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  • How to Tell Difference B/w Rhodium & 925 Silver?

    How do I tell the difference between rhodium plated jewellery vs. 925 silver? What are the things I should look out for? Thanks!

  • #2
    Rhodium's shine is more power than 925 imo. Rhodium has a smooth, uniform finish whereas 925 can't beat it.

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    • #3
      Agree with Vernis, since been looking at both types alot. Can tell the difference just by the look. Rhodium is just shinier and seems "perfect", while silver doesn't.

      Another less known fact : Less people are allergic to rhodium then silver. ( Don't ask me why).

      But I think only silver can be polished once it loses its shine. Not too sure about Rhodium.

      Cheers

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      • #4
        If you go to accessories shops and they sell both Rhodium and 925 silver accessories, 925 silver accessories are mainly kept in glass display cabinet or kept nicely cover nicely. Directly under the spotlight for too long 925 silver will loose its shines. Actually under high temperature, 925 silver will loose its shine faster. So normally they are kept properly.

        One of the easy way how I tell the differences.

        HTHs

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        • #5
          I started to read up on all these when I recently took beadings up as my hobby and now actively making some accessories.

          From what I read so far, Rhodium can be plated over silver as well as white gold.

          Here is a very imformative site on Jewellery Metal.
          http://gilletts.com.au/information.p..._id=39#rhodium
          &
          http://www.emitations.com/whatisrhodium.html

          Here is an extract of another article I read "What is Rohdium":
          There are two main types of silver coloured metals on the market today, nickel plated and rhodium coated.

          Nickel plated jewelry has some drawbacks. It is not a very hard metal, over time it will loose it?s shape. It tarnishes fairly easy . Tarnish can result from contact with sweat, water and other chemicals. The estimated life of a nickel plated pendant is 3-6 months. Surprisingly a significant amount of people are allergic to nickel.

          RHODIUM is a brighter harder metal. It is in the same family of metals as platinum. It will hold it?s shape for years. Rhodium is highly acid and chemical resistant. However it is still recommended that the pendants not be worn in the shower.
          HTHs
          Last edited by GG; 19-10-2005, 06:35 PM.

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          • #6
            never know rhodium can cause allergy

            thanks for educating us, girls

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            • #7
              Errrh....just curious ~ those jewellery sold in D'Meyson is considered rhodium/silver?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by vernis
                never know rhodium can cause allergy

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                Hey Vernis... I think is nickel and not rhodium.

                melody80, it's best to ask the jeweller. Whether they are rhodium plated silver or rhodium plated white gold.

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                • #9
                  i seriously need kopi. oops.... i still need go attend a wedding dinner later.

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                  • #10
                    no prob. vernis. I'm also still learning. 活到老学到老

                    Here is a site on Cleaning & Caring your sterling silver

                    Of course there are plenty more great informative sites if do a web-search.
                    Last edited by GG; 19-10-2005, 09:06 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I had rhodium coated ring and earrings before, and the rhodium can drop off over a few months of wearing, revealing ugly metal underneath. So I guess you need to care for it properly.

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                      • #12
                        you know T+Co silver is rhodium plated right?
                        and white gold is always rhodium plated when new... this wears off after a while, to show the duller white gold metal...

                        and with silver, when the rhodium plate wears off, the silver reacts with the air and tarnishes (like any unplated silver), and u need to polish it often..

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by silvercloud
                          I had rhodium coated ring and earrings before, and the rhodium can drop off over a few months of wearing, revealing ugly metal underneath. So I guess you need to care for it properly.
                          same here!! my poor t&co pendant is all tarnished, cos i left it in the bathrm and it got wet =(

                          anyone know if u can replate silver with the rhodium plate?

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                          • #14
                            ask jeweller or goldsmith they probably can do it.

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                            • #15
                              Sterling Rhodium Polish... Some of these are coated on 925 silver itself.

                              You can soak the jewellery in water as the coated layer may drop off.

                              925 Silver

                              You may soak the jewellery and use toothbrush to brush it till shine..

                              Hence 925 is good for the long run..

                              But Rhodium look like white gold.... and look nicer..

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