Post # 1
I very quickly need to decide on the best type of silver-y/white color for the engagement ring I am trying to make (I need it by January 10th and I’m having it custom made), so I thought I’d write a post here to see if anyone can advise me in what direction to go for the white gold! Fair warning, I am a total noob when it comes to all of this stuff. The options are a bit overwhelming to look into thoroughly, but I understand there is a wide range of options here.
I know my girlfriend, and she will probably never want to do anything with our ring, or change it later on, etc., so I’m looking for something that still has a very brilliant(?) sort of white-silver color to it (the more white, the better), but will also certainly last for decades without any need for maintenance.
So I’m fairly sure Rhodium is out, and I am left with these 5 options:
14k White Gold
18k White Gold
19k White Gold
Platinum, Palladium, and 19k white gold are apparently going to be hard to come by for my maker, with 19k white gold being almost impossible to get, but I’m listing them here in case any of you think they are clearly better; she may still be able to find someone that can get her those materials. Also, she says platinum would cost me an extra $500 which very easily could put me past my budget unless I shrink the diamond to below a 0.5 ct., I think.
In any case, I’ve heard great things about Platinum and Palladium, as well as 19k white gold. Can any of you draw me up a list of pros and cons of these three and/or the 14k/18k white gold? I really need to decide on this by today, in fact, so any help you guys can offer me would be exceptional!
Thanks a million to anyone that can help – this is obviously super important to me! (And I assure you I have good reason as to why I have to rush this!)
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
@Netsurfer733: I would suggest 14k white gold. It scratches less than 18k (which I have) but still apparently keeps the stunning, silvery colour. Platinum is pretty much the same but much more expensive.
I can’t speak to palladium as I’ve never seen it in real life but I hear it’s quite scratch resistant 🙂
Post # 4
Palladium is probably the best option for your budget. Platinum is always my first choice, but it’s more expensive.
Pros – naturally white, no plating needed, hypoallergenic, stronger than gold
Cons – expensive, not everyone loves the patina it develops, expensive to resize
Pros – As Platinum, plus cheaper than platinum
Cons – Patina, some jewellers are reluctant to work with it.
Pros – Cheaper than platinum
Cons – Needs to be replated regularly if you want the white metal look (not naturally white), some alloys in the US contain nickel (illegal in Europe due to skin sensitivity), cannot be worn with platinum/palladium without causing the gold ring serious damage.
Post # 5
@Netsurfer733: I’d go with 14k white gold as you said platinum will put you overbudget. while white gold becomes less bright shiny over time as the rhodium plating wears off, it develops a buttery tone that is very attractive.
Palladium has pluses, but is over priced for what it is. It is only worth 40% of gold per ounce but many company’s seeing it’s past popularity as a budget metal are now pricing it like gold or even more than gold. It is difficult to work with and many jewelers won’t work with it, Which could limit where it could be resized/repaired etc.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I hae platinum and I love it, but we got my ring when it was cheaper than gold per ounce. My setting would be over 1000 more if we bought it today. I love the weight :).
Post # 7
@Netsurfer733: Most rings require maintenance, unfortunately. Platinum gets a patina over time (I don’t like it) and you have to take it to a jeweler to get it buffed out. I prefer white gold, but it has to get rhodium dipped over time to keep it bright white, but the process takes 2 mins and at our jeweler is free for life. Does your jeweler offer anything similar? I personally would rather going for white gold rather than decrease the diamond- that’s just not worth it.
Post # 8
Make sure you get a white gold alloy that has not been dipped. A lot of rings sold as white gold are lighting gold that has been rhodium plated, and will need replating as it wears (or some folks like the partially worn look.)
A full rhodium ring can go hang out on your list, it’s a great, sturdy metal (which is one of the reasons that it is used to plate other metals) but it’s hard to track down full rhodium jewelry, and it’s pretty pricey, though with the auto industry tanking, it’s become more affordable (Rhodium is found in platinum veins. One of the biggest applications of platinum is the production of catalytic converters, so these metal’s demand and values are tied into auto industry health.)
From your descriptive of your lady, I would not vote 19k gold. The more gold in the alloy, the softer it will be, and the more damage will show if she’s just looking for a low maintainance ring to be rough on.
Post # 9
I would do palladium! Similar to platinum but the colour will never change! It will always stay whiteish!
Post # 10
I vote platinum. It’s more durable and requires less maintenance over time compared to white gold. A couple hundred up front is definitely something to consider, but if you can afford it it will save your SO time, effort, and cost from not having to get white gold re-dipped. Check out pricescope for more details: white gold vs platinum
Post # 11
I have 19k white gold and platinum and love them both. Both are solid, heavy metals. Paltinum is my fav though, for 2 reasons. 19k is very HARD and harder to work with, so the refinement of the ring is never as good. If you want something with pave or “perfect” claw prongs, platinum is much easier to work with and get a clean look with. And 2, platunum can always be buffed back to perfect. Gold will wear down over time. With my 19k setting, that is rather moot, as the setting is so substantial, it will last anyway. but if you want something thinnish, like 2mm, I would get the plat so that it is always 2mm.
Post # 12
I’d go 19k or palladium. I have palladium (and I had no set butget on metal) and I LOVEE it!! (It’s also the metal in the ARC reactor in the Iron Man movies….). I wanted it because it is so white, scratch resistant, hypo-allergenic, and is not plated, so I won’t need to get it re-dipped or anything like most white golds.
ETA: The only downside is that many jewlers do not work with this metal commonly, so finzing someone to resize it is much harder than if you went with platinum, or 14k/18k white
Post # 13
I’ve heard that 18 and 19k golds can scratch and warp more easily than other metals. I personally have palladium and I like that there’s no maitenance needed on it. Palladium is in the same category as platinum (but less expensive), and often gold jewelry will have platinum prongs because the platinum is stronger and you have less of a chance of the platinum warping and causing you to lose your diamond (or other stone).
Also, palladium and platinum are hypoallergenic. I know people who have developed nickel allergies from constantly wearing gold that contains nickel.
I think all of the metals have benefits and drawbacks and I’m sure whatever you decide will be just fine 🙂
Post # 14
Platinum, because while it will patina you can always get it buffed out and it will look perfect again, and it doesn’t “lose” metal when it gets scratched like gold does. You will also need to get it buffed out MUCH less often than you would need to re-dip white gold. My first e-ring was palladium and it hardly held up for 6 months, but that probably has a lot to do with the craftmanship of the ring itself because there are many bees with palladium who love it. Platinum is also heavier, which I like, so if you want to “feel” your rings on platinum is the way to go.