Metal Rhodium and 'Rhodium Plating'
Rhodium as metal
Rhodium is a precious metal that belongs to the family of ‘platinum’. It’s found as in very small quantities within platinum ores, making it very expensive, almost 20 times the cost of gold. Though the metal is very hard, it’s also so brittle that if used by itself, it can crack like a glass. On the other hand, when used as plating on other metal, it increases the durability of that metal. Rhodium plating isn’t new, its been in existence since close to a century now.
'Black Rhodium' is created by binding an ink dye with Rhodium. All the metal's properties & benefits remain intact even post this step.
What is Rhodium plated jewelry?
Rhodium plated jewelry, is the jewelry that is coated with a very thin layer of Rhodium using the process of electroplating.
Benefits of Rhodium plating for silver jewelry
- First and foremost, it of course adds on to a beautiful lustre to your jewelry.
- Also 'Black Rhodium' plating is quite popular amongst jewelry designers, to create designs that standout.
- As we mentioned already Rhodium is a very hard metal (6 on a scale of 1-10), where as silver is extremely soft rated as 3. By plating the silver jewelry with Rhodium, the durability of your jewelry enhances.
- Rhodium imparts extra-ordinary brightness & reflective mirror-like sheen to the jewelry.
- We all know silver tarnishes easily when exposed to atmosphere. When plated with Rhodium, it protects silver jewelry for tarnishing, scratches and corrosions.
- Rhodium is also a non-reactive, hypo-allergic metal. Hence if you get skin reactions from your jewelry, it might be a good option have have your favorite pieces 'Rhodium Plated'.
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Durability of 'Rhodium' plating
Like any plating, rhodium plating does wear off too, with time. However its much durable a plating as compared to all others, making is last for years, if you do take good care of your Rhodium plated jewelry.
How to take care of 'Rhodium Plated' jewelry
- Avoid frequent washing or rubbing the plated jewelry. It is always wise to remove and store your jewelry while daily chores, which can constantly rub the ornament surface.
- Remove the jewelry for swimming and chlorine in the pool water can cause damages to the plating
- Avoid exposing your jewelry to any kind of
- Perfumes and cosmetics can also affect rhodium plating. Avoid contact with perfumes & cosmetics, which can also damage rhodium plating. Wipe the jewelry clean, to remove any residues of your makeup after every use.