Help please! Mixing metals??

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wouldn’t mix them, especially a softer metal like palladium which is easily scratched.  different metals can “eat” away at each other, and while two palladium rings will wear at each other, the process will happen much faster with rings of different hardnesses.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@abirdword:  

I don’t disagree with most of what you stated, but I’m pretty sure palladium is a lot harder than sterling silver.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

i didn’t say it wasn’t, only that I personally wouldn’t mix metals for the difference in wear reason.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@abirdword:  

Ok.  Palladium is just one of the hardest metals commonly used in jewelry making( I believe only tungsten and titanium are harder), so I think the silver is more at risk of damage than the palladium e-ring.  I think that is important for the OP to understand.

And to the OP.  I’m in a similar boat.  With the research I’ve done, yes mixing metals will cause wear on one of your rings.  In your case, the wedding band is more at risk, b/c it is made of a softer metal.  Another bad thing about mixing metals is that you can’t solder you different metals together, so they will be constantly rubbing against each other.  The constant rubbing would be bad even if the rings were made of the same metal, but its even worse with the two different metals.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s better if they’re the same metal so they won’t wear down as much. That said, I do wear a mixed set of gold and platinum, and don’t worry about it much. Prongs, engraving, and pave are the big things that could get messed up eventually. So depending on the style of the rings it may be risky, or it may be no big deal. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Someday_Mrs_Maguire:  I agree that matching (or more similar) metals are the best way to go. I haven’t had any silver rings that I’ve worn daily, but I’ve heard that silver is more prone to warping/aging problems… It depends how sentimental you are I think. If you don’t mind replacing it in a few years, then silver is ok. If you want a forever band and you never want to upgrade, then a sturdier metal may be preferable.

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