Rhodium is a precious metal of the platinum family. Rhodium plating is a process used to coat materials with a decorative and protective layer of rhodium which is extremely hard. It is used to give white gold (which is naturally a dull grey colour) its bright white sparkling look and greatly enhances the appearance of diamonds. It can also be used to coat yellow gold to give it the appearance of white gold for a rejuvenated look.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS AT ELOISE JEWELLERY FOR RHODIUM PLATING?
Here at Eloise Jewellery, we pride ourselves on the beautiful results of our thorough and extensive on-site rhodium plating session. Keep reading below to learn the Step-by-Step process!
When you first arrive in store, the front shop staff will check thoroughly over all your jewellery with a eye loop. At this point, if a jeweller is in house, the jewellery will be taken through to the onsite workshop to have a closer, second look under the microscope.
This is to identify any flaws in design, claw work, settings or stones. At this point, all issues highlighted by the jeweller will be passed on to the customer as an 'advisory' or 'requirement' before moving forward. If any further action is required before the rhodium plating session, a quote will be given.
Once the job has been agreed and the jewellery has been put into the workshop, the jewellery is polished by the jeweller. This removes all prior rhodium, taking the white gold back to it's natural colour. All signs of wear, including scratches, are also removed.
Jewellery is now placed along a copper wire and lowered into the sonic cleaner for up to 20 minutes. If there are stones set into the jewellery, the sonic cleaner will help to remove any dirt stuck behind the back of them. This small step will already bring a bright and colourful life back to the ring! Dirt which has been stuck inside intricate parts of the ring will also be loosened and removed in this process.
The last step of the 'Rhodium Plating' process.. and our favourite! Jewellery is now placed into rhodium for a total of 3 minutes to coat the entire item. This gives a lasting appearance of a bright and white finish.