(Closed) Rhodium over palladium?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you have a palladium ring rhodium plated for more shine (cost not a factor)?

    Yes

    No

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee

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    undercoverrabbit:  nope, seems pointless. i have a platinum ring, and when it’s buffed up the luster and shine is the same as a rhodium plated ring or polished sterling. the difference is that palladium will dull FASTER than white gold because it’s softer. so you lose the luster more quickly. since the dulling of the finish has to do with the softness of the metal itself, rhodium plating a palladium ring doesn’t seem like it’s going to solve this problem because the underlying metal (palladium) is still going to be softer and dull more quickly as a result.

    n.b: i’m equating palladium and platinum here. i have a platinum setting, and so i’m really speaking from that perspective. i know there are slight difference in wear between the two, so ymmv.

    Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    Many jewelry store rhodium plate platinum, so I cannot imagine they would not do it for palladium as well. A lot of people simply prefer the shiny “wet” look of rhodium plating, and that’s what a lot of customers expect to see in a store. I guess what I’m saying is that if a person wants unplated platinum or palladium, make sure to tell the jeweler that because many of them plate it as a matter of course. I don’t see anything wrong with plating palladium if that is the finish you want. 

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper

    If you’re going to rhodium anything-why pay the extra for the metal and cover it up? That just makes no sense to me.  You may as well pay for silver, then get that dipped.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee

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    marriedalready69:  exactly. get low carat white gold.

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    echomomm:  i’m not sure what jewelery stores you’ve seen this at, but i can assure you that rhodium plating platinum is NOT standard. i can’t speak for big box stores (which, god only knows what they do), but no reputable jeweler will sell rhodium plated platinum off the rack. it would have to be a special request (and then they’d probably thing it was strange). like 90% of the reason people choose platinum is because it’s a naturally white metal that doesn’t require a special treatment to get it white.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    No. I think this is silly, personally.

    I have had palladium, and platinum, and rhodium plated white gold, and unplated white gold (both warmer and super-white). I would never plate palladium or platinum. It is super white on its own, it can be highly polished, and takes on a lovely, warm patina as it wears. I also much prefer the “white” of palladium or platinum to the “white” of rhodium plating.  

    If ones does not like the patina, they can get it polished, and do their own more gentle polishes in between. I personally would not care if it s labor intensive to do, because I would not be the one doing it – I would pay my jeweler to do that. Just as I would pay them to replate a ring with rhodium once it wears as I can’t do that myself either. You do know rhodium plating wears down right and you need to replate? So that “high polish” of rhodium will wear away too and it will need to be replated.

    Sounds to me like your jeweler is trying to take an easier way out or does not have the tools to polish platinum or palladium (in which case, you need to go somewhere else).

    If she decides later she wants to rhodium plate it, she can do it then. It is easy enough to do later. I would not give her a rhodium plated palladium ring. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee

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    undercoverrabbit:  sounds like your jeweler is either being lazy, or lacks the proper tools to deal with platinum (and isn’t being upfront about it). white gold is easier to find proper servicing for. it doesn’t take the special tools that are required to work with platinum; not all jewelers can work with platinum. but rebuffing platinum is very standard for a jeweler who does. if your jeweler is suggestion rhodium rather than buffing, i would take that as a sign to go find a different jeweler.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee

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    undercoverrabbit:  I own platinum, palladium, and rhodium plated jewelry. In my experience, palladium scratches/patinas the fastest, then platinum, and lastly rhodium plating even when on a soft metal like silver.

    There are also slight color differences between the three. Rhodium plating looks the whitest, though not as white as regular silver. Platinum is a bit grayer and then palladium is a slightly darker gray color than platinum, especially as it patinas. I have added a picture for you that might help.

    I will also say that not all jewelers polish platinum and palladium to the same level of high finish. I bought a palladium ring from one jeweler and then a year and a half later had the stone swapped out by another jeweler. When I got the ring back from the second jeweler the shine was so intense I wondered if they had rhodium plated the ring without asking or telling me. (However, it is not the same color as my rhodium plated jewelry.) It has also taken longer to show scratches and start looking dull than with the original polish. 

    Plating palladium rings is a cost effective option for people who cannot wear regular white gold due to a nickel allergy, but prefer the look of white gold. If you (or Pam) prefer the look then go ahead and have it plated.

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