Lets start by differentiating Silver jewelry with silver plated jewelry..
With fine gold you get 99.9% purity in gold, but it’s not possible to make jewelry out of 99.9% fine Silver, simply because silver is basically too soft and unstable for producing silver jewelry items. That’s the reason 7.5% alloy is added to give the silver more strength. This results in 92.5% as pure silver and 7.5% as alloy, this combination is called Sterling Silver which is used across the world as most reliable and stable form of silver for jewelry. The cost is higher for sterling silver jewelry depending on the artwork and has resale value, means it can be resold if maintained properly. Click here to see the sterling silver jewelry.
The above description was to understand fine silver, now let’s understand what silver plated jewelry is, and how you can identify it. Usually in silver plated jewelry the inner base of jewelry used is metal which is coated with silver to give it a silver jewelry finish, this falls under artificial jewelry category. The price is much lower for this kind of artificial jewelry.
What does Rhodium Plated Silver jewelry mean?
In this type of Rhodium Plated Silver jewelry preparation the inner base is filled with stable and pure 925 silver and the outer layer is coated with rhodium, mostly you find this type of coating over silver to give a different dark shining look to the silver or platinum jewelry.
The rhodium coating is added not only to give shinning to the silver jewelry but also to make it more durable. But silver being a soft metal which can easily get scratches, so in order to prevent the possibility of scratches and to add additional protective layer with shine rhodium coating is added to the jewelry. The rhodium coating is added even to platinum some times to enhance the jewelry finish. The latest trend is adding rhodium plating to Brass and Copper as well.
Once you understand what your jewelry is made of you can maintain it's beauty and shine for much longer time. Click here to see the rhodium plated jewelry.