Why Does My White Gold Plating Wear Off So Quickly?

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Image by ilovebutter (License) The rhodium plating process that turns yellow gold into white gold normally lasts from 6 to 12 months on rings. Earrings and pendants should last longer, because they normally have less wear and tear. There are a several reasons why your rhodium plating could be coming off prematurely: Rhodium done wrong: An item must be completely … Read More

How to Clean Fine Jewelry
Like a Pro

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Got grimy gold or dirty diamonds? Day-to-day wear can take the luster right out of your locket, but a thorough cleaning can bring it back. Here’s the experts’ easy guide to giving your favorite jewelry the care it needs. Basic Care Fine jewelry is delicate – even diamonds can be chipped or shattered (being one of the hardest substances on … Read More

What Is White Gold Re-dipping And How Often Should You Do It?

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Why does white gold need re-dipping? White gold isn’t naturally white – it’s actually an alloy made of yellow gold and white metals such as silver and nickel. The alloy is also rhodium-plated, or dipped in another white metal such as nickel, silver or palladium (a member of the platinum family). This rhodium plating will gradually rub away with wear. … Read More

Why Do I Need A Professional To Clean My Jewelry?

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Picture by the National Jewelry Center® While you can perform day-to-day jewelry cleaning yourself, it’s best to trust a particularly grimy piece to a professional. There are a variety of tools and methods available only to professional jewelers that you should take advantage of regularly; probably around every six months to once a year. Signs Your Jewelry Needs Professional Help … Read More