Let’s be honest. Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about jewelry, in walks a metal you’ve never heard about. What’s that all about? We’re not sure why this has been the best kept secret in the world of jewelry, but thank goodness those days are over.
This lightweight, naturally white and luxurious precious metal is the quintessential element of style. Palladium jewelry takes you from day to night seamlessly and elevates your look without weighing you down. It allows you to unlock your inner diva and express your personal style by wearing bigger, bolder palladium jewelry made by top designers.
Current Market Price
In the current market, palladium is less expensive than platinum and gold, which makes it a beautiful choice for your fine jewelry and a smart one for your wallet. Palladium also saves you money over time since it is naturally white and does not tarnish. Other metals, such as white gold, are coated with rhodium to appear white and will most likely require expensive maintenance.
You’ve dreamt about this day for as long as you can remember. In fact, he may not have even popped the question yet, but you probably already have the style of ring selected. Well, before you pass your not-so-subtle hints his way, ask your local jeweler to see styles made in palladium.
Have you already fallen in love with a design that’s not palladium? Not to worry. It can usually be made in palladium. Remember, you’ll want a ring that’s as enduring as your love. Not to mention, tough, sexy and sensitive.
Palladium is a rare and naturally white precious metal that was first discovered in 1803 in South America by English chemist William Hyde Wollaston. Inspired by the metal’s brilliance, he named the metal after the asteroid Pallas.
Palladium is a member of the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), the most precious metals in the world. The PGMs also include Platinum, Rhodium, Ruthenium, Iridium and oOsmium. These metals are extracted from the same mineral deposits and share similar qualities.
Palladium deposits are rare and found only in Australia, Africa, Russia, and North and South America. The Stillwater Mining Company in Montana is the only source of Palladium in the United States and the source of the vast majority of Palladium used in the US.
Palladium’s unique properties make it highly prized for use in a wide range of products and manufacturing processes. The production of catalytic converters uses over half of the world’s supply of Palladium. Other uses include electronics, fuel cells, ground water treatment, medicine, and dentistry. Read our article on “The Many Uses of Palladium” for additional information on Palladium’s wide-ranging role.
Palladium is silvery-white in color; very similar to Platinum, and is also of similar hardness and durability. However, as the least dense of the PGMs, Palladium weighs significantly less than Platinum. This lighter weight, combined with a lower per ounce cost, as well as its natural white color, has made Palladium an increasingly popular choice for yet another wonderful use – creating exceptional quality fine jewelry.