Post # 1
I wrote a post recently asking what metal other bees preferred. Platinum was the winner by a landslide but I’d rather spend the money on the diamond than the metal so I’m looking at palladium. Everyone had good things to say about it so…
Anyone dislike their palladium ring/s? I’m sorting waiting for the other shoe to drop and find out something horrible about the metal because its look pretty good right now.
Also if you know what percentage of your ring’s alloy is pure palladium I’d be interested in knowing that.
Post # 3
@NoOneYouExpect: My E-ring is palladium. I got it because I knew it would stay white and I thought it was more sturdy than white gold. As it turns out my palladium ring is already much more scratched than the white gold ring I have been wearing every day for 8 years. The white gold ring is definitely more yellow than the palladium, but I have found that I like the warmth and that my skin doesn’t turn the white gold yellow too quickly, so it wouldn’t bother me. I don’t hate palladium, but if I could do it all over again I would get white gold.
Post # 4
Not a bad experience, necessarily, but I don’t like the color of my palladium band. It’s so gray next to my platinum ring! I know there are different alloy mixes, so I may have just gotten a really gray one. It’s stamped 950.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin
I have a palladium 950 and also a platinum ring. They match. They will both patina, platinum much faster though. Palladium can be buffed and polished to a shine easily again though. Only concern I ever have is finding someone to size the palladium. I haven’t needed that yet.
Btw: 950 is 95% palladium 🙂
Post # 6
My first ring is palladium and I loved it. Sure, it scratched, but I wore it all the time, hardly ever took it off and I’m hard on my rings. It was also really easy to have buffed out. My current ring is platinum, and I do like the weight of it better, but I still like palladium and would buy it again.
Post # 7
My engagement ring from my ex husband was palladium and my wedding band was platinum (I no longer have either). I liked the palladium a lot. It had the look of platinum, but lighter and cheaper. My old engagement ring was thicker than my current one. I feel like after a few years, it didn’t look quite as shiny. Since my wedding band was rather thin, it was difficult to tell any difference – but I could see a difference. The nice thing is that if I had a platinum band and white gold other band, I’ve heard that rubbing against each other can cause white gold to need to be redipped sooner.
Post # 8
@NoOneYouExpect: I love my palladium engagement ring. When the jeweller showed us platinum and palladium side by side, I literally had no idea which was which. So I certainly wasn’t going to ask FI to spend an extra £300 or however much it was to have my ring made in platinum!
Most of its properties are the same – strong, naturally white, hypoallergenic. Palladium is lighter, which some people dislike because they want to feel the ring’s weight on their finger, but personally that suited me better. My ring has a few scratches after a few months wear, but from what I have read platinum also scratches easily so I don’t think there’s a difference there.
The only negative aspect I have found so far is that it is a bit harder to find wedding rings in palladium whereas platinum and white gold are stocked everywhere. However, I have been scouring the internet and nice palladium rings are definitely out there! These also tend to be significantly cheaper than the platinum versions. (One band I’m looking at costs £400 in palladium and £1070 in platinum!!) Certainly if you want a fairly standard design of band – plain, micropave, channel set etc. – you can find these no problem. It’s only if you want really fancy designs that your choices will be more limited. From what I’ve seen, antique bands are always made of platinum or white gold. I think palladium only became hallmarked in London in 2009 so it’s a fairly new metal.
For reference, my ring is made of 950 palladium. This is also what most wedding rings seem to be made of. You can see the metal fairly well in this picture. Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 9
@NoOneYouExpect: I have a 3mm palladium band to wear when I don’t want to wear my diamonds. I’ve been married just over a month and worn it only part time and it is VERY scratched. It makes me happy that I did not get my e-ring in palladium.
Post # 10
@BluePeaches: That doesn’t really surprise me with a plain band. I’m on my second placeholder band (the first one is somewhere in the dirt on the trial I hike home. I doubt I’ll ever see it again.) and both it and the my first one are silver. Since silver has about the same hardness as gold I found it to be interesting to see how fast I scratched the first ring up. I literally had it a week before I had furrows all the way around it. After I lost the first one I replaced it with an identical ring (I went down a size for a better fit) and I’ve had it for nearly 2 months now without a scratch. I think there is just a learning curve for wearing a plain band, especially because you don’t notice if they rotate and when you take them off chances are its oriented a different way the next time you put it on so it takes damage all the way around instead of just on the bottom.
Post # 11
Palladium is hard to work with so I just suggest that you purchase the ring from a jeweler that has much experience with it.
Post # 12
My wedding ring is Palladium, my e-ring is Platinum. I have worn my wedding ring for three and a half months now every day and night. I never take it off. I’ve worn it on sandy beaches, speedboating, building furniture, swimming, gardening etc. i clean it with fairy liquid! It has a few scuffs that are more noticable if it’s dirty. The colour is the same as my e-ring and. when clean it still has it’s mirror finish. I’ve bashed it a few times quite hard but am pleased it still looks nearly new.
Post # 13
Palladium really doesn’t hold its value as well as Platinum or Gold. When you try to sell a Palladium piece, the perception is there that’s it’s “fake platinum” or at least always with the connotation that’s it is the CHEAP version of platinum – same with paying extra for ARGENTIUM silver. When you try to sell an ARGENTIUM piece, you always get “well, that’s really high for silver”. Palladium pops out of the woodwork during recession times and other times gold and platinum prices are high, then it fades away again (leaving you with no one who will work on it). Other than that, I love the look and it wears just the same as my platinum jewelry.
Post # 14
@1inthechamber: This is true about the price. But if all goes well I’ll never have to sell it.