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Rhodium Plating 

Rhodium is considered best in class of all the platinum metals family for resistance to corrosion and tarnish. Rhodium will also remain bright and shiny under most environmental conditions. Not surprisingly, of all the metals in this group, rhodium is by far the most expensive to utilize. Rhodium is nearly 4x as expensive as platinum, and 9x as expensive as gold.


Rhodium is the most tarnish resistant member of the platinum metals group. As a protective coating, rhodium finishes virtually eliminate any chance of surface discolouring even when exposed to extreme environmental conditions under normal temperatures. The surface hardness of plated rhodium is also the highest of the precious metals, and is thus highly resistant to incidental scratching and abrasion. Rhodium plated finishes are best in class for wearability among the precious metals.


Additionally, rhodium is hypoallergenic. White gold normally employs nickel to provide the whiteness of white gold; however, approximately 20% of women will have some form of allergy to nickel. Thus, by rhodium plating, a possible allergen is removed from contacting your skin. The one exception to that is on white gold stud earrings. Because the butterfly of the earring drags along the post, the post will not remain plated for long. In those instances where nickel may be a problem, we recommend using platinum posts/butterflies on a white gold setting, or simply going with platinum earrings.


Rhodium plating can dramatically increase the long term durability, brightness and lustre of the finish. Because it is plating, it will wear off over time. How soon depends on how much wear and tear the jewellery item takes. However, KJS can easily polish and re-plate your jewellery, to bring back the original shine and lustre that only rhodium can provide.