While shopping for metals, we stumbled upon a new white metal - Palladium (Pd) and here are some of it's qualities that got us all excited:
There's also an interesting history about it (source: Wiki):
Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas.
In 2001, palladium was more expensive than platinum and rarely used in jewelry due to challenges in jewelry-making. Later, the problem is resolved and it become increasingly popular for jewelry again when the cost of platinum increased drastically. Further increase in gold and platinum prices, makes palladium a good white metal alternative.
So being very much a metals geek, we have to buy some to try it out :P
Check out our signature organic hammered band made in Palladium950 (meaning 95% Palladium - the purest we can find). As compared to US sterling silver, we still find it looks greyer than expected but we do like the slightly darker bullet grey colour :) In terms of weight and feel, it is comparable with gold. We think this is a good value and who knows it may one day appreciate in value again like in 2001.
What do you think?
Here's a pic of how it looks like with the other metals and with just white metals.