Rhodium is a precious metal, a member of the platinum family and is 100 times rarer than gold. Rhodium plating increases the strength and durability of your ring while giving it a bright white, mirror-like appearance. Rhodium plating is not permanent and it will wear off in time depending on how much the jewelry piece is worn. For example, rhodium plating on a necklace or a pair of earrings should last many years. An engagement ring or a wedding ring, which is exposed to more wear, usually requires to be rhodium plated every 1-2 years.
Tips to make your rhodium plating last longer:
- Some chemicals may react with the white gold rhodium plating and it is advisable to take off your rings while you are working with them.
- Wedding sets that are not soldered together and constantly spinning are more likely to wear away the rhodium plating.
- Don’t swim wearing your jewelry as the chlorine and other chemicals added to swimming pools and hot tubs can strip the rhodium plating.