It is my secret wish that no one would rhodium plate sterling
silver. In my opinion it renders beautiful sterling into something
flashy and cheap and is a nightmare to repair, and refinish.
Whereas I think sterling is so beautiful and easy to restore.
That's all. I know everyone has their reasons, especially large
manufacturers, = but that's my 2 cents.
Wow I'm talkative today, sorry about that.
If plating sterling for anti tarnish you can use rhodium which can
be problematic and expensive or fine silver. If rhodium plating you
MUST nickel plate first, also repairing a rhodium piece can be a
pain to say the least. I almost always recommend nickel plating
sterling no matter the end plating solution as this can prevent
"bleed through". Bleed through is when the sterling oxidizes under
the plating and then shows through the final plating, kind of a
One other thing, if you want to antique your plated silver don't use
rhodium as it just won't take. This is also a great way to test if a
silver piece has been rhodium plated, use a little oxidizing agent
and if won't oxidize chances are it rhodium plated or lacquered.
Have a good weekend!
Rio Grande Technical Support