Rhodium might not sound fabulous at all. But when it comes to jewelry, it indeed is.
If you have not heard what rhodium plating is, it is a process of adding an additional layer to your piece of jewelry. This ''coat'' makes the piece silvery-white, improves its durability as well as decreases the chances of damaging and scratching.
Rhodium, for those of you who don't know, is one of the 118 chemical elements of the periodic table. It goes by the symbol -Rh- and 45 is Rhodium's atomic number.
This element is a hard, chemically dormant, corrosion-resistant, rare transition metal. It also is a part of the platinum group which is consisted of five other metals such as palladium, platinum, osmium, ruthenium, and iridium.
A lot of "iums" there right?
Well, today, rhodium is one of the world's most expensive precious metal and it finds a great amount of usage in the jewelry industry. Jewelry and rhodium go hand-in-hand as it is commonly used for rhodium plating.
Rhodium plating also goes by rhodium flashing or rhodium dip. The reasons behind jewelry's plating with rhodium are diverse, but it all comes down to looks and durability.
As we mentioned, rhodium is a very hard metal. Therefore, rhodium plating is used to harden the pieces of jewelry and make them more resistant to scratches.
The main practice of rhodium plating has a density of .75 to 1.0 microns and it is mainly used for plating of metals such as silver, white gold, palladium, and platinum.
Rhodium plating is very beneficial for the jewelry, especially when it comes to rings. Because of the fact that it is highly resistant to corrosion, it is a common practice to use rhodium in ring plating.
As for any other piece of jewelry, rhodium plating enhances the overall appearance because of its high reflectivity. Also, it positively impacts the appearance of diamonds as it leads to clearer and brighter looks of the diamonds. Rhodium plating simply causes jewelry to shine bright and look flawless. Is there anything else we can ask for?
Oh, yes there is.
Having a ring that looks stunning, the next thing we want is for that piece of jewelry to last a long time. Well, rhodium plating is kind of invented for that purpose as well.
Anything plated with rhodium lasts longer due to its hardness. Besides the corrosion protection, rhodium plating also prevents the jewelry from getting damaged.
And, last but not least rhodium plating reduces the chances of allergic reactions.
As we all know, most of the jewelry, especially the rings we buy are made of white gold. White gold consists a fair share of nickel. In case you did not know, nickel is one of the most common sources for allergic reactions. Plating the jewelry with rhodium layers help mitigating allergy reactions. In some cases, it completely eradicates the allergic experiences.
Now that we have gone through the scientific benefits of rhodium plating, we don't really see a reason why not to buy rhodium plated jewelry.
It will significantly improve your jewelry's durability as well as heighten its beauty.
If you are already thinking of adding new additions to your jewelry collection, rhodium plated rings and necklaces are our sincerest recommendation. They look dazzling and won't irritate your skin.
You can also rhodium plated pieces of jewelry you already have in possession. The frequency of the re-plating should depend on different factors such as the original color of the metal beneath, the plating thickness and of course the repetitiveness of wearing that piece.
So, as you can see, there are a lot of benefits of rhodium plating as well as choices.
The truth is, rhodium plating is an extremely common practice when it comes to rings.
Here is the interesting part.
Even though rhodium is a very hard metal, it is considered to be too brittle and fragile to make jewelry pieces out of it. Rhodium also is among the most expensive materials, therefore, the jewelry industry does not have a tradition of making original rhodium rings and necklaces.
However, they do tend to take great advantage of the rhodium and use it to plate jewelry with it in order to harden the composition.
Besides all of this, rhodium as a precious metal, makes the rings, necklaces, and earrings look even more beautiful and add great quality.
There really is a wide range of styles and designs of rhodium plated pieces of jewelry that can be found on the market today.
We mentioned earlier, most of the plating process is done on rings since they are most susceptible to corrosion and are most frequently worn pieces of jewelry.
Here, the rhodium layer is just a great addition to their beauty. When plating, rhodium is also frequently used in filigree rings because metal is their authentic texture.
Rings such as Filigree Crest Silver Ring are truly a contemporary form of art with ancient history. It is a genuine and remarkable statement piece of jewelry that fits any style.
This is not where rhodium plating usage stops.
Without a doubt, many other kinds and forms of rings prefer rhodium plating.
Take the Aurora Oval Silver Ring as an example. This ring is sprinkled with many crystals, which as we know rhodium helps a lot with.
Due to its high reflectivity, it helps crystals shine brighter, allowing the Aurora ring to have a natural touch of endless elegance.
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Moving on to the eternity bands, classic and delicate rings there are truly many accessible choices.
Cleo Interlocking Circles Ring is a lovely circular ring design complimented by zirconia accents. The shiny rhodium plating gives the ring a unique look and helps it stand out from the rest of the designs.
Far from the circle shape, the Jenna Parallel Silver Ring is a parallel design of a ring also contained with cubic zicronia. The stunning look of this ring improves every style you might wear any part of the day.
Lastly, we would like to finish with nothing but a classic.
Mona Three Stone Ring is another companion in this large group of rhodium plated rings. This pure classic ring has a set of three gemstones set atop. The available coloring of the gems can be either ruby red or olive. The rhodium plated band helps style meet elegance and creates an even timeless look.
As this is just a small amount of our selections, there really is no telling which else ring designs and styles rhodium plating can be used for.
Are you convinced yet?