What is rhodium plating?
Rhodium plating is used on jewellery items to provide a plate that will protect from scratching, tarnishing and discolouration. If well maintained, rhodium plated jewellery will reflect light beautifully and keep it shine for up to 10 years.
Sterling silver jewellery with rhodium plating has become popular with customers around the world. Some high-end fashion designer brands are rhodium plating sterling silver jewellery as it enhances the sterling silver piece without compromising the quality of the jewellery.
Caring for rhodium plated Jewellery
Keep your jewellery clean using a mild liquid soap or shampoo and a little water. Never use any chemical cleaners on Rhodium plated jewellery. Allow makeup and perfume to dry before putting on pendants and earrings. All sterling silver jewellery can be re-plated with rhodium by Jewellers if needed but if cared for properly this will not need to be done for many years.
Caring for Pearls
Pearl Jewellery needs to be handled with care, as they are more fragile than most gemstones. Your beautiful pearl jewellery will stay cleaner if you put them on after your makeup and perfume. Wipe your pearls with a lint free cloth once you take them off. Never wear your pearl jewellery while bathing, swimming or playing sport.
Caring for Gold
It is important to take your jewellery off while sleeping, swimming and playing sport to avoid any damage. Your jewellery should be stores in a pouch separate to other jewellery to prevent scratching. You can use mild jewellery cleaner to care for your gold jewellery that you can purchase from most jewellery stores. If you do not have any cleaner, you can use mild soap and water and a soft jewellery cloth to keep your jewellery looking like new. Please be aware that certain gemstones can not be cleaned in jewellery cleaner so please refer to the instructions on the package.
Caring for White Gold
All gold in naturally yellow so most white gold is plated with a thin layer of rhodium, a white and very durable metal. White gold will wear over time and need to be re-rhodium plated. Make sure, when cleaning white gold that you purchase a product specifically designed for gold jewellery as the wrong jewellery cleaner can cause damage to your jewellery. To be safe you can use a mild soap and water to keep your jewellery item clean. It is best to store white gold jewellery in a separate cloth jewellery bag to reduce any scratches.
Caring for Sterling Silver
Polishing cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning your sterling silver jewellery. Sterling silver jewellery that is worn continually often develops patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver, use a polish cloth to restore the jewellery to its original appearance.
Caring for Vermeil
Vermeil is a coating of gold over sterling silver. It is an inexpensive alternative for having beautiful gold jewellery at a mere fraction of the cost. Mix baking soda and water in equal parts and mix into a paste. Mix enough to cover the jewellery and apply the mixture to the vermeil by gently caking it onto the item with a nonabrasive clean cloth. Rinse the paste off with warm running water and dry with a clean soft cloth. Vermeil is made of gold so it scratches easily so only use a soft cloth. Do not use soap or any chemicals as it will cause discolour the jewellery.
Caring for Gemstone Jewellery
Although gemstones are among the most durable, they do need some care. Please be aware that not all gemstones can be cleaned with jewellery cleaning solutions, so please make sure you read the instructions on the jewellery cleaning solution package before cleaning gemstone jewellery. Most gemstones can be cleaned with mild soap and water. If you are not sure, it is best to have it cleaned by a professional jewellery company.
Caring for Fashion Jewellery
Do not wear Jewellery when you swim or take a bath, since the chlorine can damage the metals anf gemstones. The chemicals in perfumes and lotions can tarnish jewellery, so put them on after applying any beauty products or perfume.