Rhodium.........what is it and why do we use it?

Rhodium.........what is it and why do we use it?

Sometimes we take for granted whether or not our jargon is actually understood by people. And by people we mean YOU! Sometimes simply writing "rhodium plated sterling silver" isn't quite enough of an explanation. So, with this in mind, we thought we would compile a series of jargon-busting blogs to clarify just exactly what some of that stuff means. And where better to start than with the example above? Here goes from the T.O.P. 

The word Rhodium derives from the Greek word "rhodon", meaning rose, which takes it name from its salts which are, you guessed it, rose-red in colour. Rhodium sits within the platinum group alongside five other metals: platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium and ruthenium. Because rhodium does not react to oxygen easily it is also classified as a noble metal. It acts as a fantastic catalyst and is resistant to corrosion and oxidation. Rhodium is also the rarest of the platinum group and is considered to be one of the most valuable metals in the world.

We use rhodium because, put simply, it makes your sterling silver pieces sparkle! They stay shiny and white for longer with increased lustre and durability. Rhodium plating jewellery can also make it more resistant to scratches and less prone to tarnishing. Gone are the days when you needed a silver polishing cloth to remove the black tarnish - save your elbow grease for those antique candlesticks!

So now you know what rhodium plating is all about, why not shop some of our rhodium plated pieces? Click on the images below to check out the product.

Silver Geo-Heart necklace -  in rhodium plated sterling silver £30.

Daydream Silver - £32.

Geo-Butterfly - £30.

Believe - £25.

Mini Silver Geo-Heart Bracelet - £26.

Mini Silver Geo-Heart Necklace - £24.

Silver Bead Ear Studs - £16.