Palladium is a rare and lustrous, white, silvery metal that makes up a part of the group of elements known as the platinum group metals, which also includes rhodium and platinum. This rare and beautiful metal was discovered in 1803 and named after the asteroid Pallas. Palladium is tarnish resistant and has the lowest melting point of the precious metals included in the platinum group metals.
One of the newer trends in fine jewelry, palladium is hypo-allergenic, lightweight and durable, with a price tag similar to white gold. Palladium is stronger than white gold and resembles platinum in its sleek and shiny appearance.