Palladium is a pure and precious metal. Similar to platinum, palladium is part of the platinum group metals and shares similar qualities to platinum. While palladium may sound like a new discovery in jewelry, it has been used in fine jewelry making for more than a century. Mined in only a few places around the world, palladium is relatively rare and has become a popular alternative to other alloy metals.
Palladium is a rare and pure metal. It is not man made as many might believe. Similar to platinum, palladium is used as an alloy of 95% purity or 950. Like silver, palladium is often mixed with gold to create white gold. Because of its high level of purity, palladium is hypo-allergenic.
Palladium is lighter than platinum, and harder than gold and silver. Because of this durability, palladium is a popular choice for jewelry designers. The metal can be cast into delicate and intricate jewelry designs allowing craftsmen to fashion ornate embellishments, detailed decorations and exceptional diamond or gemstone settings.
Palladium's lustrous silver-white color makes it an attractive choice for jewelry. Whiter than platinum, palladium does not need to be plated in rhodium or other alloys. Palladium rarely tarnishes ensuring jewelry stays bright and in good condition.
Palladium offers nearly all of the brilliant attributes that platinum offers but is more affordable. Because of this reasonable price, palladium has grown in popularity and more and more gemstones and designs can be found using this precious metal.
To ensure palladium retains its shine and luster, be sure to keep it clean and in a safe place. To clean palladium jewelry, simply use a commercial jewelry cleaner that is safe for palladium or wash the piece in warm, soapy water. Be sure to rinse off all soap residue and dry completely before wearing or storing. Palladium jewelry can also be taken to a jeweler for polishing and/or cleaning.