a platinum-group metal
Even though your future bride-to-be takes centre stage, the groom needs to feel just as important on the big day. The best way to make him feel just as loved and adored is by making sure he receives a designer men’s wedding band that he can cherish forever. The Shimansky Max-Line collection is made in palladium, a durable platinum-like white metal that shares a few common characteristics. Here are a few reasons why palladium is the perfect alternative to platinum for men’s wedding bands:
WHAT IS PALLADIUM?
Palladium is a luxurious white metal that is part of the platinum-group metals (PGM); the remarkable lightweight metal is extremely durable and is known for its catalytic properties. Like platinum, the unique and affordable metal is hypoallergenic as well as resistant to corrosion, tarnishing and oxidation. Palladium also has the remarkable ability to absorb gas in very high volumes. When cooled down the metal becomes extremely strong and hard, making it perfect for everyday wear.
WHY IS PALLADIUM A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO PLATINUM?
Palladium is often compared to platinum due to the fact that it looks and feels similar in comparison to one another. But how do the two metals compare in comfort, appearance, durability and, could one of the metals possibly replace the other?
THE APPEARANCE OF PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM
When it comes to platinum and palladium both of the metals are naturally white in colour. This alone makes the metal very desirable to the wearer. Platinum is, however, one shade whiter than palladium, but the difference in colour is minimal. Due to the remarkable feature of both metals being naturally white in colour it calls for less maintenance compared to white gold rings that require regular rhodium plating.
THE COMFORT OF PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM
Due to palladium density, the metal is a lot lighter in weight when crafted into a wedding band as compared to platinum. This, however, doesn’t affect the comfort of the ring; in some cases, men prefer the heavier weight of platinum, while others prefer the light-weight of palladium. In the end, the choice is up to the wearer. In both cases, the metals are considered to be extremely comfortable for everyday wear.
THE DURABILITY OF PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM
Both palladium and platinum are hard wearing metals and perfectly suited for use in wedding bands for men. Platinum and palladium will develop a patina finish; this is when the scratches on the metal move to different parts of the ring giving it a matte-like finish. In most cases, the patina look is loved by many, but if you would like to restore the metal's shiny appearance you can easily request for it to be polished.
Whether you’ve been thinking about purchasing a platinum or palladium wedding band be assured to know that both of the metals are quite similar. Both of these popular metals are hypoallergenic, naturally white in colour, durable and extremely comfortable. All palladium and platinum rings have minimum upkeep and maintenance making it perfect for a men’s wedding band. To view the wide variety of stylish and unique platinum and palladium wedding bands Shimansky has to offer, click here or visit your nearest Shimansky store.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM
Palladium is a noble metal and part of the Platinum group of metals. It was discovered in 1803 and was named after the asteroid Pallas.
Being a noble metal, the colour that you see is the metal colour throughout with no plating required, like in the case of white gold. Palladium’s low density makes a jewellery item weigh lighter than Platinum jewellery, lowering the cost to manufacturer and consumer alike. Palladium is also hyper-allergenic and will not cause skin rashes or discomfort any person prone to allergies.
The use of Palladium is jewellery manufacturing dates back to 1938, where the alternative white metal was explored to replace its more expensive sibling, Platinum. Today Palladium is a recognised precious metal and used for making jewellery, predominantly engagement rings and men’s wedding bands. Its white-greenish lustre is modern, contemporary and sought after by many new consumers around the world.
Other uses for Palladium are in electronics and the car industry as a catalyst converter of emission gas into a lesser harmful gas. Palladium can be found mainly in South Africa, Russia and Montana in the USA.
The most popular and best alloy for jewellery usage is 95% purity which makes the jewellery pure and durable at the same time. Any jewellery design that is possible with Platinum is also possible using Palladium, from hand-crafted jewellery making to machine casting and production work. Palladium will continue to grow in popularity with time.