I’ve taken the feedback I’ve received about my previous post
([Orchid] Ring Re-Mount In Palladium?) and I’ve found a local
goldsmith that was willing to remake my 7 garnet ring in palladium.
Incidentally I’ve found it was originally made of 800 silver so that
could explain the allergic reactions.
Unfortunately for me, I never got to talk with the actual goldsmith
until yesterday. He got back to me saying that it’s just not
possible to work with palladium since it’s too soft and requires
temperatures even higher than platinum. He wants to substitute my
request for pure palladium for an alloy of 18k gold and palladium
(75% gold and 25%palladium).
This just doesn’t make sense to me. If it’s soft to make a durable
ring then why does it require high temperatures? I also have read
previous posts in Orchid speaking of pure palladium jewelry so I
assume it’s possible to work with it. They are charging me a pretty
penny to work with palladium since they said it was as difficult to
work with as platinum but now that are substituting such a high
percentage of gold, I’m feeling a bit ripped off.
Is my goldsmith just using his 20 years of experience to bully me
into something I really don’t want? I had a really hard time finding
someone who worked with palladium in the first place.