Wednesday, 17 September 2014


I know from talking to couples at Wedding Fairs that you have been getting some conflicting information so I thought I would do a short article so you can learn the truth.  There are 2 grades of Palladium metal two have a 950 hallmark and one has a 500 hallmark.

The best Palladium is 950 Palladium with .05% Ruthenium and this is the only Palladium that Goldfinger use to make their jewellery.  This Palladium scores the same as Platinum on the Mohs hardness test.  Hardness tests are not about scratching as every metal will scratch with daily wear and tear but about how easily they dent.  Mixing Ruthenium with Palladium is the only truly successful combination.  Ruthenium is part of the platinum group of metals and by using this mix you are maintaining the purity and integrity of the metals.

The other 950 Palladium has a .05% silver mix and this Palladium is not as hard.

The 500 Palladium is 500 Palladium and 500 silver mix and this is definitely not as hard as Platinum.

I have spoken to a lot of customers who have been told that Palladium is very soft and will dent more than Platinum and the truth is that Palladium with silver is softer but if you buy the Palladium/Ruthenium mix it is a really good metal.  Especially as it is so much cheaper than Platinum but is a naturally white metal, hypoallergenic and scores the same on the hardness scale as Platinum when you try and dent it.  Platinum is a denser metal but both Palladium and Platinum are a naturally white metal.  Platinum and Palladium look very similar when held together and the only difference will be the weight.  Platinum is far more expensive because it is rarer and the price is decided by the stock market.
Some jewellers have not worked with Palladium very much and will not recommend it for that reason but Goldfinger Rings have been working and selling Palladium for a very long time.  Please check out about metals.

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