How to Care for Palladium Jewelry

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Palladium jewelry is the perfect choice for those who want the look of platinum at a lower, more affordable price. Palladium is also excellent for people who are allergic to white gold, as it has the same look but is hypoallergenic. It is half the weight of platinum and stronger than white gold, making it a popular choice for wedding bands. Also, unlike white gold, palladium will not tarnish over time. While this type of jewelry is durable and lustrous, it's important to give it proper care to keep it looking beautiful.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial jewelry cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Warm water
  • Paper towels
  • Fabric-lined jewelry box
  • Plastic storage bag
  • Lint-free fabric pouch
  • Tissue paper
  • Soak your palladium jewelry in a commercial jewelry cleaner to remove dirt and restore luster. Leave the jewelry in the solution for approximately 5 minutes before gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush, which is usually included with most commercial jewelry cleaners. Rinse your jewelry with warm water, then dry it with a paper towel.

  • Take your palladium pieces to a jeweler once every six months for a professional cleaning. The jeweler will deep clean your jewelry and will also check for any potential problems, such as loose stones.

  • Store your palladium jewelry in a soft, fabric-lined jewelry box when not in use. Make sure that the jewelry is stored in individual compartments and that the pieces aren't resting against each other. If you don't have a jewelry box, plastic storage bags and lint-free fabric pouches are also good for storing palladium jewelry. Simply wrap the pieces individually in tissue paper and store them flat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your jewelry off when applying makeup or lotions, as they tend to create a film over the jewelry. Wash your hands thoroughly before putting your palladium rings back on.
  • Clean your jewelry at least once a week. Dust and dirt buildup can scratch your jewelry if not removed on a regular basis.
  • Avoid wearing your palladium jewelry to bed, as comforters and sheets can scratch the surface.
  • Remove your palladium rings while performing manual labor or any other activities that may scratch your jewelry.

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