A 1 pint (1 gram) of rhodium plating solution today is $513. A
jeweler friend of mine who is also a college graduate chemist told me
you can get 75 to 100 platings out of a bottle of rhodium plating
solution. if you can get 75 to 100 platings per bottle (1 gram
bottle), each plating has a cost of goods of between $5.13 to $6.84
for the material. If you triple the cost of goods on the rhodium
itself, the rhodium you used would sell for $15.50 to $20.50.
I had originally figured $10 to $15 in labor to DIP the ring into
Therefore if you use a 1 gram bottle of rhodium plating (1 pint)
solution and add $20.50 retail on the rhodium itself and add the $15
to dip, then RETAIL is $35. Many folks charge $45.
If you buy a 2 gram bottle (a whiter color-many folks use this on
their stock and the 1 gram bottle on repairs) then the bottle cost
$1010 today at Stuller. So your cost of goods and retail for rhodium
Cost of goods 3 time markup
If you add $15 to dip, plus the $40.00 rhodium itself at retail
you’d charge $55.00. This is using a 2 gram bottle of rhodium. Again
many folks charge $45 and up to $75 for this.
You should look and see if you bought a 1 gram bottle or a 2 gram
bottle. Most folks buy a 1 gram bottle and $45 is fine in my book and
this assumes my chemist friend was right, which I’d agree with (75 to
100 platings per bottle). I’ve seen jewelers talk themselves into
telling every customer $9000 an ounce and get bigger bucks. There are
31+ grams to an ounce. If you divide $9000 by 31 grams then a gram of
rhodium is $290.32. The bottle of plating solution cost YOU $513.00
and $290.00 is the cost of the rhodium swimming inside the bottle and
the difference is the markup by the supplier on the rhodium and to
make the bath, the bottle, profit, etc.
So whatever gives your brain justification to sell for more, go with
it. I figure costs, markups and add in labor.
Hope this helps