Gold and Silver Jewellery - What is Rhodium Plating?

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When looking to buy gold and silver jewellery, you may notice some sellers mentioning "Rhodium Plating".
So, what exactly does that mean?

Rhodium is a member of the platinum family and is commonly used on quality gold and silver jewellery to enhance shine and durability.

It is a precious metal that is much more expensive than gold but it is generally not feasible to make jewellery from as it can be brittle and difficult to work with and its price can be extremely volatile (ranging from 5 to 25 times more costly than gold).

It is, however, fabulous for plating, as it is harder and brighter than white gold and gives silver a longer, scratch free appearance. Rhodium plating makes diamonds look bigger and better and provides a surface that resists tarnish.

It is the most reflective of all the metals and can be best described as white and mirror-like, similar to chrome but much whiter. It will eventually wear off and need replating, but this can easily be done by a jeweller.

At Shiny Pleasures, we offer genuine solid gold and silver jewellery at affordable prices. We have a large range of  rhodium plated jewellery so you can shop with confidence knowing that you are buying quality.

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