The history of palladium naturally starts with the history of platinum and the platinum group metals of which palladium is a member. Palladium was isolated from platinum and identified as a separate elemental metal in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston.
Palladium jewelry continues to gain in popularity around the world. It's light weight and luster is transforming it into a choice metal for unique custom pieces. Palladium jewelry was hard to find just a few years ago and is now enjoying gaining popularity in the jewelry industry.
Alone, or alloyed, palladium offers some of the same metal working properties as other jewelry metals. Being part of the platinum group metals, it is also hypo-allergenic and remains tarnish free. It also offers a sharply different price point than platinum. Because it is also lighter than platinum, nearly half the weight, larger necklaces and bracelets can be made capable of bearing larger gemstones with no gain in overall weight. For the same reason, palladium can be an especially good choice in earrings. With the price of platinum and gold reaching recent highs, use of palladium for jewelry has seen renewed interest domestically and abroad.