PALLADIUM - the 4th noble metal
Because we are the manufacturers of what we sell we are able to offer a bespoke service and make your diamond ring, wedding ring or eternity ring in palladium as an alternative to white gold?
- AND WHAT AN ALTERNATIVE ............
- Affordable (costs less than platinum)
- Durable (harder than gold)
- Pure White (no rhodium plating required)
- No recorded allergies
A rare and lustrous silvery-white metal that was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, who named it palladium after the asteroid Pallas. Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewellery since 1939, as an alternative to white gold. Its naturally white properties mean no need for rhodium plating. It is a little greyer than Platinum but with the DiamondGeezer.com mirror polish its very difficult to discern any difference. Palladium is also lighter and about 12% harder than platinum. 950 Palladium is more durable than white gold. Wear testing has shown a 15% longer wear ratio. Like platinum, it will develop a milky patina over time which many like. Over time palladium will show the signs of everyday wear, but the surface is easily restored to the original lustre by cleaning and polishing, a service we are happy to provide.
The latest from the Assay Office is that we should see a palladium hallmark in 2009 and a legal requirement to hallmark in early 2010. Just watch what happens to the level of use and the price after that happens!
Added February 2010
As a leading UK online diamond jeweller & also jewellery manufacturers, DiamondGeezer.com welcomes the new compulsory hallmarking of palladium jewellery which became law in the U.K on the 1st January 2010. Voluntary hallmarking for Palladium has been available since July 2009 and over 40,000 pieces have been voluntarily hallmarked in the last six months. We believe that this demonstrates the potential popularity of this newly recognised precious metal. CHECK OUT OUR BLOG ENTRY
Hallmarking has protected the consumer and ensured the U.K. jewellery industry operates exacting, high standards for over 700 years. No piece of fine jewellery can be sold as silver, platinum or gold in the UK unless it has been hallmarked (subject to certain exemptions). The hallmark is made up of three compulsory symbols, the sponsors mark, identifying who submitted the item for hallmarking, the town mark, indicating which Assay Office tested and hallmarked the item and the fineness mark which denotes the purity of the metal alloy.
Dragons' Den diamond lapel pin