Post # 1
Wedding band shopping is by far the most difficult part of the wedding process so far. And now that we’re in August we are down the to the wire and need to order them like yesterday. My FI pick his out easy peasy (he was the one was thought was going to be difficult because he wanted something different). But me? UGH! Part of the problem is my engagement ring is platinum and I don’t want to mix metals. I would go with palladium because it’s in the same family as platinum but it pretty much costs the same. All of the jewelers I have spoken to have said that it isn’t good to let two different metals constantly rub up against each other because it’s going to cause the white gold to yellow a lot fast and have to be plated more often. I’m not opposed to a platinum band – and would prefer it – but they are obviously way more expensive than other metals. Bah! I really have no point to this post expect to vent my frustration lol. Anyone else experience this? Mix metals? Have issues with them getting scratched/discolored/etc.?
Post # 3
When FI bought my engagement ring 2 years ago there wasn’t much of a price difference between platinum and which gold so he went with platinum. Now it is extreme. I paid around $1,500 more for my band in platinum than in white gold. I never want to change my setting so for use we just bit the bullet and paid the extra.
Post # 4
White gold is going to have to get replated no matter what – how often we will just depend on rubbing, how active you are, the amount of acid in your skin, etc. But WG doesn’t look the same as platinum anyway, so you are always going to be able to tell the difference, even right after replating. It just depends how much YOU care… most other people won’t even be able to tell.
In terms of palladium, where are you going that it is comparable in price to platinum? Everything I have seen online and every experience I have had in a jewelry store has been that palladium is WAY less expensive than platinum. (For example, my FH’s band was $1300 in platinum, $540 in white gold, and $400 in palladium!) I would check out some more options if you like the idea of palladium and don’t want to spend platinum money.
Post # 5
@septcabride: were you looking at specific Web site for palladium rings? If so, do you mind sharing? We’ll probably bite the bullet and pay for platinum because I don’t want the two to look different but we’ll see! I guess the problem is that there aren’t many palladium options so when I find one I like it’s expensive? I don’t really know honestly lol
Post # 6
@Shaydenise – I had good luck looking at prices on Blue Nile, which is where we ordered FH’s band. Unfortunately, it does not look like they make women’s bands in palladium. (Weird?) I also found that regualr jewelry stores are having more and more bands in palladium, and can often order bands in palladium.
For what it’s worth, FH and I also looking into having a band made in palladium because he was worried about not being able to find exactly what he wanted.