Rising in popularity with jewelers, palladium is a naturally white metal that belongs to the platinum group of metals. Palladium is whiter, 40% lighter and 12% harder than platinum. It is also much lighter, making it perfect for larger pieces and capable of supporting large gemstones.
When platinum was declared a strategic government resource during World War II palladium became widely used as a substitute. Palladium is also commonly used at make white gold alloys. Like platinum, palladium is hypoallergenic making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.