Do you know anything about palladium? Well, if you don’t, then you should!
Palladium is currently much less expensive than platinum or gold. A palladium ring should cost about 20% than a 14kt gold wedding ring, and in this day and age, that’s a savings that you really can’t sneeze at!
Here are some basic facts about palladium:
• Palladium is one of the Earth’s great naturally white precious metals; unlike white gold, palladium will never turn yellow over time. It can’t! It comes from the ground white, and will remain that way for its lifetime.
• Palladium jewelry offers some of the finer qualities of platinum but currently costs much less. But at one time, palladium actually cost more than platinum.
• While platinum will always remain the hallmark for premium white metal jewelry, palladium is a close relative that can step in and get the job done.
• Palladium is always a better option than white gold if platinum is not possible due to its current market value.
• Palladium is considered to be a hypo-allergenic metal. Platinum is as well. White gold is not.
• Because palladium is naturally white (and will remain that way), rhodium plating is not necessary. You have to rhodium plate* a white gold ring over and over to keep it looking white.
• Palladium is strong and durable, so wedding bands made of palladium can absolutely stand the test of time.
• Palladium’s purity and preciousness make it an extremely attractive value when compared to the lesser non-precious jewelry metals, like the titanium and tungsten steel that spots the market today. In fact, you can consider titanium and tungsten jewelry costume jewelry.
*What is rhodium plating? Rhodium is a chemical element that is a rare, silvery-white, metal and a member of the Platinum Group. Rhodium is applied to white gold wedding bands to help make the gold look whiter. Over time, rhodium wears off, and white gold rings will appear to have a yellowish hue.