Rhodium is nothing but a silver – white substance, and it is considered as a metamorphosis metal on the periodic table. It belongs to the family of platinum along with ruthenium and osmium. It is also considered as a rare and precious metal.
Depending on the market value, Rhodium is often the most costly and precious metals; an ounce is usually priced between $2500 to $3000, but the price can vary widely. Rhodium is an extremely durable metal and resistant to scratches and tarnish and its characteristics are enormously reflective to highlight.
Rhodium plating and how it is done?
Rhodium plating which is also known as rhodium flashing is a technique that costs a fine layer of the metal over platinum, white gold, and silver Jewellery to enhance their shine and performance. This technique of plating is temporary and might wear off in time. The durability depends on the usage and the thickness of the original plating. For instance, a wedding ring which is used daily might require another plate in 2 – 3 years. If the plating which was performed initially was thin, extremely, an extra plating might be needed in the next few months to 1 year.
Jewellery plating solutions and re- plating them don’t consume time and most professional jewelers provide this service.
The thickness of Rhodium plating
Rhodium plating should ideally be from 0.75 to 1.5 microns. That is, the coating must be the thickness of your hair, which is approximately hundred microns.
The cost of Rhodium plating.
To ensure quality plating at an increased thickness might cost $150 to $250 dollars. Thicker plating which might wear off in a few months might cost you around $30 to $40 dollars.
Tips for buying Rhodium plated Jewellery
Jewellery sellers and retailers are not always upfront about this metal treatment on their pieces – this is especially fact – based for sellers that specialize in cheap white gold and silver pieces of rhodium plated metal pieces such as copper and nickel. If you buy a piece accidentally that is treated with a thin layer, then you can notice it shine is dulled and becoming discolored. So to avoid such mistakes, buy a Jewellery piece that has a thick coating of rhodium.