By:
Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

If you love the look of silver, white gold, or platinum, you should know that palladium is fast gaining ground as the “fourth precious metal.” This by-product of platinum mining has some advantages over its precious metal brethren, not the least of which is cost. While palladium is virtually indistinguishable from platinum to the untrained eye, it will not tarnish (like silver) or require re-plating (like white gold, which is covered with a layer of rhodium that can wear off). Moreover, this brilliant white precious metal is about half the weight of platinum and two-thirds the weight of 18-carat white gold, and its cost advantages over these precious metals are roughly commensurate with its weight advantages. Interested? Who wouldn’t be?

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