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What is Palladium
Palladium, represented by the symbol Pd, is a rare metal distinguished by its white silver luster. It belongs to a family of other metals called platinum groups of metals (PGMs), namely; iridium, osmium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. Being likely found in the same mineral deposits and their similarity in chemical and physical properties is the main reason why these elements are grouped together. It is the softest, least dense, and has the lowest melting point of all PGMs.
Palladium may not have a long history like gold and silver, but it is one of the world’s most sought after metals.
English chemist William Hyde Wollaston discovered palladium while experimenting on the platinum ore (that he brought back from South America). He dissolved it in aqua regia (a mixture of fuming liquid mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid), and it was then when he found palladium in the ore.
Scientists are expected to immediately publish their works upon discovering something, and Wollaston, on the other hand, marketed and sold the samples instead. Even though Richard Chenevix, a fellow chemist, was doubtful, he still bought and experimented with the samples, which 0he dismissed as just an alloy of platinum and mercury. And as a result, Wollaston only went public with his discovery in 1805.
As stated in his lab report, palladium was named after 2 Pallas, an asteroid discovered two months earlier.
Palladium was one of the main ingredients in producing white gold before 2004. During the Second World War, platinum was considered a valuable resource; thus, palladium was used in making jewelry ribbons. Palladium was used in making white gold jewelry before 1939, mainly because of its natural color, where jewelry no longer needs a rhodium plating.
The price of platinum increased in early 2004; as a result, China began using palladium in jewelry making and exhausting 37 tons in 2005. Palladium was used instead of platinum to manufacture white gold, gold, silver, and a few high-end jewelry.
Where Palladium is Found
PGMs ore deposits are quite rare; the large-scale ones are found in the norite belt of the Bushveld Igneous Complex that is in:
- the Transvaal Basin in South Africa;
- the Stillwater Complex in Montana, United States;
- the Sudbury Basin and the Thunder Bay District of Ontario, Canada; and
- the Norilsk Complex in Russia.
Top producers of palladium
The top two global producers of palladium are Russia at 44% and South Africa at 40%, whereas the two other large producers Canada and the United States, are at 6% and 5%, respectively.
Recycled scrapped catalytic converters are also another source of palladium.
Characteristics of Palladium
One of the unique characteristics of palladium is that it can be forged to thinness of about 100 nanometers as it is lighter than platinum and is similar to gold. It is also used to produce white gold. Palladium alloyed with gold is costlier than nickel and gold; however, they hardly ever cause a sensitive reaction and are safe for human use.
Pure palladium is used in jewelry making just like platinum, gold, and silver, and identifying its purity is very similar to platinum.
Jewelry stores determine purity mostly in two types:
- A jewelry piece with 95% pure palladium and 5% other metals.
- A jewelry piece with 90% pure palladium and 10% other metals.
Palladium is commonly alloyed with other non-toxic metals and ruthenium to make items harder and more consistent.
Durability and Versatility
While platinum is lightweight, palladium is even lighter; thus, it is one of the best metals to use when making complicated designs. It is also the best metal for setting precious stones as it holds its shape well.
PGMs such as palladium and platinum make a great jewelry choice for those who have sensitive skin as it does not contain any allergens, unlike nickel (known to cause adverse reactions) that is found in 14-karat gold jewelry pieces. Palladium is more durable than white gold jewelry as well.
White gold jewelry will discolor over time as its rhodium coating (helps prolong white finish in the jewelry) wears off. Palladium jewelry, on the other hand, does not need any coating as it is naturally white like platinum.
The term bracelet comes from the Greek word “brachille” (from Old French “bracel”) which means “of the arm.” Bracelets worn by early humans were made from various materials available at that time, such as wood, bone, cloth, metal, shells, and grasses, while modern ones may be made out of cloth, leather, or plastic. Oftentimes, they can have embellishments like pebbles, feathers, gemstones, and more.
Bracelets, like other types of jewelry, also carry significant symbolism and meaning in different cultures. They were used to represent status symbols, tribal membership, rites of passage, and more. In ancient Egypt, where scarabs represent rebirth and renewal, scarab bracelets were worn on dead bodies.
Bracelets also come in different styles and designs. Below are some of the common bracelets we see today:
These are continuous metal bands with no clasps or lock; they are usually a slip-on, slip-off kind of jewelry. In parts of India, the make and amount of bangles worn by a woman represent her marital status.
One of the most common types of bracelets is usually made out of tiny oval or circular shaped metals linked together. Different types of chain bracelets include but are not limited to box, cable, curb, figaro, and snake chains.
They became popular in the early 20th century when soldiers who participated in the second world war brought home knick-knacks made by locals where they were deployed. They are usually attached to a chain and make excellent keepsakes. Today, charm bracelets are an accessory that carries small trinkets that are meaningful to the wearer.
These are multi-purpose bracelets that were most notably present in ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Mayan societies. Cuffs are also worn as a part of a warrior’s armor in ancient Greece and Rome because it protects the wearer’s wrist in battle due to its wideness. Meanwhile, in Mayan culture, they are a prominent part of the king’s clothing as it is worn as a status symbol. It is similar to the bangle in rigidity, but cuffs have clasps that are used to put on and off the wearer.
This type of bracelet can be adjusted to fit the wearer because of its adjustable closure.
The tennis bracelet is a simple bracelet that is made out of a straight-chain that commonly has gemstones individually set in each link. And the most common ones are diamonds. However, other gemstones can be used as well.
Overall, bracelets can complete an entire look and are perfect for everyday use. Palladium bracelets are beautiful and due to their luster. And it goes well with an outfit of any color.
We BUY Palladium Bracelets
Do you have pre-loved palladium bracelets you want out of your hands? We’ll be happy to take them from you and even pay you for it! Here at Nevada Coin Mart, we are the #1 buyer of palladium bracelets, in Las Vegas and Henderson, even in the entire Nevada state!
We offer free in-store evaluation for your piece using a state-of-the-art Thermo Scientific Niton X-Ray Spectrometer in order to accurately analyze and measure precious metal contents in your piece. This will ensure that you get top-dollar for your items.
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