Palladium resembles the lustrous appearance of platinum and has been used as a precious metal since 1939. It has recently seen an upsurge in popularity to become one of our most fashionable metals.
Palladium falls within the platinum group of metals, but is softer than platinum and more affordable. It can be used as a bleaching within the manufacturing of white gold. Its natural, lustrous, silvery-white colour does not need to be plated.
Palladium is the least dense of the metals in the platinum family, so like gold – it can be beaten as thin as a leaf. It shares many of the same chemical properties of platinum; it is naturally hypoallergenic, for the benefit of those with sensitive skin or allergies.
Also like platinum, palladium develops a natural patina over time. If it is dented or scratched, the metal simply displaces and can easily be rectified with polishing. It's best to avoid wearing your palladium jewellery if carrying out any hands-on, heavy work. For more information, read our Caring For Your Jewellery Guide.
It is perfect in all types of jewellery, and makes an ideal substitute for white gold and platinum. Palladium is a sophisticated, precious metal in its own right and is even more elegant, when set with diamonds or precious gemstones. It has become particularly popular as a cheaper alternative to platinum for wedding bands and is crafted to create stunning engagement rings.