While palladium has been around for a while, it didn’t make its debut in the fine jewelry market until World War II when platinum was pulled from fine jewelry and dedicated to the war efforts. Since then, brides and grooms alike have realized all that this fine metal has to offer.
More than just a replacement for platinum, palladium can make your engagement ring shine for a lifetime. Here’s everything you need to know about palladium.
Palladium vs. Platinum
Palladium and platinum come from the same family of metals. But they have their own unique properties and benefits.
For starters, palladium is actually stronger than platinum, so even though both metals offer a good amount of durability, you can feel more confident with palladium on your finger. It is resistant to scratching and denting, meaning your ring will look great for decades.
However, just like platinum, palladium doesn’t lose metal if it does get scratched. The metal is simply displaced, making it a fast fix and long-lasting value.
Palladium is also less dense than platinum, which means it is lighter in weight than platinum and will be more comfortable to wear long-term.
On the other hand, palladium and platinum share some of their best traits as well. They are both pure white metals, meaning they won’t need any maintenance to keep up their white shine. They do both develop a patina over time. So if you love the antique look of a patina, enjoy. If not, a jeweler can easily buff it off.
Palladium and platinum are both rare metals, which means they are a luxurious choice and will be on the higher end price wise.
Both metals are hypoallergenic as well, so they are a great option for every ring wearer.
Great Ring Options
Palladium is the perfect blend of durability and malleability. It can withstand the wear and tear of your everyday activities but it is still soft enough to shape into the design you want. Whether you want a unique design or ornate details, palladium can give you a one-of-a-kind ring.
The white of palladium is also a versatile option. You can trust your ring to match every other metal and a variety of gemstones as well as different skin tones and outfit colors.