Bad Ass Jewelry View Cart Checkout
Bad Ass Jewelry
Home  :: 
What is Rhodium?

What is Rhodium?

What is Rhodium?
Rhodium, definitively, is a metal that is part of the platinum family. Rhodium can be applied to base metals, gold, sterling silver, or some other alloy, to give it a shiny white surface like platinum. However, because rhodium is not plentiful, the process of rhodium plating on jewelry can be expensive. Nonetheless, rhodium plating provides protection for our sterling silver and white gold jewelry, coating it to help prevent tarnishes and scratches. A rhodium finish, however, is not impervious to the effects of everyday wear and abrasion. To limit wear, one should avoid household cleaning, gardening, and other activities that can quickly destroy the rhodium plating, thus exposing the slightly yellow tint of the white gold underneath. If wear does occur, most jewelry can be re-plated with rhodium at a local jeweler for a minimal cost. The plating on pendants and earrings lasts longer than on rings, as they are not exposed to friction. Here are some tips for keeping your rhodium plated jewelry looking its best.

  • Do not use any abrasive cloths for polishing.
  • Do not use chemical cleaners.
  • Clean only with mild soap and water.

Read Related Articles Below ...

What is Rhodium?