(Closed) Palladium?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Both of our bands are palladium(My e-ring is platinum). I like them they’re shiney like platinum but were very affordable. We aren’t wearing them yet so I can’t comment about the strength or the tarnishing but I think they’re a good deal.

Post # 4
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Why Palladium?

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.

Palladium has always been one of the four precious metals. In fact, designers have been working with palladium since 1939.

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.

Wedding Photo

Your Big Day

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.

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Naturally white precious metal diamond engagement and wedding rings



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.

Next, read why we’ve fallen in love with this precious metal – Creating Jewelry with Palladium

Post # 5
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m all for palladium, can you tell?  My best friend had two bands made in palladium to go next to her grandmother’s platinum ring, because she can’t afford platinum, has allergies to 14k white gold, and doesn’t want the color to change over time.  She loves her palladium rings.  They don’t scratch as easy as gold, they are more durable than platinum, and half the weight and half the price.  Go for it, spend money on the diamond/gemstone not on the metal.

Post # 6
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just found out about this metal when ring shopping and I have to say, looked into geting a palladium ring.  

Post # 7
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like the rarity factor of palladium. It’s also harder to mine than gold or platinum, so that is another cool factor. However, palladium is softer than white gold, for example, meaning it’ll be easier to scratch. Sure, it’s pretty, but pretty doesn’t mean better. If it were me, I’d probably opt for the white gold.

Post # 8
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@elle_z:  that’s not the case…white gold scratches even with a cloth.  oils on your heands wear it down over time, its only more malliable to work with for a setter, but over time palladium is much more scratch resistant and is more durable over time because it does not rub off from skin oils or wear and tear.  you know how gold bands get so thin over time on the bottom, they wear off more than the platinum group of metals PGMs.  palladium is 10% stonger than platinum too.

Post # 9
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My husband has a palladium ring as we wanted something a bit more hard-wearing (mine is white gold to match my e-ring). It looks great and will hopefully be resilient.

Post # 10
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My engagement ting is palladium simply because I did not want to spend $1500 more for the same ring in platinum and I’m highly allergic to the nickel used in white gold.  I love it and wouldn’t change a thing.  I plan to have my wedding band made in palladium too.


Post # 11
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m also allergic to nickel, and as I got a ring from MoissaniteCo they don’t do platinum I got palladium. I’m 100% happy with it, and I’m really pleased that it won’t tarnish or lose its colour (unlike white gold which needs re-plated). It’s bezel set and I can see very light scratches on the surface of the bezel, but htey’re only visible SUPER close up, and you can’t even see them in pictures. I’m pretty rough with my hands (which is why I got the bezel), so I’m not worried about it. 

Post # 12
8604 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

FI’s band is palladium and we really like it. In the store you couldn’t tell the difference between it and the white gold.

Post # 13
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My DH’s ring is palladium. It’s been great so far.

Post # 14
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love my palladium rings! Both my e-ring and wedding band are palladium, and I’m so glad I chose it over white gold or platinum.

Post # 15
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My e-ring is Palladium and I love it for many of the reasons mentioned above. Same cost as white gold but with the durability of platinum.

Post # 16
32 posts

My engagement ring is made of palladium. I LOVE it. It’s a beautiful white metal that has many of the same characteristics of platinum (at the price of gold). It’s beautiful! My wedding band is also a plain palladium band… can’t wait to wear it!

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