What is rhodium plated?


What is rhodium?

Rhodium, a member of the platinum family, is one of the most expensive metals in the world. It is heavily used to coat a layer on jewelry to provide a surface that will resist scratches and tarnish. Rhodium, also adds a beautiful extra shine to the jewelry 

Why is rhodium plating expensive?

Rhodium was discovered in 1803 in South America. Rhodium occurs natively with other platinum metals in river sands of the Urals and North and South America. The annual world production of rhodium is only 7 or 8 tons, which makes it very expensive to create a solid piece of jewelry out of it and so is used merely for plating only.

Why is rhodium plating done?

Rhodium plating is mainly done on precious metals to make it more durable and long lasting. Any object made of silver and silver alloys tend to discolor over a period of time with regular wear and tear. It starts with one small spot and then spreads quickly. It is caused by a reaction of metal with moist air, which contains chemical element sulfur. Silver surfaces react with this gas, where the silver sulfide forms and appears as a dark shadow or blemish. To prevent this process, silver jewelry can be covered in a protective coat of Rhodium during its manufacturing. It makes the surface of the jewelry hard and gives a beautiful shine. This process of giving a chemical bath to your jewelry is referred to as rhodium plating.

Does rhodium plating last forever?

The plating of something like a ring, which is worn every day that takes a lot of wear and tear, can wear away in few years but a plating of a necklace or earrings can never wear off with proper care. It can be passed on to several generations. To make sure the plating lasts longer, simply wipe off the surface of the jewelry after wearing it with a clean soft microfiber cloth.


Our Diamond Dust collection is plated with rhodium on a base of 925 sterling silver. The rhodium prevents our Diamond Dust jewelry from discoloring or tarnishing. The Diamond Dust collection is made with extreme precision and detail, where the surface of the jewelry lightly shimmers like diamonds when it touches the light. You can simply call it diamonds without the price tag.

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It is also one collection that has been most favored by men for gifting to their wife for their anniversaries or birthdays. There's a certain unique understated elegance to it, which makes it ideal for a date night or an evening out. The surface of the jewelry has a very subtle shimmer with a silk finish. It comes beautifully packaged in our custom made black and rose gold foil jewelry box. We also include your personal message with a beautiful card to make it extra special for your loved ones. We can also schedule a phone appointment to guide you select the right piece for yourself or that special gift for your lady. With free shipping and free returns, we go above and beyond to make your jewelry buying experience extremely easy at Veatge.

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