How to Care for Palladium Jewelry

Written by misty rodriguez
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Palladium jewellery 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 jewellery is durable and lustrous, it's important to give it proper care to keep it looking beautiful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Commercial jewellery cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Warm water
  • Paper towels
  • Fabric-lined jewellery box
  • Plastic storage bag
  • Lint-free fabric pouch
  • Tissue paper

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    Soak your palladium jewellery in a commercial jewellery cleaner to remove dirt and restore lustre. Leave the jewellery in the solution for approximately 5 minutes before gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush, which is usually included with most commercial jewellery cleaners. Rinse your jewellery with warm water, then dry it with a paper towel.

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

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

Tips and warnings

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

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