More Precious Than Gold And Stronger Than Steel!
Posted on 16 April 2012
Back in 1803 a new and very exciting metal was discovered by the British chemist William Hyde Wollaston. It was named “Palladium” from the Greek name ‘Pallas’, Goddess of Wisdom.
Palladium, which gets its whiteness and lustre from nature, has unique features that are destined to make it the most sought-after precious metal of the century. It is rare. It is light. It is incredibly strong. It is hypoallergenic and it will not tarnish. A rare platinum group metal, Palladium is the most recent precious metal to be hallmarked in 2009 and its special properties allow designers to create intricate jewellery capable of holding even larger stones.
The International Palladium Board, set up to market this very special metal, is dedicated to establishing Palladium as the contemporary precious metal of the future. and bringing its luxurious properties and unrivalled potential to the attention of a discerning target audience., Wth this in mind, they have set up Palladium Visions, a pioneering and innovative series of partnerships with some of the world’s most inspirational and visionary artists who have been tasked with creating jewellery that will highlight the ‘lightness and strength’ of this exceptional precious metal.
The first Palladium Visions projects were launched during London Fashion Week in February 2012 via The Palladium Jewellery Design Competition, a unique collaboration between the International Palladium Board and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Students from the MA Design and Jewellery course were briefed to design jewellery that would demonstrate Palladium’s unique properties of lightness and strength. Five exceptional finalists’ pieces were on display at the BFC Rock Vault during London Fashion Week and more exciting partneships are in the pipeline for 2012 and beyond.