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What is Rhodium?

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Rhodium, atomic element Rh on the periodic table of elements is a sheen white metal. It is the rarest of all non-radioactive metals on Earth. Its annual production is only 3 tonnes a year.

Rhodium is a member of platinum group (PGM), which includes iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. Rhodium is one of three metals from this group used for jewelry. Not surprisingly, rhodium is the most expensive metal of this group and is the best in resistance to corrosion and tarnish under most environmental conditions. It is durable, hard and highly reflective.

Rhodium is often used as an alloying element for hardening platinum and palladium. Such alloys are very popular in different fields of engineering industry. For jewelry rhodium is used as for plating. White gold and platinum jewelry is often plated with rhodium to increase its wear ability and prevent scratching.

Rhodium is also hypoallergenic. Rhodium protective coating is useful for white gold which often contains nickel to give it a white sheen look. It is well known that nickel is not biocompatible and approximately 15% of people suffer from some kind of allergies to nickel. Thus rhodium serves as an additional layer between skin and base metal preventing skin from irritation.

In additional to its physical properties, rhodium has a beautiful bright white look peculiar only to rhodium. Gem-Fashion offers a vast collection of silver fashion jewelry plated with rhodium. Any plating wears off. How soon, it depends on how much wear a jewelry item takes and how heavy is the layer. For our jewelry we use 5 to 10 micron. which is good for many years. Virtually any jeweler can re-plate your jewelry once it starts showing any wear marks.

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gaurav bhalla, 2011-08-23 08:08:11
i want to know how to do rhodium on jwewllery. m also runing a rhodium plant but some time i dont get best results. can u help me plz?
Gustavo Rodriguez, 2011-04-24 10:08:11
can i recoat mi chain with Rh?
sertan cavusoglu, 2011-01-07 03:14:22
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Please check our site and contact us, we would be happy to hear from you.

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Tahir, 2010-10-09 02:03:33
this is my job i like it
judith jacobs, 2010-09-12 17:36:56
How sturdy is this method. Does it chip? Scratch off? Can you shower with the jewelry on? Thank you. Judith
Brady, 2009-12-28 17:59:17
I have a question? Will rhodium plating ruin or tarnish if it is put through one of the ultrasonic cleaners?
gordon caley pittsburgh, 2009-01-24 18:40:25
i took a two toned engagement ring in to have it reaired and refinished. it came back totally rhodiumed with no gold plating. can the yellow gold be brought back?
Massimo Cappellini - Bangkok, 2008-10-13 00:14:18
Yes, it is reversable but you have to go to a very good jeweller. Friendly speeking, to get the same yellow tone is very difficoult also because of oxidations and other processes that insist in the final colour.
Sheila Unbehaun, 2008-02-27 08:35:02
I have a two-tone 18K wedding set. I took it in to have it rhodiumed. They changed the yellow gld white. Is this reversible? Can they change the yellow back to white gold exactly as it was before? Thank you
Luiz Emilio Alcoforado, 2007-10-25 19:41:39
How to clean a rhodium bracelet?
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