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    Rhodium plating

    The rhodium plating is a process which gives the white gold its ultra white colour by placing a coating over the existing metal. The rhodium plating on your ring should definitely last longer than a year. The process of rhodium plating requires a current to run through the metal.

    Three different type of wedding ring - polished, worn band, rhodium dipped

    The rhodium plating is a process which gives the white gold its ultra white colour by placing a coating over the existing metal.

    The rhodium plating on your ring should definitely last longer than a year. Although having said that, if the base colour of the white gold has a really yellow colour to it, then you might start to see the gold colour coming through at the base of the ring, before the end of the first year. Normally you should expect the plating to last 2-3 years.

    The process of rhodium plating requires a current to run through the metal. The rhodium then binds to the elements in the piece which conduct the current, causing the plating to take affect. As diamonds and gemstones don’t conduct electricity, they will be safe from the plating.

    Any metal that conducts a current is able to be plated. However as your yellow gold is really yellow, you may find it only takes about 6 months for the gold colour to show through at the back of your ring.

    You don't need rhodium plate your piece every year because every time your ring is rhodium plated, your old plating must first be striped off, all the old scratches taken out, cleaned and be prepared to have the new plating applied.

    For the rhodium plate usually will take around an hour and a half to complete the process but this depending on the complexity of your piece.