950 Palladium: Finishing Procedures
Practicing specific procedures for pre-finishing and polishing of 950 palladium will make a stunning difference in the final presentation of this fine jewelry product.
Advantages of Using New 950 Palladium Alloys for Fine Jewelry
The following points highlight benefits of using new 950 palladium alloys as compared to white gold or platinum for use with fine jewelrly:
- Palladium, like platinum is used in a pure form and is most often alloyed with other platinum group metals like ruthenium.
- The specific gravity of palladium is similar to white gold and almost half of platinum allowing for bold, expressive design concepts with the luxurious rich look of this lighter, brighter metal.
- Palladium is naturally bright white and therefore does not require repeated rhodium plating to keep the finished piece white during normal wear.
- Pre-finishing and polishing palladium requires fewer steps than platinum.
- Palladium, like platinum is hypo-allergenic.
- Palladium is malleable and has little or no memory, an advantage for dead-setting of gemstones, hand forming and design fabrication.
- Luxury jewelry designers have discovered the versatility and classic appeal of palladium to be elemental in the creation of their finest gemstone suites and one-of-a-kind pieces.