The goldsmiths who constantly endeavour to be in advance over their
time with regard to the luxury articles, discovered a new metal,
an interesting alternative to the White gold: Palladium.
Platinum was reserved for exclusive creations. Consequently the
marks of watches during a long time were actually frustrated, because
compromises had to be accepted: the request of the consumers for
white metal was traditionally to be satisfied by the White gold.
An alloy which must be used with Rhodium to obtain an acceptable
nuance is, for a concept of mark of luxury, completely absurd.
This is why the goldsmiths sought another alternative: palladium
950. In its refined state, Palladium would become too tender for
the machining of the jewels, but the addition of 5% of other elements
makes this metal resistant. An alloy with 95% is consequently ideal
for the clothes industry of the jewels.
This process does not deteriorate in any manner the white color
of metal. Without counting that Palladium, when it is polished,
holds a natural brightness and does not require a Rhodium coating.
Then as this material remains relatively light, the tendency becomes
to create designs of big size.
All these characteristics make that Palladium becomes very gravitational
for the creators of jewels. Thus the consequence is although Palladium
is a noble metal and autonomous - and in Switzerland supplied with
a punch, PD 950.
Only in the last years, of the marks like Cartier, Parmigiani,
Ulysses Nardin and Chopard used Palladiun. Other marks will certainly