Rhodium Plating: Frequently Asked Questions


Do you own some white gold jewellery which perhaps isn’t looking, well, so white anymore? You may be aware that you can get the white-silver shine back in next to no time through rhodium plating, but perhaps you’ve got some questions about the process?

Many of our customers have questions about rhodium plating. Gidea Park based clients, and those in the surrounds, are often visiting us to have their white gold jewellery brought back to life, and here are just some of the questions we’ve been asked over the years about the process:

What is Rhodium Plating?

Rhodium is a durable metal which finishes jewellery in a dazzling white or silver colour. It also makes gold more resistant to corrosion, scratches and tarnishing.

To produce this effect, a fine layer of rhodium is applied over yellow gold or silver jewellery to increase its durability and shine.

Why is my White Gold Jewellery Turning Yellow?

Unfortunately, rhodium plating isn’t permanent, and will wear off over time due to everyday wear and tear. Exposure to the likes of oils and toiletries, washing up liquid and contact with other objects when carrying out your daily work and tasks can make the rhodium wear away.

How Long will Rhodium Plating Last?

This is a difficult question to answer, as everyone’s wear and tear is different, as is the piece of jewellery. For example, white gold on earrings will last longer than that on a wedding ring, as a ring is in constant contact with other substances as you use your hands.

How Can I Restore the White Gold Shine?

Fortunately, bringing your white gold jewellery back to life is easy. The rhodium plating can be replaced through a simple dipping process at your local jewellers. On average, white gold jewellery should be re-dipped approximately once every two years, but as mentioned above, you might find that some pieces wear more quickly than others.

Remember that you should take your jewellery to a jeweller who carries out rhodium plating on site, as this will mean that there’s no risk of your jewellery being lost in transit when it is sent away to have the rhodium plating carried out elsewhere.

If you have white gold pieces that are looking a little lacklustre, remember that you can bring them to EK Jewellers for replacement rhodium plating. Woodford customers, Hainault customers, and those all around can feel confident that we’ll bring your white gold jewellery back to life on site.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.