Palladium in body jewellery ??
Making jewellery from palladium has become main stream. On the 1st Jan 2010 it became UK law that all palladium items over 1 gram in weight sold in the UK must be hallmarked by one of the four independent assay offices.
Palladium is white, does not tarnish, does not need plating so in theory it should be a good metal for body jewellery. However metals and skin reactions need to be considered here. Has any studies been done – I found this article claiming a 10-year retrospective review (1997–2006) was performed on patients sensitive to palladium at the Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
I am unsure if the results reflect mainstream as this appears to be a review of patients already sensitive to palladium or perhaps metals in general.
Palladium is a platinum family metal that is very white and lighter than platinum. It is generally used in 950 purity being 95% pure but beware as some companies are now using 500 purity being 50% palladium.
Palladium is always naturally white and does not require plating for colour.
In the event of porosity, palladium responds very well to soldering or laser welding. It will size easily, more easily than many kinds of gold.
Body Matters Gold or BMG jewellery are making body jewellery using palladium. They have been making palladium nose studs for 4 years and selling these all over the world. So far Richard Soper CEO of BMG jewellery and writer of this article, has had no reported reactions whatsoever.
Palladium Nose Stud
Recently BMG launched a new palladium belly bar which is proving a very popular high end product. Again no reactions have been reported.
In reality Palladium should be and probably is far purer than most metals including gold. Gold is only pure at 24 carat which is too soft and too expensive to be used in commercial jewellery. Metal allergies are common with nickel and silver being the most reported, with body jewellery many people jump to the wrong conclusions when a piercing gets inflamed or infected. As a body piercer with 20 years’ experience I would estimate approx. 90% of all reactions that are blamed on the metal to be caused by something else. Common bacteria’s from household pets, sea water, clothing, hair are mistaken as metal reactions also ill-fitting jewellery , over cleaning and touching.
I am sure that palladium will prove itself as a good metal for body jewellery and we continue experiment with its uses and report our findings to the general public. It is in everybody’s interest to discover what works and what does not. So far palladium is proving to be successful.
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Author Richard Soper