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Palladium or Platinum?

16 Mar 2019
Should you choose Palladium or Platinum?

Trying to choose between Palladium and Platinum?

Platinum and Palladium are from the same family of metals and share many of the same properties.

Palladium has been classed as a precious metal since 2009 and is still a relatively 'new' metal used in jewellery manufacturing.

Both metals are 95% pure, naturally white and don't require any plating (as white gold does).

Palladium is far less dense than platinum.  If you hold a palladium and a platinum ring in each hand you will feel the platinum ring is far more substantial/weightier.

Platinum is easier to manipulate/work with than palladium; palladium becomes very brittle when heated.  Palladium is therefore harder to adjust/resize than a platinum ring.

Platinum is considered the 'best' metal used in jewellery making as it is the strongest i.e the most secure metal in terms of holding a diamond in place.

A platinum ring will hold stones securely with even quite fine claws, whereas thicker claws would be needed if the ring was palladium.

As the two metals are very similar in some ways, you may wonder why platinum is worth the extra cost. For some, nothing beats the prestige of platinum, it is still the most desirable metal used in jewellery making and is much rarer than gold which adds to the higher price tag.

For men's jewellery in particular, most find they prefer the weightier, more substantial feel of platinum over palladium. However, due to the price differential (particularly in men's rings which consist of a lot more metal than a ladies ring) palladium rings are becoming a popular choice.

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