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Palladium Education & Care

    Palladium Education

Palladium, which is one of the platinum group of metals, was first discovered in 1803 by a British scientist. It has a silver-grey-white color. It was named Palladium after a newly-discovered heavenly body, Pallas, which was reclassified in 1845 as an asteroid, but was first found in 1802 and classified at that time as a planet. Palladium started being used in jewelry in the late 1930s as an alternative to white gold, as it did not need to be coated with rhodium at the end of the jewelry-making process.

Palladium will not tarnish and is hypoallergenic. Palladium also has the benefit of being strong and durable and, since it is lighter than platinum, it allows larger and bolder jewelry designs to be worn with comfort. The type of this metal available in jewelry is required to be 95% pure palladium.

Palladium Care

Even though palladium jewelry is so durable, you should store it in a fabric-lined case or in a box with dividers or separate compartments to avoid scratches or other damage from your other pieces. You can easily store your palladium jewelry in your Diamond Select box that will come with your jewelry.

Any palladium jewelry should be cleaned regularly, to keep it from building up a matte patina that decreases the shine. To clean your palladium jewelry, use a mix of mild non-abrasive detergent and warm water, or a specialized jewelry-cleaning solution. Do not use any hard bristles on your gold jewelry, as you could cause scratches. Instead, gently scrub the surface and hard-to-reach areas (such as the clasp, or between the prongs holding the gemstone) with a soft-bristled jewelry brush or with a soft cloth.

Also, be careful about wearing palladium rings if you are going to have your hands submerged in water for a substantial amount of time, as water can make your fingers shrink and you can lose your ring.