Yellow is gold’s natural color.
What makes white gold LOOK white is not actually the gold, but the other metals in the alloy.
That, and the rhodium plating on the outside.
Underneath the rhodium plating, white gold jewelry naturally has a soft yellow glow from the gold. Rhodium, a metal in the platinum family, gives white gold the appearance of a bright, white, platinum-like metal. Like any plating, this thin layer of rhodium is not permanent and will wear away over time. It is impossible for us to predict how long the rhodium will last. Some people go years without needing a new rhodium plating, and some people need it every year or every six months. Luckily, it’s a quick fix and it takes place here in our store without your jewelry having to be shipped through the mail.
Here are some common questions we get about rhodium.
Can yellow gold be rhodium-plated?
Yes. At HPerry Jewelers, we are happy to rhodium-plate yellow or white gold, but we do not rhodium-plate sterling silver or platinum here.
How much does rhodium plating cost?
Our refurbish service starts at $35, but we also offer a Lifetime Spa Package to anyone who has purchased their ring from us for a one time fee of $70.
How can I make my rhodium plating last longer?
Try not to expose your rings to harsh chemicals. Take your jewelry off before bed, and don’t wear it in the pool or hot tub.
GIA Diamonds Graduate, GIA AJP
Designer and Consultant for HPerry Jewelers since 2013