Jan 17

Five Ways to Fabulous-ify Your Jewelry with Rhodium Treatment

By Calla Gold

Fabulousness Awaits

Read on to Get Your Fabulous Jewelry Secrets

Rhodium treatment is a rule changer, a look changer and an agent of fabulous-ification for your jewelry! See my previous post: Rhodium Plating, Like Coloring Your Hair Only for Jewelry, for more about what Rhodium is. And why it’s fabulous!

In this post, this Fabulous Santa Barbara Jeweler will giddily share great ideas about what you can do to your jewelry with the help of rhodium treatment. Each project idea has been done one or more times in my fabulous workshop, otherwise referred to as, Calla Gold’s Jewelry Beauty Salon!

Five Ways to Fabulous-ify Your Jewelry With Rhodium Treatment!

1. Like Eye Make-up for Your Diamonds!
Little diamonds often lack dazzle and zing when set against a yellow gold background.

Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Diamonds Fade in Yellow Gold Background

Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Rhodium Treatment Surrounds and Highlights the Diamonds

The solution: change the background color of the diamond settings from yellow to white byrhodium treatment.

You’ll be amazed at the transformation and hardly recognize your “old” ring.

2. Like a Confetti Celebration for Your Center Diamond!


Pink Tourmaline and Diamonds Ring in Yellow Gold

Would you like to know how to make your center diamond, that’s set in yellow gold look bigger and brighter?

Rhodium treat the metal around the stone. It’s what the professionals do.

Again, you’ll be amazed at the change. If your diamond is currently set in yellow gold, white gold or rhodium treatment will make your diamond look larger.

3. Like Color For Your Hair, but For Your Chains!

Freeform Diamond and Gold Heart

Yellow Gold Heart

Free form Heart With Diamonds

Rhodium treatment changes the look completely

There are plenty of women who no longer wear a particular yellow gold chain even though it’s the perfect length and style.

They’ve changed to wearing more silver and white gold and thus ignore their yellow chain.

The solution: rhodium treatment for the old chain. Easy squeezy.

4. Like Getting the Full Detail and Wax on Your Car, Not Just the Wash, but for Jewelry!


Antique Diamond Stick Pin

Calla Gold Jewelry Antique Diamond necklace


Wedding rings pick up scratches, oil, and grime over the years.

Remember how shiny and glistening your white gold ring used to look?

The solution: Have your fabulous Jeweler polish and rhodium treat it.You wouldn’t wear a filthy blouse. Of course not! Then why wear a dirty ring?  Especially your wedding ring!

Make a point to have it professionally cleaned and/or rhodium treated once a year. Right before the holidays is a great time.

5. Like getting a whole new hairstyle, but for your jewelry!

Stars and Moon Earrings

Center Rhodium Plating Makes a Statement of Two-Tone Fabulousness

Take an all yellow gold ring or pair of earrings you may be a little tired of.

Pick a design element to be rhodium treated. Like a curvy line down the center. It’s an instant two-tone fabulous look.

It’s a big change in look, it creates more interest, detail and makes you totally want to wear it all the time again.

The Fabulous Treasure Hunt

In your fabulous temple of jewelry love, also known as your jewelry box, you may have under-worn jewelry, great-potential jewelry, sort of forgotten jewelry or gifted jewelry. It is just itching to leap out, and jump up into Calla Gold’s Jewelry Beauty Salon chair and get its fabulous-ity on!

Are You Ready for Fabulous?

Calla Gold

8 thoughts on “Five Ways to Fabulous-ify Your Jewelry with Rhodium Treatment

  1. Great blog, Calla! Seems like a pretty easy way to fabulous-ify a drab, old, or worn out piece! Keep sharing your wonderful knowledge!

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment there Renee. I’ll keep sharing ways to revitalize older and dated jewelry, you keep reading and the fabulosity will continue!

  2. You are a gifted communicator and designer Calla….thank you for sharing your knowledge and inspiring me!!!

  3. I honestly did not know that this could be done! Thanks, Calla! I love, and wear a lot of two-toned jewelry.

  4. Good Evening
    I have a sterling silver claddagh wedding set that I adore except it’s gold plated would rhodium plating work to turn it silver? & will I be able to wear it every day?
    It is my original wedding ring from 1980 (when I wore gold) now 36 years later I am more of a white gold silver lady can you help me?
    Thank you & happy holidays

    • Hello Carmel,
      Here’s how I’d handle your ring and what I’d say about the future look. Since your ring is sterling silver with gold plating your jeweler will first need to strip the gold plating off. Then rhodium plate your ring. At first it’ll look super white and shiny. Then it’ll calm down and you may want to re-plate it yearly to get that white shiny look. However you can also let it wear off since the underlying metal is silver. So you’ll be able to transition back to your silver look.
      Happy Holidays to you too.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  5. My friensd and I have inexpensive rings that we love and hate to part with. We need to know how much it is to plate with rhodium and if it is worth it to keep them just because we love them! Can you help?

    • Hello Teri,
      I actually wrote about how we sometimes find the jewelry design that just works for us and it is a costume piece. The story I share is one of replicating it in real metal. That story is here:
      You’ve asked me if it is a good idea to rhodium plate a piece you love that is costume. I have many clients who have done that. The only concern is whether the rhodium will cling to your design. When the metal is very smooth and it is plated it can wear off more quickly. The cost of rhodium plating depends on the prep time in addition to the actual plating. Having not seen your ring I’ll give you a price range. It could be between $35.00 and $85.00.
      You’ll probably have to try it once to see how well it works for you and your ring. Your other option down the road is to make your ring again in real metal, like gold or platinum.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

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