What is Rhodium Plated?
Rhodium is a precious metal found in the periodic table of elements in the family of platinum. It is an inert metal, which means that it is resistant to corrosion and oxidation in moist air.
Most gold jewelry is rhodium plated.
Is Rhodium Jewelry Hypoallergenic?
If you have a sensitivity to metals, rhodium plated jewelry could be the right choice for you. Rhodium plated jewelry is nickel-free, which makes it hypoallergenic. Most of white jewelry consists of yellow gold mixed with a small amount of nickel to give it the white color.
Pros and Cons
There are many upsides and a few potential downsides to rhodium plated jewelry.
Some of the upsides are that rhodium plated jewelry is highly reflective. This can increase the shine and luster of your jewelry. Because it's plating it can also make the jewelry more resistant to scratches and tarnishing. One of the biggest upsides for some people is that it is hypoallergenic, so people with nickel allergies can wear this type of jewelry.
Some downsides are that it is just plating so it does wear out and can need to be re-dipped or re-plated every so often. How often your jewelry needs to be re-dipped varies from person-to-person and how much wear and tear the piece of jewelry gets.
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