Palladium is a metal in the platinum family, and shares almost all of the characteristics that make platinum a wonderful choice for jewelry. It is naturally white, hypoallergenic, and provides strength and durability for gem setting. The metal was discovered in 1803, and is named after the Greek goddess Pallas. An unexpected difference is that palladium is generally less expensive than either platinum or gold! It is also lighter in weight than platinum, similar to 18K or 14K gold. Read more about all types of jewelry metals on our Wedding Planning Tips page, under "Wedding Metals Defined".