What is Rhodium Plating?
Precious Metals can be Rhodium Plated to provide protection for sterling silver and white gold jewelry by coating them to help prevent tarnish and surface scratches. A rhodium finish however is not impervious to the effects of wear and abrasion that may occur in everyday use. To limit wear, one should avoid household cleansers, gardening and other activities that can quickly destroy the rhodium plating, thus exposing the slightly yellow tint.
Even talc, which is found in many cosmetics, is known to have an abrasive effect on jewelry items. White gold may appear slightly yellow. Sterling silver may tarnish. Most jewelry can simply be re-plated with rhodium at your local jeweler at a minimal cost. The plating on pendants and earrings do last longer than rings since they are not exposed to friction. Here are tips for keeping your Rhodium Plated jewelry looking its best:
Do not use any abrasive cloths for polishing
Do not use chemical cleaners
Clean only with mild soap and water.
Rhodium Plating gives the look, feel, and quality of platinum plating without the price.
Can you suggest a good way to clean jewelry?
Whichever method you select, a gentle hand is always best. Here's a tip from The SPARKLESFOREVER School on Caring for Jewelry. To clean jewelry with gold, platinum and most gemstones, make a diluted solution of mild dishwashing liquid. Use 1 tablespoon to 2 cups of lukewarm water in a bowl. Loosen dirt by soaking jewelry in a strainer for 10 to 20 minutes. Lightly and carefully use a soft brush to work out dirt. Gently use a toothpick to reach into crevices. Rinse with clean lukewarm water. If you rinse in a sink, close the drain first.
What is Cubic Zirconia or CZ?
Cubic zirconia rings and other cubic zirconia jewelry are lovely substitutes for diamond jewelry. It has an interesting history combining science and beauty. Two German scientists discovered it in 1937. However, it was not until the 1970's when Russian scientist found a way to create it in a laboratory. Cubic zirconia did not become popular until the 1980's when Swarovski & Co. began making them in mass quantities.
A cubic zirconia is made through a complicated process and is a made up of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide. Together the two chemicals create a beautiful, radiant crystal. It takes almost 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit to melt the two chemicals together and the most important process is cooling. The chemicals must be carefully cooled in order to create flawless crystals.
The cubic zirconia is a beautiful substitute for those who simply prefer not to spend that much.
A cubic zirconia weighs 75% more than loose diamonds with the same carat weight. Cubic zirconia stones are durable, brilliant, and beautiful. Most people cannot tell the difference. One of the ways to tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a real diamond is to look at the cubic zirconia under a 10x magnification. You can see the facets do not point properly and where facets intersect, it is not a straight line, but the intersection is more rounded than the diamond's facets.
Cubic zirconia is clear and is brilliant. There are even some cubic zirconia that come in almost every color of the rainbow