How to Rhodium Plate Sterling Silver Jewelry

How to Rhodium Plate Sterling Silver Jewelry

We talked the last time about plating your
white gold jewelry, but I know that silver is becoming a popular item for most store
owners. Today I’d like to show you how to plate silver. Luckily the process is just as simple. It only requires one added step. The most important step to plating is starting
with a clean piece of jewelry. This is true whether you’re plating gold or
silver. Do this by polishing the ring, cleaning with
an ultrasonic cleaner, rinse in distilled water, and then steam cleaning. To begin the actual plating process, you will
need to mix the chemical baths. These are the same baths using gold plating. Place 2 teaspoons of electrocleaner in a beaker
three-quarters of the way filled with distilled water. Now place two teaspoons of the activator powder
in another beaker that is three-quarters of the way filled with distilled water. Now mix the actual rhodium solution by pouring
the two containers of rhodium into an empty bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with
distilled water. Pour the rhodium solution into a beaker with
a platinized titanium anode. The only additional bath needed is a beaker
filled with nickel and a nickel anode. Now that the jewelry is clean and the baths
are ready, you can begin plating. Set the rectifier to six volts
and heat the electric cleaner and rhodium solutions to 100 degrees. Place the positive lead of the rectifier on
the stainless steel anode and the negative lead to a hook gold wire. Suspend the jewelry piece from this gold wire. Lower the piece into the electrocleaner for
two minutes, then remove and rinse in distilled water. Next, lower the ring into the activator which
should be at room temperature with no volts for 30 seconds. Then remove and rinse in distilled water. Now heat the nickel solution to 100 degrees,
attach the positive lead wire to the nickel anode, and set it to three volts. Lower the piece into the nickel solution for
45 seconds then remove and rinse in distilled water. If you are allergic to nickel, you can use
a palladium solution with a platinized titanium anode at three volts as well. Just heat the palladium solution to 125 degrees
first, then remove and rinse in distilled water. Finally lower the piece into the rhodium at
three volts for 30 seconds. Once removed from the solution your jewelry
has been rhodium plated to a silver finish. It’s as easy as that. Now you can have a plated piece of silver
jewelry that looks great.


  1. i have a stainless and ddiamond watch and the plating is dual and wearing off around the base where the bands meet the watch. i cany find anybody to touch it.
    what should i do. where or who should i contact

  2. This video shos how you can buy this and waste everything in one time doing it, the beakers should be smaller and you dont need to gush in more then half of the bottle, tats just wastefull

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