Rhodium Plating for White Gold

Many may not be aware that white gold is not actually 100% white (or silvery in colour). It gets its silvery tone from a metal known as rhodium, part of the platinum family. White gold should be re-plated once a year or when it starts to dull, loose its silvery sheen, or when a yellow tint starts to appear. Read more to find out how we re-plate white gold from our Dublin workshop, what rhodium is and how much it costs.

Two white gold diamond rings that have been freshly plated with rhodium

Why Should You Re-Plate White Gold

Re-plating forms part of the maintenance required by white gold jewellery. Almost all white gold pieces have been plated with rhodium. Unfortunately, after time passes, wear and tear take its toll and the rhodium plating starts to fade away. This causes several aesthetic issues such as your jewellery developing a yellow tint or a dulling of the silvery sheen.

Our Rhodium Plating Process

Our process of re-plating white gold jewellery ensures that the best finish is produced. The first step is getting one of our experts to inspect your item to check if it needs to be re-plated or just needs a good clean and polish. If it looks like rhodium plating is needed, our experts will give your item a quick clean and check it once again. Once approved, your item will be thoroughly cleaned and stripped in acid – this ensures a perfect surface for the rhodium to bind to. The final stage involves electroplating your item in a bath of rhodium, rewashing, polishing and being released from the workshop looking brand new.

Bonus (especially for engagement rings): we will inspect the gemstones to make sure that the fittings are tight. This ensures that they are held firmly in place helping to prevent them from being lost.

Two white gold rings being replated with rhodium
Two white gold rings being replated with rhodium

Our Rhodium Plating Process

Our process of re-plating white gold jewellery ensures that the best finish is produced. The first step is getting one of our experts to inspect your item to check if it needs to be re-plated or just needs a good clean and polish. If it looks like rhodium plating is needed, our experts will give your item a quick clean and check it once again. Once approved, your item will be thoroughly cleaned and stripped in acid – this ensures a perfect surface for the rhodium to bind to. The final stage involves electroplating your item in a bath of rhodium, rewashing, polishing and being released from the workshop looking brand new.

Bonus (especially for engagement rings): we will inspect the gemstones to make sure that the fittings are tight. This ensures that they are held firmly in place helping to prevent them from being lost.

A white gold engagement ring that has been plated in rhodium

How Much Does Rhodium Plating Cost

Re-plating your white gold jewellery with a new layer of rhodium costs €30. The process takes about 3 – 4 hours and can be done on the same day if an appointment has been made. No appointment is necessary, but it may take longer than a day depending on the queue ahead.

Come by our jewellery workshop in Dublin or contact us for more info.

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