Watch and Jewelry Material of the 21st Century
This is explained by the rarity of the material. The fact that the metal does not require rhodium plating makes it really cost-saving, as rhodium is highly-priced. Palladium is malleable that means it can be worked to a high degree without getting brittle. Moreover, palladium is harder than platinum, so it is ideally suitable for gem-setting. The unique qualities mentioned above, and in particular its white color that does not tarnish as well as its high purity level make palladium one of the most valuable materials used by the modern watch and jewelry makers.It is also lighter than platinum. The beauty of palladium has long been discovered by watch makers. However, the alloy turned out to be too soft to correspond to the production standards of a watch case. The alloys used today provide the suppleness and the ductility necessary to withstand all sorts of mechanical treatments. Watches produced from palladium are often thicker and higher. They are distinguished by more rounded, sometimes even dome-like cases and bracelet links. This way watchmakers improve their creations' design without additional weight. The Swiss watch industry has recently given preference to palladium as an alternative to white gold. Cartier has developed a successful palladium model of its Pasha watch. There also appeared palladium collections of Ulysse Nardin and Parmigiani Fleurier. Palladium the same as red gold is likely to be mostly used in the production of limited and special editions.