Platinum was recognised by the Egyptians as important, however due to the very complex process required in order to be used for fine jewellery, platinum was not the first choice for jewellery makers. It was only with new refining techniques in the early 20th century that demand for platinum rose.
Gold is the oldest and most sought after precious metal in the world. The oldest piece of gold jewellery was found in Bulgaria and is estimated to be 6,600 years old.
Older gold jewellery can contain nickel. Although an EU Directive now restricts the amount of nickel which can be used in precious jewellery.
White gold is gold combined with at least one white metal, such as palladium or nickel. Nickel was traditionally used as an alloy in white gold but its use is now restricted by the EU Directive.
Rhodium re-plating is required if you like the white gold to keep looking bright and crisp. Rhodium plating is not an expensive process and can be carried out in D&K The Jewellers. While some people opt for re-plating, others like the natural colour of white gold as it is a softer white without the plating.
Palladium is part of the platinum group of metals. However, palladium is less dense than platinum. Palladium is a new metal in the jewellery world; only making an entrance in 1939 .
Palladium is relatively new to the jewellery scene so there is less history associated with it. The industry therefore has less knowledge of how it will sustain the test of time.