Palladium is a recent addition to the jewellery trade and is rapidly gaining popularity. It is contemporary, unusual, but also affordable and a virtually identical alternative to the much more expensive platinum. Polished up it has a mirror-like silver surface and is stunning and highly reflective. All our palladium is of a high quality British hallmarked 950 grade.
This rare and precious metal with a lustrous silvery-white finish was only discovered in 1803. You can be forgiven for having not heard about palladium - even though it is widely used in industry as well as in jewellery making.
It is a versatile metal, which is ductile and resistant to both oxidation and high temperatures. It is predominantly mined in the United States, Canada, South Africa and Russia, but is not quite as rare as platinum.
Palladium is part of the platinum group of metals and looks virtually identical to platinum. It is lighter in weight and less dense than platinum (the same density as silver), but actually about 12% harder than platinum.
Due to platinum’s current high price, palladium is gaining popularity as a cheaper alternative metal in jewellery making. It is also used as an alloy to make white gold.