Speaking Out

Manos Phoundoulakis, CEO of Select Source in Santa Monica, Calif., speaks about palladium and platinum. “So there is a new cockamamy alloy—palladium—out to make jewelry with. It is value-driven and is almost something it is not (but for less money). It looks like platinum, works like platinum, smells and tastes like platinum, but is way cheaper than platinum. It is all the rage with jewelry store owners, who ask us manufacturers' reps: 'So, are all your designs available in palladium?' The first few times I heard this question I responded with interest and concern, saying we didn't work with it but that I'd see what I could do for them. But now that question is starting to feel like a way to separate those who use it and those who don't. The manufacturers who use it seem to be like the teenage 'in' crew; they are doing it because it's 'in,' not because it is better in any

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