WHITE RHODIUM & BLACK RHODIUM, BLACK GOLD PLATING
What Is White Rhodium Plating? White rhodium is a rare precious metal in the platinum family. When electroplated onto metal jewelry, white rhodium will leave a bright white and reflective finish.
Black Rhodium, Black Gold, and Black Ruthenium is a surface treatment created by chemically binding a black ink to a White Rhodium metal solution. Jewelry plated with Black Rhodium or Black Ruthenium, will have a uniquely dark and shiny reflective finish. This dark gunmetal color is also known by jewelers as "black gold".
Plating is done using an electroplating process. Electroplating is the process of coating one metal or metal object with a very thin layer of another metal, typically by applying a direct electric current. This creates a chemical bond between them and coats the surface of the metal jewelry with a thin layer of metal such as white rhodium, black rhodium, and gold for decorative purposes.
Please Wear With Extra Care. All plated jewelry must be worn with extra care. The plated coating is fragile and is not waterproof nor scratch proof, therefore all plated jewelry should be kept dry and worn with extra care to help preserve the integrity of the plated surface. Keep all plated jewelry away from abrasive surfaces and objects that may scratch or chip the plating. Take care not to rub your plated jewels on rough textiles such as leather and denim, as this may rub off or damage the plating. Always keep plated jewelry dry. Keep away from all liquids such as water, lotions, oils, perfumes, alcohol, acetone, hand sanitizers, hair products, makeup, and chemical cleaners, etc... Exposure to liquids can weaken, damage, and may eventually even remove the plated surface treatment.
Is Black Gold a Type of Gold Metal?
No. "Black Gold" is a term that jewelers use to describe fine jewelry that has been given a black-rhodium plated coating on the surface of usually 18-karat white gold or sterling silver metal base.
How long does rhodium plating last?
It is important to note that the rhodium plated surface is a surface treatment, it is NOT permanent and will wear off over time revealing the underlying base metal especially on items such as rings. We cannot guarantee the lifespan of the plating, as it depends on how the piece is worn and cared for. Plating will wear off of jewelry worn daily more quickly than a piece that is worn occasionally.
How long does black rhodium plating last?
It is important to note that the rhodium plated surface will wear off over time revealing the underlying base metal. Over time parts of black rhodium plating will naturally wear off to look similar to antiqued finish. The lifespan of the rhodium plating depends on how the piece is worn. Plating will wear off of jewelry worn daily more quickly than a piece that is worn occasionally. If the piece of jewelry rubs on surfaces during normal daily wear such as the bottom of a ring, the plating may wear off revealing some of the base metal underneath.
It is important to note that eventually black rhodium plating will wear off and will leave the surface of the base metal with a unique antiqued-looking gunmetal color similar to black oxidized metals. After natural wear and tear, your piece will develop its own unique vintage "worn" look.
How do I take care of my rhodium plated pieces?
Plated coating is delicate surface treatment over the base metal and is not waterproof nor scratch proof, therefore plated jewelry should be kept dry and worn with extra care to help preserve the integrity of the plated surface.
All plated jewelry should be worn with extra care and never be tossed into a drawer or thrown on top of a dresser as this will cause your jewelry to get scratched and damaged. Store your jewelry safely in a soft lined jewelry box. Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets are also ideal. Jewelry pouches are good too but take care and keep your jewelry pouch somewhere safe so that the jewelry does not get crushed.
Can I have my jewelry re-plated with rhodium?
Yes. However, the jewelry would be given a professional chemical bath and polish to remove the old plating before re-plating.
Using electroplated chemical bath to bind a thin layer of microscopic ions of rhodium metal to the surface of the base metal.
Rhodium plating is a surface treatment, and is NOT permanent.
The lifespan of rhodium plating depends on how the piece is worn and cared for. However all plated jewels may be prone to natural wear and tear.
Wear all plated jewelry with extra care.
Keep plated jewelry away from hard, abrasive surfaces and sharp objects that may cause damage, scratching, scuffing, denting, chipping, rubbing. Avoid direct impact from other jewelry items, metals, or other hard or rough surfaces that may rub or scratch the plated surface.
Know when to take your jewelry off.
Please avoid wearing jewelry while cleaning, gardening, performing sports activities such as hitting the gym, lifting weights, doing yoga, swimming, rock climbing, etc... this will damage your jewelry.
Avoid moisture and keep dry.
Plated jewelry is NOT waterproof. Exposure to liquids such as water, lotions, oils, sun tan lotions, perfumes, alcohol, acetone, and chemical cleaners can weaken, damage and remove the plated coating. Keep away from hand sanitizers and all other chemical detergents.
Avoid placing your plated jewelry near heat as this can cause discoloration and deformation.
Do not use any jewelry cleaning liquids or agents.
Keep it clean by gently wiping with a soft and dry, non-abrasive cloth. Do not steam or use ultrasonic cleaners on plated jewelry. Do not use polishing cloths or liquid jewelry cleaners your plated jewelry as this will remove the plating.
Avoid exposing all jewelry to household cleaners, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and bleach. Bleach will cause discoloration and damage to the metal and gemstones. Chlorine may also damage fine precious metals. Repeated exposure to chlorine can weaken gold's structure, eventually leading to breakage. Please keep your jewelry away from pools and jacuzzis.
Please keep your hands clean but avoid exposing your jewelry to hand sanitizers and chemical disinfectants. These liquids contain chemicals that can eat away at precious metals, plating, and may also cause irreversible damage your gemstones - especially pearls. Take off your jewelry before applying hand sanitizers and chemical disinfectants.
How to help prevent tarnishing:
Plated jewelry may tarnish over time due to the natural oxidation. To help prevent tarnishing, wipe gold vermeil jewelry after use and store your jewelry in an airtight jewelry box or ziplock bag.
SAFE JEWELRY STORAGE GUIDE
Proper jewelry storage is important. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or thrown on top of a dresser as this will cause your jewelry to get scratched and damaged. Store your jewelry safely in a soft lined jewelry box. Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets are also ideal. Jewelry pouches are good too but take care and keep your jewelry pouch somewhere safe so that the jewelry does not get crushed.
Sterling silver and plated jewels should be kept in an airtight container such as an anti-tarnish zip lock bag/cloth or jewelry box.
When traveling, it's always a good idea to bring a small travel sized jewelry box to safely store your pieces. Be sure to keep your valuables in a safe place, such as the security safe in your hotel room - and DO NOT ever leave your valuables on the dresser or side table.