Rhodium Plating for Two-Tone Jewellery


There’s a good reason that two-tone jewellery is so popular at the moment. Many people like to wear both yellow and white gold and by picking certain two-tone pieces you can bridge the gap between the two.

But did you know that often two-tone jewellery isn’t two types of metal at all? In actual fact, two-tone jewellery is often created by using rhodium plating techniques.

It’s quite an art form to rhodium plate two-tone jewellery but that’s not to say that the final outcome isn’t worth it! Read on to find out just how your two-tone pieces are created:

How is Two-Tone Jewellery Created?

There are two ways of creating two-tone jewellery. One technique is to use two different types of metal – such as different coloured gold or even titanium mixed with other metals – and fusing them together to create one piece. This gives a sharp, crisp look to both metals.

Alternatively, a two-tone piece may be made by creating one yellow gold piece and using rhodium plating to turn parts of it into a sparkling silvery-white. Different skills are involved in both types of two-tone jewellery, but precision is key when using rhodium plating to create a two-tone piece.

Rhodium plated two-tone jewellery is sometimes criticised as it doesn’t have such a crispness to it, but it’s certainly a more cost-effective way of creating jewellery of different colours, so it shouldn’t be dismissed.

The Art of Rhodium Plating Two-Tone Jewellery

Unlike when a piece of pure white gold jewellery is restored, two-tone jewellery can’t simply be dipped into the rhodium plating to give it back its sparkle. Instead the jeweller will have to use a rhodium pen to touch it up by hand, which takes considerable skill.

It’s important that you go to a jeweller that you trust to have two-tone jewellery replated. If you use an inexperienced jeweller, you run the risk of the white or silver part of the jewellery looking ragged or less sharp than it should once the rhodium plating has been touched up.

A good indication of a jeweller that you can rely on is one which carries out rhodium plating on the premises, as you know your jewellery will be safe.

Caring for Two-Tone Jewellery

Just as you would look after any piece of jewellery, common sense is key when it comes to looking after two-tone jewellery. It’s important not to wear your jewellery when swimming or in a spa, or when doing heavy cleaning or painting, for example.

You should be especially careful with two-town jewellery, however, with certain activities such as cleaning, as you could spoil the look of two-tone jewellery by dropping cleaning chemicals onto the rhodium plated parts which could then wear unevenly in comparison to the unplated parts.

If you want to keep the overall look of the piece in mint condition you should also have the rhodium plating restored on a regular basis. How quickly this wears depends on your lifestyle and occupation, but it’s recommended to have it replaced approximately once a year.

Ensure your pieces are taken to a jeweller that carries out rhodium plating on the premises, as that way you’ll know that there’s no risk of loss in transit. We are one such jeweller - based in Hainault and right near Loughton - that carries out rhodium plating on the premises, so feel free to entrust your two-tone jewellery to us.


Posted on by Ian Tubby.