Anushka Banister. Ring. September 29th , 2017.
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.
Most of the brilliant and shiny white gold today is plated with rhodium, one of the worlds most expensive metals. It is scratch resistant, but it is not hard wearing and it will need to be recoated every 12-18 months. This is a consideration when thinking about buying white gold engagement rings because it is possible the gold underneath will be quite yellow. The disadvantage of a rhodium coating is that if the white gold underneath has a yellow colour, then the plating will need to be done straight away. But if the white gold is whiter in colour, then it will last a lot longer before needing to be recoated.
So there it is! An updated list of the latest engagement ring trends of 2017, we sure hope it helps you find the perfect ring for your special day!
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