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Understanding the Powers of Black Rhodium

Black rhodium can be seen trending in jewelry publications this season and we’re certainly no stranger to its beautiful and practical beauty.

First of all, what is rhodium?

It’s a very rare member of the platinum family and one of the most expensive rare metals. While the price can fluctuate considerably, an ounce of rhodium can go for around $2,500 dollars (!)

Due to its extreme toughness, it can easily resist corrosion and scratches.

What are the benefits of black rhodium?

It’s highly reflective so its sultry silvery color makes a perfect plating material. It creates the perfect backdrop for gemstones to really “pop.”

Here are a few examples of black rhodium:



Black Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver 925 Nickel Free Engagement Wedding Ring Set.


Diamond Pyramid bangle in black rhodium–plated 18k gold; $20,000; Sutra, Houston;, found on JCK.


Note how the gems really pop against the inky backdrop of black rhodium:


Diamond, sapphire, tsavorite, and onyx ring in black rhodium–plated 18k gold; $13,900; Lydia Courteille, Paris;