Why Jewelers Prefer Rhodium over Silver (And You Should Too)
Why Rhodium? What is Rhodium?
Rhodium is a Metallic element similar to Platinum and Gold. It basically belongs to the group of platinum but it is actually quite a bit more expensive than traditional jewelry metals such as Platinum or Gold.
The best thing about the material itself is that it is simultaneously shiny, silver-toned, attractive and does not fade or corrode. The material is extremely hard and difficult to shape. While it cannot be used to make jewelry, it can be an excellent plating over Sterling Silver to provide both durability and long-lasting shine.
Sterling silver itself has a great color and shine - but as we all know from Silver teapots, spoons and vases - they quickly tarnish. Just a few microns of Rhodium plating keeps the same look of Sterling Silver, but lasts for many years. It also adds a nice layer of durability to the jewelry. It is Rhodium that allows for the material of silver to maintain its bright and sharp appearance.
Durability and Anti-Corrosive Bonus
Rhodium plating increases the durability of the silver itself. It makes jewelry much more scratch resistant - and helps aide in the protection against mild corrosive chemicals found in many cleaning agents. A micro-thin layer of Rhodium is a great protector against the common elements.
Rhodium plated jewelry looks and shines better in almost all cases. It is also safe to wear. Rhodium is hypoallergenic and does not cause any times or rashes or reaction from your skin.
Rhodium plated jewelry is a good choice but not always needed. It depends upon the final look you are seeking - if you want a more antique look - then Rhodium is not a good choice. If you want added shine and durability - Rhodium is the right choice. When needed SilverAndGold will offer or provide the plating on jewelry - it will be clearly mentioned whether or not Rhodium plating is used.
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