By:
Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

 

As lovers of fine jewelry increasingly gravitate toward white gold and platinum, they should know that they have yet another option. Palladium, which is in the platinum group of metals, has a steel-white appearance and purity that is on a par with platinum. It has nearly half the weight of platinum, which makes it a less-expensive alternative on an equal-volume basis. Palladium is also harder than white gold and hypoallergenic, while white gold may be alloyed with nickel that may cause an allergic reaction. As the buying public increasingly comes to appreciate palladium’s platinumlike characteristics, and jewelry designers seize upon palladium’s low-weight advantages, this beautiful precious white metal is fast gaining mainstream status. Palladium is a truly luxurious white metal. It has become the new symbol of love and promise.

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