We stock plain silver jewellery and silver with gold, rose gold and rhodium plated on the surface. Rhodium is not as popular and well-known as the other two precious metals. As a growing number of our stock has rhodium plated on the surface and hopefully this article could help you make a decision when shopping.
Rhodium is a hard shiny silvery anti-corrosive hypoallergenic metal and one of the platinum metals including Platinum, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium, Osmium, and Palladium. The majority use of rhodium is in automobiles industry. It was also used in lighting, mirrors and writing instruments. Since the 1930s, rhodium has been used as a coating for jewellery especially silverware.
Rhodium plated silver is silver mostly 925 sterling silver coated in rhodium. Silver is very soft, it can be tarnished quickly and needs regular clean and care. Rhodium plating protects silver jewellery from scratches while wearing; also helps slow down silver oxidation.
Most silver jewellery with stones set tends to plate an extra layer of rhodium, which adds shininess and brings out the brilliance of the stones.
In terms of colour, rhodium has a bright stark white shade with no warm undertones.