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Want to add a brand new shine to your dull and worn jewellery? We specialise in the highest quality rhodium solutions and professional polishing services at our on-site workshop in Adelaide. Read about our commonly asked questions and helpful information on rhodium plating your jewellery.
What is Rhodium Plating?
Rhodium plating is a metal coating that is electroplated to gold to create a high shine and crisp white finish. Since gold in its natural state is yellow, white gold is mixed with other white-coloured metals to change the colour. The resulting white gold can still have a slightly yellowish-grey dull appearance. Adding a layer of rhodium creates a beautiful white polish on the surface. Rhodium belongs to the platinum family, which is harder than gold. Therefore, rhodium-plated jewellery adds a little extra protection from scratches, tarnishing and daily wear.
How long does rhodium plating last?
As a general rule, it will last around 12 to 18 months. Although stronger than gold, rhodium will be susceptible to wear and tear. Rings will need to be rhodium plated more regularly than earrings or pendants as they have more impact with surfaces and hand sanitisers, soaps and perfumes. To ensure your rhodium plating lasts longer, remember to remove rings before you shower, do gardening, swim in a chlorinated pool or workouts at the gym. Also when you wash your hands and before you go to bed.
Is rhodium plating hypoallergenic?
Yes! Rhodium plating doesn’t contain any metals like nickel that can commonly cause skin irritation. In fact, if you have an allergy to certain metals found in gold jewellery, adding a layer of rhodium plating creates a barrier and reduces irritation.
How much does rhodium plating cost?
Depending on the ring design, turnaround time and the quality of the solution, rhodium plating in Adelaide can range between $70 to $120.
Our rhodium plating jewellery service is $70 per ring, and we only use the highest grade rhodium solution ensuring a perfect polish and finish.
For a free, no-obligation quote for other styles of jewellery, contact us today.
Does rhodium plating damage diamonds?
No, your diamonds are safe. The process of electroplating rhodium to a ring utilises an electric current that passes through the metal. This process bonds the rhodium solution only to the metal. But be aware that other softer gems like emerald, pearl, opal or heavily included stones can be susceptible to damage during the process. Heat friction from polishing off the old rhodium, the heat from ultrasonic cleaning and the acids found in rhodium solutions can cause issues. In these instances, it will be safer to remove the gemstones and reset them after, and this will cost more.
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How much time does rhodium plating a ring take?
For a faster turnaround time, the rhodium plating should be performed by an experienced jeweller that offers onsite jewellery services. Usually retail jewellery stores will send your ring to an external subcontractor.
Our expert jewellers are in our studio, located at 14 James Place Adelaide and can provide 2-hour rhodium plating while you are in the city.
The added benefit of utilising our in-studio service is we can also provide you with a free maintenance assessment to ensure your jewellery is in safe and secure condition.
Can you rhodium plate yellow gold or sterling silver?
Yes, you can. Many people like to change the look of their jewellery, and adding white gold to yellow gold is a common request. Bear in mind that this will look faded and yellow much quicker than a white gold ring, so that it will need more upkeep. Also, the process of professionally polishing the old rhodium plating off removes small layers of gold each time, and may wear your ring down thinner prematurely.
Silver can be rhodium plated to stop tarnishing. Still, with sterling silver being naturally white and relatively reasonable in price, the plating can potentially be more expensive than the initial silver ring purchase.
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