New idea for diamonds

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CJM
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New idea for diamonds

Post by CJM » 2 months ago

How about diamond rings without rhodium!! I hate rhodium coating on your diamond rings. To me it’s ugly! Why is it used so much? Because it’s the trend? Just curious. I would buy more diamond rings if it was without it, especially the colored diamonds.
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Blossom
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Post by Blossom » 2 months ago

Aren't most of SLC's diamond rings platinum over silver (unless gold)? There is a difference between platinum & rhodium...right? JTV tends to use rhodium a lot.
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JewelryQueen
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Post by JewelryQueen » 2 months ago

Platinum (plain platinum) is more durable and lasts longer as a plating material. Rhodium is a subgroup metal related to platinum but less " white" and with more of a "grey" cast It also does not last as long for plating. They are both hypoallergenic too so if the silver has nickle in it it won't break you out.
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CJM
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Post by CJM » 2 months ago

I thought shoplc silver was nickel free? So why use rhodium? They only use it on diamond rings I’ve not seen it used on other jewelry. Sometimes I wish platinum wasn’t used on the tennis necklace/bracelets. I think tennis jewelry is much prettier with straight sterling silver! Shoplc has always said their silver is nickel free. That’s why I started buying from them.
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Post by Gemsnob » 2 months ago

CJM wrote:
2 months ago
How about diamond rings without rhodium!! I hate rhodium coating on your diamond rings. To me it’s ugly! Why is it used so much? Because it’s the trend? Just curious. I would buy more diamond rings if it was without it, especially the colored diamonds.
I think its used with colored diamonds because it helps hide the fact that they arent well matched and in lighter diamonds, they think it makes them appear more saturated. I believe that the opposite would happen. If you have light pink diamonds, they would appear darker in all white metal. Thats just me though.
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JewelryQueen
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Post by JewelryQueen » 2 months ago

Yes I have found SLC silver to be nickle free. I believe they use the plating because silver tarnishes so easily and then people complain.
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Gemsnob
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Post by Gemsnob » 2 months ago

White gold is rhodium plated. Im not sure why people think it doesnt hold up. Rhodium actually costs more than platinum. Its up to $6,000 an ounce.
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Gemsnob
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Post by Gemsnob » 2 months ago

Silver is plated so it doesnt tarnish. It has nothing to do with the nickel content.
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silleemee
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Post by silleemee » 2 months ago

Rhodium can be made (alloyed) to look blue, black, green or whatever...it's bright white otherwise. Colored rhodium is mostly used to enhance the color of gemstones which has that mounting. Using colored rhodium to set colored diamonds takes away the contrast between white metal and the colored stone so you don't notice the prongs as much. Blue rhodium used to set blue diamonds makes it appear like there's more diamonds.
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JewelryQueen
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Post by JewelryQueen » 2 months ago

Actually silver is a very white reflective material but all silver used in jewelry has another metal integrated into it. That's what the 925 instead of 100 is all about. Usually that metal is nickle but SLC says not in theirs. I believe it because the artisan and uncoated rings do not break me out but nickle does.
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