Palladium vs Platinum or White Gold
The price of Platinum and Gold has skyrocketed and caused a great deal of concern for both manufacturers and retailers within the jewellery industry. Manufacturing items such as diamond engagement rings and wedding bands have become more expensive. Could Palladium be the new alternative? In fact, the popular metal Palladium is already on the rise as more and more customers are seeking an affordable alternative, due the rise in prices for platinum and gold.
Palladium is generally alloyed with elements such as Ruthenium and Iridium (Palladium accounting for approx 95%). It is also a Platinum group metal and comes with many advantages. For example:
- It does not tarnish or lose whiteness when worn.
- Palladium does not need to be rhodium plated.
- Palladium is harder wearing.
As it’s a platinum group metal its makes the jewellery item hypo-allergenic. (non nickel based).
The colour of palladium is slightly darker than platinum, making any set diamonds on the shank of the ring look brighter.
Palladium is in the same price bracket as white gold, but due to the price of gold steadily rising, Palladium should become relatively less expensive.
Saving the best fact for last: PALLADIUM is actually rarer than GOLD and may hold a higher value in the future, especially if it becomes sought after over Gold due to jewellery trends in the buying market.
FACT: Since January 2010, Palladium has been officially recognised as a precious metal. If a Palladium designed ring weighs more than 1 gram it is now a legal requirement in the United Kingdom for it to be hallmarked. This from the Assay Office in Britain:
“The symbol for Palladium is the Pallas Athene, the Greek Goddess of War, Wisdom and Crafts, after whom it was named. The mark was designed for use as part of the Palladium hallmark shown here”
If you decide to go for a gorgeous Palladium engagement ring, don’t be afraid to make the change.