This articles is for the people that do not like the yellow gold color much but still want to look fashionable, for you guys I have to say that white gold is your savior. White gold, like all the variations of gold is just an alloy, meaning that its a mixture of other metals and gold. Because the metals that are mixed to produce white gold are kind of grayish, this particular kind of gold is often plated with rhodium, which is very white and shiny.
The metal rhodium is known to have been first used in decade of the 1930s to plate silver flatware to maintain it very shinny without having to polish it much. After WWII technological advances made rhodium plating more accessible to use with other kind of jewelry. After that it was very common, and still is, to find all kinds of rhodium jewelry with a plate. Rhodium is actually a very high priced metal, thats why it is usually used only in plating and can alter the price of any jewelry.
Rhodium is very hard to handle and melt so, when making jewelry, its used only rarely and often that jewelry is very expensive. Because of this, you should have a decent amount of skepticism when buying any rhodium jewelry. First of all, it will be very expensive so it would be rare to find a pure piece of rhodium made into jewelry. It does however, thanks to its shininess, make your white gold jewelry look a lot better!
One of the advantages of rhodium is that its hypoallergenic to your fingers wont turn green because of it. Another things that people tend to do is to rhodium plate a pure gold ring so turns more shiny.
One of the disadvantage of rhodium plating is that it will not last forever. The wear ratio will depend on how often do you wear the rhodium plated piece. But remember that re-plating is very easy to do so if your favorite piece is already showing signs of wear then all your have to do is go to your local jeweler and have it rhodium plated again.
Please keep in mind that its NOT recommended that any person clean rhodium jewelry with any kind of substances or chemicals, because this will accelerate the degradation process. Only use water and a polishing cloth and your piece will keep shining.