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Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne wears Palladium at the 2011 Emmy’s

We spotted Palladium several times during the Emmy’s red carpet pre-show — Giuliana Rancic, Christina Hendricks, and Kelly Osbourne were all wearing the precious metal. Now the question is — is palladium, a metal in the platinum family, going to go mainstream? We think it might.

Pros of Palladium
Palladium is a very durable, white metal. It’s lighter than platinum, and stays very white. While it’s less expensive than gold, the manufacturing process tends to be more expensive, so it ends up costing about the same amount as gold.

Cons of Palladium
The jewelry industry tends to be motivated by tradition. Palladium is still considered trendy and has not established itself like platinum has. Plus, it has manufacturing challenges, which make it less accessible to jewelers. Palladium is worth considering if you’d like something platinum on a gold budget, such as a fashionable right hand ring or fun earrings. Stick to traditional metals for engagement rings or wedding bands.

We work with palladium quite frequently, and can upon request.