By Kerri Vargas. Ring. Published at Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 - 08:49:07 AM.
Men usually wear diamonds in wedding rings, anniversary bands or engagement rings. On top of that, men's rings can also be of a religious nature, with the crucifix symbol inlaid with diamonds engraved on them. Men's diamond rings often come studded in gold, titanium, platinum, stainless steel, and white gold, as gold and platinum tend to be more popular among men. Those diamond rings are usually much wider and with more embellishment than diamond rings designed for women.
Palladium not only feels and looks amazing, but its versatility makes it a jeweller's dream. Stephen Wilkinson, jewellery designer for The Wedding Ring Specialist believes that palladium is going to explode onto the fine jewellery market. \"With high gold and platinum prices, palladium is now being considered as a viable alternative for wedding rings. It doesn't require rhodium plating like white gold and weighs much less than platinum, making it a good alternative for mens wide heavy wedding rings.\"Palladium jewellery continues to gain in popularity, with it's brightness and lustre is transforming it into the metal of choice for both mens's and women's wedding rings.
Palladium was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803 and has been used as a precious metal in jewellery since 1939. As recently as 2001, palladium was more expensive than platinum and rarely used in jewellery due to the issue of casting - the technology to efficiently cast palladium as jewellery did not exist then. Palladium is extremely difficult to cast well because it is a veritable oxygen sponge when molten; it therefore requires a very controlled melting environment. However, the casting problem has been solved and its use in jewellery has increased because of a large increase in the price of platinum and a drop in the price of palladium.
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