Does Palladium Scratch? How Hard is Palladium?

Palladium showing with and without scratches

Photograph showing Palladium wedding ring as new (left) and after many years of natural wear (right) easily refurbished by a professional re-finish. 

Will Palladium Jewellery Scratch?

The popularity of Palladium as a jewellery metal has soared in recent years. Most jewellery ranges include at least a few designs created in the standard 950 Palladium.

Naturally white, and around 50% less expensive than Platinum, for jewellery, Palladium makes a great deal of sense.

When buyers choose their precious metal, one of the considerations is always durability, and scratch resistance. Like most other precious metals Palladium does scratch. Despite being harder than Platinum, it will nevertheless pick up scratches. The following chart shows a comparison of hardness for various materials including Palladium.

Does palladium scratch? Chart showing the scratch resistance of Palladium compared to other materials on the Moh's Hardness Scale.

Brand New Palladium vs Worn / Scratched Palladium

In spite of wear and scratches, Palladium will retain its shine. Especially if cared for. In addition, Palladium does not tend to tarnish. Cleaning products such as the connoisseur wipes restore the gleam but do not remove deeper wear and scratches.

Our main photograph shows a 5mm lightweight slight court wedding ring before and after many years of wear. You can see small scratches and wear. These are typically removed during a professional re-finish.

How to clean Palladium jewellery at home

If you are looking for a simple and easy way to polish up your Palladium wedding ring without sending your jewellery away, we recommend the Connoisseur jewellery wipes which provide exceptional value. Re-use each wipe as many times as you like to restore the shine to any item of Palladium jewellery. Each wipe contains a micro-particle, never dries and helps remove tarnish and fill scratches. Try them and let us know what you think!

Jewellery wipes

Can scratches be removed from Palladium?

Scratches can be removed from Palladium. For complete refurbishment and removal of scratches, Palladium wedding rings and engagement rings should be polished professionally. This process will restore the mirror polish of the brand new ring.

Palladium is a metal that suits wedding bands very well. It is unsuitable for delicate engagement rings (small claws holding diamonds for example) but makes great sense for wedding rings.

Almost identical in appearance to Platinum, wedding rings are often half the price of the same Platinum band. However, the lightness of Palladium contrasts with the heavier weight and density of Platinum.

Can Palladium be set with diamonds?

Palladium is ideal for setting diamonds, and features as an option for our diamond engagement rings and diamond wedding rings.

Palladium vs Platinum for wedding rings

Palladium and Platinum wedding rings set with diamonds. Channel set (left) and scattered flush set diamond wedding ring (right)

Which is more scratch and wear resistant? Platinum or Palladium

Scientifically speaking, Platinum scratches more easily than Palladium. Our surface hardness diagram above shows this. But, the density and workability of Platinum mean that it is more easily crafted, refurbished and re-polished. Despite being less scratch resistant than Palladium it is a wiser choice for long-term jewellery and is undeniably a better quality precious metal.

Restoring a Palladium engagement ring with heavy wear and damage

We recommend re-making a badly worn or damaged Palladium engagement ring. As part of our service, we refurbish and remake ring designs in Palladium. If clients accidentally damage rings beyond repair, we provide this additional service. The following example shows a badly damaged, worn and scratched Palladium ring. A new ring created in the same design shows the original diamond re-set.

Remade ring example in Palladium

Palladium vs Titanium

If you are deliberating between Palladium and Titanium, there are 2 main differences. Titanium is not a precious metal and costs far less than Palladium. Furthermore, it is harder but will also scratch. Both Palladium and Titanium can be engraved. Buyers on a tight budget may favour Titanium due to the cost. Titanium has more of an earthy colour, whereas Titanium is whiter by comparison.

Palladium vs Titanium wedding rings

Two examples of wedding rings – Palladium set with diamonds featuring a fingerprint, and Rune engraved Titanium wedding rings

Further help?

Please contact us for further support and advice on any of our Palladium designs, if you are considering this metal choice.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.