Palladium is an incredible metal that is now becoming increasingly popular for use in jewelry. Despite being discovered in 1803, palladium’s rarity meant that it was more commonly used for industrial purposes (primarily automotive catalysts) than for its appearance until very recently. Palladium belongs to a group of very rare metals called Platinum Group Metals, or PGMs, many of which are also considered precious metals. Since 1803, a small handful of deposits of palladium have been discovered around the world, increasing its overall supply, though not enough to reduce its incredible value.
In jewelry, palladium has recently become highly valued because of its incredible silver color. Unlike the metal silver, though, it is highly resistant to the loss of luster. Silver often tarnishes much easier than other precious metals, but palladium gives a beautiful silvery appearance without the increased risk of tarnish. This resistance to tarnish is part of what has made palladium silver men’s rings so popular. Palladium will hold a shine regardless of your field of work, level of activity, or environment (while not indestructible, of course, palladium is quite resistant to environmental factors such as humidity.)
Additionally, palladium’s resistance to tarnish means that it is an ideal wedding ring or family symbol. Jewelry made of palladium can, with reasonable care, last generations without losing its style, beauty, or value. Palladium’s value, of course, is another reason that palladium silver men’s rings have grown in popularity. A ring made out of palladium has incredibly increased value, simply because of the metal it is crafted from.
Palladium can be mixed into an alloy with gold to create vibrant white gold coloration that does not require the usual resurfacing of gold with rhodium. White gold made with palladium is considered to be both beautiful and ideal for reasons of health, as it removes the need for mixing with other metals like silver and nickel, both of which can irritate common allergies.
While the first palladium jewelry pieces appeared around the early 1940s, they did not experience a true growth in popularity until the mid-2000s. This is because palladium was long considered to be remarkably difficult to cast, requiring specialized skills and tools. In the mid-2000s, a technique was developed to greatly increase the ease of casting the metal. Additionally, platinum costs have spiked in recent years, causing palladium to become more favored as a high-value precious metal for many jewelers who do not want to pay the incredible premium on platinum at the moment.
Palladium silver men’s rings are still a rising trend, and the metal stands out as favorable for customized rings. Jewelry shoppers hoping to find a unique and personalized ring will be hard pressed to find a metal more unique than palladium. Despite its rising popularity, it is still a very rare metal that is sourced from only a handful of solitary ore veins. Wearing a palladium ring is sure to catch eyes and bring about confidence in the value of one’s jewelry.
Most recently, palladium has been utilized to create breathtaking designs that depart from traditional jewelry norms. One such example is the twig ring, which involves carefully selecting a twig from a specific type of tree, tying it into a ring, and then casting it in palladium, creating a wild and wonderful design.
We offer a great selection of unique, creative, and artistic palladium silver men’s rings at our shop, located at oliviaewing.com. We are an independent, small-business jeweler that focuses on creating unforgettable, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Come visit us today and see what wonders we can craft together!