Tuesday, August 28, 2007

the wonders of palladium

My engagement ring looks like it is platinum, but it is not. It is palladium.

For those of you who haven't heard, palladium is posing to be the next biggest thing in jewelry. It is whiter than platinum, making it perfect for those looking for white-silver colored jewelry. It is lighter than platinum, which is perfect for those who don't like the weight of platinum rings, as well as for other types of jewelry, such as earrings, that can't feasibly be made of platinum because of the weight. It is stronger than platinum, which is definitely a good thing when it comes to rings not bending. It is 95% pure, like platinum rings are.

One more benefit? It is cheaper than platinum. Much cheaper. It is currently priced at not much more than white gold. And unlike white gold, it is hypoallergenic and never needs to be plated because its natural color is white.

This article does a good job of explaining many of the benefits.

And one more thing, unlike the mining of other aspects of jewelry, it is readily available by this mine that engages in safe, legal, ethical mining practices.

Look at theses rings:

Rings found here.

Of what is your engagement ring or wedding ring made?

1 comment:

mnc said...

My engagement ring is a three-stone round white gold.