Metal is not just its color. That's why choosing rhodium plating, pure silver, or platinum is not a trivial matter. They are all silver in color, but the difference lies in durability, gloss, and price. If you are looking for a high-quality ring, necklace, or earring that is bright white and can capture light, then rhodium plated jewelry is your best choice. Rhodium plating provides protection from hard hitting and illuminating surrounding gemstones. Rhodium may be the additional highlight you are looking for. To help you decide whether rhodium jewelry is suitable for you, we have compiled and answered some of the most common questions about this metal.
Definition of Rhodium Plating
Rhodium is the whitest and most precious metal used in jewelry. It is rarer than gold or platinum and whiter than silver. This metal is rarely discovered and is usually extracted as a byproduct of platinum ore. Rhodium and platinum belong to the same metal group (known as the platinum group), which includes platinum, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, osmium, and palladium. Rhodium's extremely high gloss, reflectivity, and strength make it very popular in industries such as automobiles, lighting, mirrors, and jewelry.
What is rhodium plating?
Rhodium plating refers to jewelry made of base metals such as gold, silver, or other alloys, which are coated with a thin layer of rhodium to increase strength and luster. Rhodium plated jewelry is more shiny and durable than other metals. Rhodium plating does not scratch, dent, or corrode, and maintains its luster.
What color is rhodium?
Rhodium is a vibrant silver white with high reflectivity. We choose rhodium plated jewelry instead of designing platinum or platinum because of its brilliance and quality. Other colors, such as black, rose, or yellow, can be added to rhodium through ink binding.
Black rhodium plating
During the electroplating process, black ink can be added to rhodium by combining it with metal. Black rhodium plating has a avant-garde and mysterious appearance, but maintenance is expensive. Rhodium plating requires occasional retouching, and the requirement for re plating with black rhodium increases costs.