May 29, 2013 · Print This Article

Rhodium is one of the six members of the platinum group of metals and we provide an electroplating finishing service in three of these; platinum, rhodium and palladium.

Rhodium plating is often used on white gold to give it a nice bright white look. This is due to the fact that white gold is simply yellow gold with the addition of other metals to give it a white appearance, hence a man-made not naturally occurring metal.

There are various grades of white gold, the poorer being more yellow in appearance. Once rhodium plated the cheaper, more yellow, grades will look identical to the best grade of white gold and over time you will notice your nice bright white gold ring turning yellow; this is simply the rhodium plating wearing off revealing the true colour of the white gold underneath.

Being harder than platinum, rhodium can be brittle and prone to internal stressing and is only plated to a thin flash layer which is why white gold jewellery worn on a daily basis often has to be re-rhodium plated every 6 months or so. Rhodium plated jewellery worn on a less frequent basis can last for many years.

Another benefit of rhodium is to use it as a flash coat on silver jewellery and ornamental items to provide a tarnish free bright white appearance that requires virtually no polishing to maintain it.

Our rhodium plating will provide a scratch resistant, hard wearing, beautiful bright white lustrous finish that will enhance all your jewellery.

Please take a look at the images on our gallery page showing previous work and projects.

If you are interested in having something rhodium plated or have any questions regarding our rhodium plating service then please contact us.


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