A member of the platinum group of metals, palladium is naturally white and has been rising in popularity with jewelers for decades. Palladium is whiter, 40% lighter, and 12% harder than platinum. When platinum was declared a strategic government resource during World War II, palladium was widely used as a substitute for rings and other jewelry. One of the most common metals found in white gold alloys, palladium is hypoallergenic, making it a practical substitute for those with nickel allergies. Over time, palladium will develop a patina similar to that of platinum jewelry.
- Palladium alloys for jewelry manufacturing are pure, like platinum alloys used for the same. They are alloyed predominantly with other platinum group metals.
- The alloys consist of 95 percent palladium and are typically alloyed with ruthenium with trace amounts of other non-allergenic metals that contribute to hardness.
- Like platinum, palladium wears better than white gold. Palladium jewelry a 15 percent greater wear resistance when compared to white gold.
- Palladium is comparable in weight to 14-karat gold, making it very comfortable to wear even larger pieces. 950 palladium has a specific gravity of 12.0. The specific gravity of most 14-karat white gold alloys is 12.7. With the specific gravities being almost the same, individual pieces of jewelry in 950 palladium and 14-karat white gold will weigh about the same.
- Palladium and other platinum group metals are hypoallergenic. Many 14-karat white gold alloys contain nickel, an element which commonly causes allergic reactions.
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