Palladium – The Other White Metal

Almost all of the gold used for jewelry is harvested in developing countries, and in the United States alone, gold mining is the single largest toxic polluter. Moreover, gold mining generates more waste than the mining of any other metal. Though socially and environmentally harvested gold is not readily available, more and more jewelry designers are considering palladium as an alternative for white gold.

Palladium, a member of the platinum family, is a durable, affordable and enviromentally friendly choice (especially when you use recycled palladium). Palladium is 12% harder than platinum and about a fifth of the cost per ounce. It is also less expensive than white gold, and has a natural "white" color making rhodium plating unnecessary. Rhodium is a highly toxic substance often used on white gold jewelry to give it a whiter brightness.

Here is how palladium compares to both white gold and platinum:

Palladium is an excellent alternative for financially conscious and socially conscious consumers alike.

Author: Meghan Connolly Haupt is the founder of Sulusso, an online marketplace dedicated to sustainable luxury and has her own sustainable jewelry brand, C5 company.

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