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The Difference Between 14k White Gold and Palladium August 11 2015

So you know that you want a white metal band. But what metal alloy should you use? What is the difference between palladium and white gold, and which one is more durable? 

 
Men's Hammer Texture Wedding Band in 14k White Gold

14k white gold and 14k palladium white gold both contain 58.5% pure gold, but are alloyed with other metals to make them more white in color. 14k white gold contains gold, nickel, copper, and zinc. Whereas 14k palladium white gold contains gold, copper, silver, and palladium. 14k palladium white gold does not contain nickel, which is a metal allergen for a lot of people.


Men's Hammer Textured Band in 14k Palladium White Gold

950 palladium (also referred to just as palladium) is 95% pure palladium, and is a “white metal” that is slightly more gray than platinum or sterling silver. Palladium is in the platinum family, and shares many characteristics with platinum – durability, tarnish resistance, and is hypo-allergenic. It is about 1/3 the weight of platinum (it is comparable to the weight of 14k white gold), and about 1/3 the price of platinum. It is a precious metal, and in addition to being used in jewelry, has often been used in catalytic converters. Its use in jewelry is a newer application for this metal, so not all jewelers and jewelry repair shops feel confident working with it yet, but that is quickly changing. 

 
Men's Hammer Textured Band in 950 Palladium

14k white gold is a hard and rigid metal that is more resistant to scratching than palladium or platinum. Even though palladium and platinum may show scratches and dings earlier than in gold, with palladium no metal is removed when scratched, just displaced. Whereas a gold band will become thinner over time because the metal is slowly rubbed away over time. By comparison, we would say that in the first year, a palladium band will show more signs of wear, due to the evidence of scratches and dings. But, in 20-30 years, the 14k gold band will be thinner than it was originally, whereas a palladium or platinum band would retain its original weight.


Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Wedding or Party September 18 2014

Here at Aide-Mémoire Jewelry, we very much value practices and products that promote ecological consciousness and sustainability. It is what we are all about! So, we thought we'd put together a few eco-friendly tips for your upcoming wedding or party! See below for how you can make your event just a little more sustainable:

Invitations: This one is a given. Avoid deforestation for the sake of an invitation that may just be throw away! Recycled papers can be just as stunning, and come in all colors and textures. Recycled paper or recycled cotton stocks are best, plus for a bonus, find a printer that uses earth-friendly, soy-based inks. Also, consider placing a "please recycle me" notation on the back of your invitation.

Image courtesy Artcadia

 

Tableware: If you've got your heart set on disposable tableware, make sure to avoid plastic at all costs! All disposable plastic (that includes balloons and other favors!) is bad for the environment on many levels. Bamboo cutlery and paper straws are better options.

Another option is biodegradable, compostable plastic. However, make sure that the product packaging states that the plastic is approved by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) with a logo seal. All biodegradable waste should be disposed of at a commercial composting facility. 

Image courtesy Ali Express

Beverages: Did you know that according to Band the Bottle, "last year the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38"? All the more reason to ditch those plastic bottles for your event! Unneeded, disposable plastic water bottles are a reception no-no. Opt instead for decanted water, diffused with fruit and herbs! (Click the link below for a fabulous citrus and cucumber water recipe). For more facts about why we should "ditch the bottle," head over to Ban the Bottle.

Image courtesy No Gojis No Glory. Click for citrus & cucumber infused water recipe.

Decorations: There are so many lovely ways to decorate your event with eco-friendly options that are useable event after the event! Recycled paper materials are best for any necessary favor bags, and consider decor and gifts that keep on giving like succulents, baked goods or vintage accoutrement. Think minimal, and reduce decorations as much as possible. Waste not, want not!

Image courtesy One Fab Day.

We hope these tips help you create the most perfect, eco-friendly event that you possibly can, and don't forget the cake!