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Palladium Wedding Rings: An Affordable Alternative

Posted January 9, 2011 by in Articles | No comments yet

Gold, platinum and titanium rings are traditional and fine choices for wedding rings but their current prices makes them impractical during tough times. You would normally settle for the next best thing but the alternative to those metals is really superior and cheaper than them. Palladium rings are made of the chemical element palladium and display the same characteristics as platinum and other precious metals. Palladium rings are a better alternative to gold rings because mens palladium wedding rings are naturally white so that it does not need any electroplated coatings of rhodium, which is the protective coating used for white gold wedding rings.

Palladium’s natural whiteness means it will literally stay white forever. On the other hand, white gold has electroplated coatings of rhodium to make it very white but the color will gradually fade with the passage of time. You will have to re-plate your gold rings again with rhodium to make it white and you will have to repeat the whole process each time the colors fade, which is a bit costly and troublesome. Other benefits of men’s palladium wedding bands are their characteristic qualities of being hypoallergenic and nickel-free, which means you will not feel any irritation when wearing them if you have sensitive skin.

Gold possesses unique precious metal qualities and if the gold content is decreased in order to achieve whiter color the resulted alloy ceases to resemble the initial precious metal properties. High purities white gold are impossible (there is no 22k white gold) with 75% (18k) being the highest. Even the best white gold alloy is not white enough and has to be rhodium plated. Rhodium plating is a surface treatment and it wears off. Purity – Platinum and men’s palladium wedding ring have naturally the best clean of overtone white color and thus they are used in almost pure form (95%). The alloying 5% are usually also metals from the PGM’s (Platinum Group Metals) Ruthenium and Iridium being the first choice. This leaves us with 100% noble metal content in the ready item. The highest purity white gold alloy has 75 % gold and often this is the only precious metal involved. Palladium gold alloys bring this percentage to about 87.5, but still very far from 100% noble metal content. Jewelry with 100% noble metal content possesses some very important qualities: It never tarnishes, changes color and it is totally hypoallergenic.

Palladium fits perfectly all the criteria. Now strait to the price issue: Palladium finished item is priced per gram in the vicinity of 14k gold and sometimes lower. Compared to platinum which is the closest rival in appearance and quality its cost is between 1/3 and 1/4 of the price per gram finished item. Because of its lower density however it comes much cheaper if compared with identical platinum item. The current low price of palladium is set to explode soon and is wise to take advantage of it. The next question comes naturally: What are the drawbacks? As there is nothing ideal, palladium also have a weak point. It is more difficult to manufacture and highly demanding in terms of technology and materials used in the process. The good news however, is that in no way this difficulties affect the customer nor the maintenance of the item after the purchase. From the customer`s point of view palladium just has all the right qualities. The last point is the availability. Palladium jewelry is still very new as solo jewelry media. It is closely related to popularity and price. As the popularity grows, which is inevitable considering the advantages of this meta, so will grow the availability and unfortunately its price.

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