Palladium: Everything You Need to Know! - Do Amore

Palladium

Palladium is a relatively new jewelry metal and one that took off with a bang! Palladium is exceedingly rare and is naturally white, making it a great engagement ring metal. While its sister metal, Platinum, is a shockingly heavy metal, Palladium heft is closer to that of 14k gold.

Purity

Just like Platinum, when used in jewelry, Palladium is mixed with other metals to make it more workable. Because Palladium is a relatively new jewelry metal, the mixtures available keep changing. Currently, Palladium is available in Palladium 950 (950 parts Palladium and 50 parts other) as well as a newcomer Palladium 500 (500 parts Palladium, 500 parts silver). There is a huge difference in quality and allergen between Palladium 950 and 500. For this reason, Do Amore uses only 950 Palladium in its rings.

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Purity

Quality

Allergen

Palladium 950

950/50

Fine Jewelry

Hypoallergenic

Palladium 500

500/500

Alternative Metal

Beware: Nickel Content

How to Care for Palladium

Because Palladium is a naturally white metal, it does not require rhodium plating like white gold does. So, there is no necessary upkeep with a Palladium ring. Instead, as Palladium ages, it develops a darker gray “patina” from your daily wear. This patina is the result of minute scratches, effects from your skin oils, etc. Some people like to think of it as the life of their ring. Other couples prefer to have the patina refinished every few years to keep it bright. It is your choice!

Note: Some jewelers do not work on Palladium. When you purchase from Do Amore, know that we offer lifetime ring refinishing to keep your Palladium gorgeous!

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Platinum v. Palladium v. White Gold

Couples who want a “white” engagement ring are in luck – there are three options! In addition to Palladium, Do Amore also crafts rings in platinum and white gold. Below are the differences between these metals:

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Palladium

Platinum

White Gold

Color

White

White

Vanilla White

Heaviness

Average

Heavy

Average

Maintenance

Platinum and Palladium will develop a "patina," which can be polished off, but most prefer to keep it.

None

None

Rhodium

Cost & Value

Metal values fluctuate greatly. Palladium cost and value has skyrocketed recently. This may change with time.

$$$

$$

$

Other

Some jewelers will not work on

N/A

N/A

Settings that Pair Well with Palladium

Below are our favorite Palladium Engagement Rings and Palladium Wedding Bands!

Money Tips

At this time, couples considering a white metal should also consider Platinum, as it is also naturally white, and less expensive.

1 Things to Ask Your Jeweler

  • 01.

    Purity?

    Make sure you are being shown Palladium 950 and not Palladium 500!

Other Ring Resources

See our in-depth educational guides, which were made to give practical advice with every aspect of your ring.

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