Janet, Pave' setting into palladium/ruthenium is super easy...like
platinum. Engraving is also easy. Think of this alloy as being just
like 950 platinum, but slightly grayer. I spoke to Linus, at AU
Enterprises (800 637-2278), about casting this alloy, and he has done
it in the past. The cost was similar to 14k white gold.
I have been purchasing my solders from Hoover and Strong, and the
1300 solder for platinum is basically palladium. I'm sure that other
suppliers can provide solders for palladium, as well as mill
I like working with the alloy, but I occasionally had an issue with
oxidation that caused a problem. Platinum, of course, does not
oxidize (unless you're using platinum/cobalt), and the oxide on 18k
yellow will easily pickle off and leave a nice rich surface. White
gold has always had oxide problems, and the palladium alloy is no
different. If you treat it like white gold, you will be able to avoid
most problems. The real difference is that palladium solders at a
much higher temperature than the gold alloys, and it is not difficult
to have your flux break down before your solder flows, particularly
on a heavier piece. Maybe the black flux will work better? I'll let
I'm planning to introduce a line of palladium jewelry this fall.
Since it is not as expensive as platinum, I can design larger,
heavier pieces and still keep the prices attractive. Looks great with
high karat gold. I will still continue to design platinum jewelry,
and I'm also doing a line of 20k yellow gold jewelry. I LOVE the
color, and it is easy to work with. The color of 22k, with the
hardness of 18k. Sweet....
Your new work sounds a little different that the work I'm familiar
with. I'd love to see it sometime. I understand that you've also
entered The Realm of Retail, with a gallery in Mill Valley?
Call /email me any time, Doug
33 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701