950 Palladium: A Seamless Operation for Bridal Products

These wedding bands were created by Guertin Bros., a division of Nordt. They are seamless and made from 950 palladium extruded tubing that has been alloyed with ruthenium, another platinum group metal. The extrusion process forms pipes of metal with a fine-grain structure and increased Vickers hardness. For consumers this translates into longer wear over comparable palladium products that have been made using traditional lost wax casting methods. The pattern or design on each piece is deeply cut into the metal by computer-controlled lathes and cutting machines. Because of the varying factors of time, labor, and material for each of its designs, Guertin Bros. prices its product by the piece and not by weight. Melting the Metal and Pouring the Billet The process begins by melting small particles of 950 palladium at 3,000 F. The molten metal is th

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