What Are the Benefits of Palladium?

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Palladium has become a popular metal in jewelry ever since a cost-effective 950-palladium alloy debuted on the market. Though it doesn't have the pedigree or history of either gold or platinum, it can form into beautiful rings and bracelets that look just as nice as their more familiar counterparts. A writer at Better Than Diamond goes so far as to call it the best possible metal a jewelry customer can buy.

It's Light

Because palladium is not as dense as platinum, jewelry made from it is up to 40 percent lighter than platinum jewelry. This allows jewelers to mold palladium into more intricate patterns than more traditional metals allow. According to a writer at Elsa Diamonds, this also means that palladium rings can hold much heavier stones than gold or platinum rings without causing discomfort for the wearer.

It Has A Uniform Color

Unlike white gold, 950-palladium is composed of metals that create a true (and natural) white color. White gold is composed of gold, nickel, and a rhodium plating that covers the metal with a white sheen. Over time, this plating erodes and the metal becomes more and more yellow, according to a writer at Ganoksin. Palladium doesn't need this plating, and so it retains its white color over time. It's also less likely to tarnish.

It's Durable

Though its low weight implies that it's not very sturdy, 950-palladium is actually up to 10 percent harder than platinum. This means that palladium rings and bracelets are less likely to scratch or deform.

It's Hypoallergenic

Many people are allergic to gold jewelry. Though this seems to indicate an allergy to gold itself, their bodies are actually responding to nickel, which comprises up to 10 percent white gold pieces and other gold alloys. Since palladium has no nickel, there's no chance that a wearer will develop an allergic reaction.

It's Cheap

Palladium is cheaper than platinum and high-end grades of gold. Even though it's more than 30 times rarer than gold, its pricing is competitive with 18 karat white variations, according to a writer at Better Than Diamond. For this reason, it's a cost-effective and attractive alternative to 24 karat gold and platinum.

It's Malleable

Because palladium is easier to mold than both white gold and platinum, jewelers can shape it into more intricate shapes and patterns. This means that palladium is ideal for buying ornamented bands, Celtic knot bracelets, metallic pendants and other handcrafted pieces of jewelry.