Buying a Palladium Ring: Facts & Characteristics Are you considering buying a palladium ring? Although the metal palladium itself isn't new, the ability to work it effectively into jewelry is the result of advances in development of a cast-able palladium alloy is new. The new alloy, 950 Palladium, is ideal for creating jewelry and is malleable enough to allow jewelers to cast, mold, sculpt, and strong enough to stand up to a lifetime of everyday wear. Since 1939, Palladium has been used in fine jewelry. Palladium rings will give another alternative to white gold and platinum, silver and titanium in the panoply of white colored engagement, wedding and anniversary rings. Do Palladium Rings Tarnish? Palladium rings are extremely tarnish resistant. Palladium rings are comprised of 95% pure palladium which means they do not contain the metals that cause silver to tarnish. White gold needs to be treated with a process involving "re-rhodium" otherwise it will turn back to its yellow gold color every few years. Palladium rings feature a more radiant white than platinum and white gold which make them ideal as wedding rings. And of course one of the best things about palladium is the price - generally about one fifth of the price of platinum. Palladium rings come in an assortment of styles, from classic, heirloom to contemporary. You're sure to find the right style of Palladium ring with the luxe look of platinum. For many years, those with cash to burn have opted with platinum rings for the ultimate in looks, durability and hypoallergenic characteristics. If you could not afford platinum and were willing to sacrifice hypoallergenic status to keep the fine white metal look, then the metal of your choice was white gold. With the new 950 Palladium alloy, you no longer have to sacrifice hypoallergenic properties just to get a better price. A palladium ring will retail at prices similar to white gold, but since the 950 Palladium alloy is 95% pure you will not have to worry about ring rashes or finger discomfort. In 2001, Palladium was actually more expensive than Platinum. As popularity grew, the price for Palladium rings dropped. Palladium rings are expected to continue in their rise of popularity for many years to come. For those with smaller budgets but want quality, value and beauty at an affordable price, Palladium rings are a godsend. Your palladium ring will have a lovely steel-white sheen and will be durable enough to hold any stone secure for years to come, even if you never remove your ring. Palladium will not tarnish and is great for filigree work, allowing for a broad spectrum of designs. Palladium rings are also 12% harder than Platinum, which translates into less signs of wear than Platinum. Rings made of palladium can be up to 40% lighter than platinum. For men this might not make that much of a difference, but on slender female fingers it can be a real boon, especially if the ring bears a heavy stone setting. More and more jewelers are bringing out lines of palladium jewelry, so the choice in design style is expanding with every season. Although palladium is much rarer than gold, market prices are still driven on the cost of gold, so palladium remains the better deal. With its lovely white metal sheen, the durability both of the ring body and prongs, the purity that delivers hypoallergenic wear, and the fact that it will not tarnish, buying a palladium ring for an engagement ring, a wedding ring, or an anniversary band is the perfect choice.