Palladium is in the same family of metals as platinum and because of this it shares many of the same characteristics. Palladium is a strong, white, lustrous metal with the difference being its lower melting point and reduced weight. This makes palladium an excellent choice for jewellery as it offers many of the same benefits as platinum for a lower expense. Whilst not as dense and durable as platinum it is still hard wearing and naturally white in colour.
It is a relatively new metal only discovered in 1803 and is also used in the same industries as Platinum but mostly in catalytic converters. It is however becoming more common in jewellery as people seek an alternative to platinum in order to save on expenditure.
The hallmark for palladium is ‘950’ with a purity of 95%.