Rhodium plating is just placing a layer, through electrical
conduction, of a platinum family metal onto a piece of metal.
This does not change the base metal that is being plated. So, if
the metal being plated is yellow gold, it is still yellow gold
underneath. The plating is actually so thin that you could wear it
off. It does get thicker the longer that you leave it while being
I have a customer that has a few pieces that are yellow gold, and
she loves the look of white. She likes to keep it looking bright
and new, so she has me re-plate them every few months. Even the
plating that is placed on white gold pieces eventually wears and
looks dull again, and needs to be re-plated to keep it looking
bright and white.
Sadly, your friend was decieved in the way the plating process and
how thick it goes. It is very sad that sales people mislead their
customers due to either a lack of knowledge and understanding, or
because they choose to ignore the facts to make a sale.
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