Palladium was discovered relatively recently in 1803, named after Pallas Athena – the goddess of wisdom and war. Her image, hallmarked on Palladium jewellery by the UK Assay Office guarantees its purity and quality. It does not tarnish and jewellery made from palladium is 95% pure – similar to the purity of platinum, and although it has similar strength to platinum it is a lighter metal which means less is needed to create your look. Lightness is also a huge advantage in practical terms. Bold earrings made from platinum could be uncomfortably heavy, whereas a palladium alternative could be very wearable
An increasingly popular choice since it gained its UK hallmark in 2009, initially as an alternative to Platinum when looking to achieve a contemporary and more substantial look, such as a man’s wedding band. Now I am finding it is increasingly the metal of choice for women’s wedding rings and engagement ring commissions.
Palladium behaves differently and takes longer to work than gold, so the labour costs are higher, yet the price per gramme currently brings it between 9 and 18ct gold which is substantially less than the “Rolls Royce” of metals Platinum . We can highly recommend Palladium for a contemporary and enduring design as we have the experience and knowledge that working with Palladium requires.