Many contemporary jewelry designs, especially those made of white gold are electroplated in rhodium to enhance their shine and durability. Here is an explanation of this process, and some tips on maintaining your gold and platinum jewelry.
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Rhodium is a precious metal, a member of the platinum family. Rhodium plating is used, especially on jewelryto provide a surface that will resist scratches and tarnish, and give a white, reflective appearance. Rhodium plating is most often found on white gold.