Palladium is not a new metal, but until recently, it has not been widely used to make fine jewelry, since the 1930's and 40's when platinum was being reserved for use in World War II. It is pure, natural and rare with all of the properties of platinum except weight and price. Palladium costs less than platinum, it is also less dense than both platinum and 14 karat, therefore making it lighter in weight.
Palladium is also hard; 12.6% harder than platinum. It won't tarnish, fade or dull and unlike karat gold, it never needs rhodium plating. Palladium is hypo-allergenic and will not cause any skin irritation.
Many designers are introducing the use of palladium, including Scott Kay, one of the nation's leading bridal jewelry designers. Reis-Nichols carries the full collection of Scott Kay, including his latest palladium styles.