Rhodium plating, also known as "dipping" is a process that is applied to all white gold rings. Gold is a naturally, well, a gold/yellowish colored alloy, and it is mixed with different semi-precious to precious metals that are "white" in color to give it a whiter look, and then rhodium is applied to it after an extensive cleaning and polish. Rhodium can only be applied to a clean, polished and dry ring (absent or any dust or dirt particles) by the process of electro-plating. Prior to applying rhodium, a deep clean and polish is performed to take of any scratches and debris from the ring/jewelry. It’s natural for white gold to fade, sometimes yellowing. Depending on wear and tear, and how acidic your skin is, rhodium plating can be done on an as needed basis.
What is Rhodium Plating? Rhodium is a silver white metal that belongs to the platinum group of metals. It does not oxidize and maintains a bright white appearance. Rhodium plating is often performed on gold and silver jewelry to enhance their white, reflective appearance. For white gold jewelry and rings, jewelers will apply a microscopic layer of rhodium to 14K or 18K white gold by an electroplating procedure.
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