A true vintage diamond wedding band crafted in palladium from the 1940's. Three rows of diamond are set across the top of this classic ring. Image courtesy of Lang Antiques
Palladium is a member of the platinum
group. The difference between palladium and the rest of the platinum group is that it is subject to attack by nitric acid and by hot sulphuric acid. It is very soft and malleable and is sometimes beaten into leaf for decorative purposes. Alloyed
it results in a very white metal with only a 15 percent concentration. It is used in solder
for platinum. Alloyed with ruthenium and rhodium it is suitable for jewelry having the look of platinum but half the weight.