Post # 1
I know they are many threads on ring metals and this topic specifically, but I honestly think it’s one of the hardest decisions to make when purchasing a ring. The ring metal contributes significatnly to it durability, cost, weight and even the design.
So what did you pick? Why did you pick that metal? How do you feel about the metal now that you have worn it a while? If you could go back, would you choose the same metal or differently?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
I chose 14K white gold because it’s cheaper than platinum, and I’m not super hard on my hands, so I’m not worried about anything happening to the metal. Also, the whole “I don’t want to have to redip it” thing is kind of stupid. It literally takes a few minutes for them to do it. At least, my jeweler it takes her about 20 minutes, not even, and she does it for free. You have to make sure you go to the right jeweler. You should never have to pay for cleanings or redippings. That’s just a sign that you’re getting ripped off.
Post # 4
Platinum. It doesn’t yellow like white gold. Doesn’t need to b redipped. I would only ever choose white gold if price was the main factor.
Post # 5
husband chose platinum I’m guessing because its less maintenance. I have worn my ering for a year now, just had it polished by our jeweler and it looks brand new still. After reading some of the white gold re-dip threads on this site I would still go with platinum.
Post # 6
I picked white gold because it’s the setting I fell in love with. In addition, I like the look of undipped white gold, so when the plating finally wears off (I’ve had my ring for 3 years now and haven’t had it dipped) I will not be redipping it. If you’re concerned about this, I’ve heard that 10k white gold doesn’t really need redipping, but I’m not sure if that’s true.
Post # 7
i wanted platinum and got platiunum.
take a platinum ring and white gold ring. weigh them today. 10 years from now weigh the rings again. platinum will weigh the same while the white gold ring will weigh less because it has been worn away. platinum is a stronger metal.
also, i don’t want the ring to yellow on my finger. i don’t want to take the time to go to the store and have it redipped, free or not.
i am very happy with platinum and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Post # 8
I didn’t really care, but my husband liked the heavier feel of platinum. I’m glad he did though cause I don’t have to deal with white gold having to be redipped.
Post # 9
My fiance picked platinum for my ering basically because I’m hard on my hands and I have annoying allergic reactions to metals, including gold. I love it and will be picking a platinum wedding band to go with it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
We went platinum at the time the company that made my ring did the wings only in platinum. I dont like having rings with two different metals since soldering of two different metals can be unstable in delicate situations like my ring. So we went platinum. They now do the wings in gold and palladium, but my wings are so much more delicate than the new ones and that wouldnt have been acheivable with gold, plus we had them ellongated as well again note acheivable with the gold. I also love the no redipping and the weight :).
Post # 11
I’m allergic to nickel so I have platinum and I’m very happy with it. The initial cost is a bit daunting compared to WG but I would do it again.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I have 18k white gold, I’m happy with it. It was cheaper than platinum and it seems to be holding up well. My setting is Tacori and their alloy for white gold includes palladium, not nickel, which makes the base metal whiter and they claim it doesn’t need to be redipped as often. I tried on platinum rings, but I actually like the lighter feel of gold better. It feels like part of my finger, instead of something heavy.
I’ve only had my ring for a few months, so I’m not sure exactly how it holds up. FI wanted platinum originally but we went with gold because of price. Maybe someday in the future we’ll switch to a platinum setting if this doesn’t hold up well. But for now I’m happy with 18k white gold!
Post # 13
Platinum is the new metal to get. It’s hypoallergenic and they don’t mix it with other metals as much, so people get less allergic reaction.
And although it’s softer, it’s more malleable. So like if a prong bends, it won’t snap off like gold will. It’ll just bend and you are less likely to lose your diamond.
Also, it’s heavier and feels more sturdy to me, but that’s just a personal preference.
Post # 14
@Arshim: I chose platinum bc my ering is platinum. I had no idea how much platinum cost and I was willing to go with white gold but FI wanted my w-band to match my e-ring and insisted we get platinum. So thats what I did. LoL
Post # 15
It’s really personal preference. DH and I preferred the color and shine of white gold, but we didn’t want to deal with the re-dipping so we went with 18kt palladium-white gold (which is also hypoallergenic). Seems to be wearing well, I have a friend who got engaged around the same time with a platinum ering and her ring has definitely developed a patina’ed look.
Post # 16
We’re looking into getting a palladium ring made for FI’s wedding band. It has the same properties of platinum, looks very similar and costs less and is lighter making it much more affordable. Plus FI didn’t like the weight of platinum. Most of the jewellers (chain and independent) here in UK seem to stock some rings in palladium.