Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic, often crystalline oxide, nitride or carbide material. Some elements, such as carbon or silicon, may be considered ceramics. Ceramic materials are brittle, hard, strong in compression, and weak in shearing and tension. They withstand chemical erosion that occurs in other materials subjected to acidic or caustic environments. Ceramics generally can withstand very high temperatures, such as temperatures that range from 1,000 °C to 1,600 °C (1,800 °F to 3,000 °F).
Rhodium is a noble metal with a whitish gray appearance, and it is typically applied to metal through electroplating. A plating of rhodium is applied over either sterling silver or alloys to give a piece of jewelry a bright, glossy and long-lasting finish.