950 Palladium: Manufacturing Tips and Techniques
The “other white metal” is making its presence known and it won’t be long before light, bright and white 950 palladium products find their way to your workbench, either as merchandise from your store or customers’ jewelry taken in for service or alteration. Notable designers and manufacturers like Frederick Goldman, Scott Kay, and Lieberfarb have incorporated 950 palladium products in their bridal lines for over a year.
A growing list of 950 palladium suppliers and manufacturers of sheet, wire and casting grain as well as findings and mountings like Keystone Findings, Telford, PA, R-Findings, Rochester, NY and PMI, Dallas, TX are creating products for the supply and service of palladium jewelry for retailers. This series of articles featuring the manufacturing of palladium jewelry is offered to enhance your working knowledge of palladium on the sales floor and at the jewelers’ bench.
This installment features information, tips and techniques for working with palladium through a manufacturing sequence required to produce this necklace and earrings.
The weight of the necklace is very light. The specific gravity of palladium is nearly half of the weight of platinum so the larger links do not weigh the piece down when assembled. In fact the weight of the palladium links is comparable to the same made in white gold. The color distinction in two-tone jewelry is an obvious advantage. The palladium is white with a bright polished surface alongside the high polished yellow gold links – a contrast difficult to discern between yellow and non-rhodium-plated white gold. As a member of the platinum group of metals (PGM) palladium is white and therefore stays white, so plating (and re-plating) with rhodium is never necessary.