Thursday, November 15, 2012

Interesting reminder about Palladium from a jewelry newsletter I read

What is Palladium?

Tough. Sexy. Sensitive.

What makes a good piece of jewelry a spectacular piece of jewelry? What elevates a handful of fabulous designs into favorites? Obviously, they must make you feel alluring when you wear them! But there are other reasons you reach for them so often—like the luxurious quality of the metal from which they were crafted. These same qualities make palladium tough, sexy and sensitive.

TOUGH: Palladium is strong and durable. It is low density, which means it weighs less than platinum - allowing bigger and bolder jewelry designs to be created and worn with ease. Palladium is from the same family of precious metals as platinum and shares its strength. Plus, since it's naturally white, there's no expensive maintenance to keep it brilliant for life.
SEXY: Palladium is becoming the metal of choice for a growing number of fashion-forward jewelry designers and is typically less expensive than platinum or gold, making it the preference for savvy shoppers who want affordable luxury.
SENSITIVE: Those allergic to some other metals will love palladium's purity. Palladium is pure because it gets its color and luster from nature. Other metals that are not naturally white are mixed with nickel to appear white - and nickel can cause allergic reactions.

I found this in a jewelry business newsletter -- one I find very informative. National Jeweler. Have you signed up for it yet?

I explored palladium when I was writing my book, Links, but the websites for the metal were not
available at the time. It was just shaping up
as an accessible new metal for designers. I was able to
use argentium in Links. Argentium was a lot of fun to work with, however it isn't anything like palladium. It is a modern silver alloy.
Additionally, it is more
expensive than its "sister metal", sterling silver.
If you are feeling flush, check out this site
I found for palladium.
Hope you enjoyed this!--jean


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