All 18ct white gold is plated with a solution called rhodium. The raw colour of the palladium-based 18ct white gold that MDTdesign uses is a grey colour, as is all 18ct white gold. When this white gold is plated with rhodium, it becomes a brighter, whiter colour, and the finished product looks very similar to platinum.
Because this plating does wear over time, people notice that their rhodium plated rings start to show a slightly grey shade after about 8 to 12 months. When this happens, simply bring your ring in store and we will repeat the process at no extra charge.
While other companies will charge around $90 for each touch-up – which can add up over the years – all MDTdesign rhodium plated jewellery is backed by a lifetime service included as part of the ongoing support we provide to our customers. As our workshop is located onsite, we can guarantee a quick turnaround time on all 18ct white gold rhodium plated rings, pendants and earrings. In most cases, we offer a same-day service.
The picture above illustrates the difference in colour between a platinum ring and an 18ct white gold rhodium plated ring. The ring on the left has both the natural colours of platinum (white in colour) and 18ct white gold, which is slightly grey in colour. The ring on the right is the plated white gold. Both have an emery finish which highlights the colour more than a polished band.
Please feel free to contact us regarding our rhodium plating cost, services, and more.