Palladium vs White Gold

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@Pang27:  I just went through the same decision process.  Slight nickel allergy made up my mind for me!  Plus palladium always keeps its color.  Who has the time and money to replate WG all the time?  (Not me!).  I just got mine, but as far as I’ve read, you can either keep the patina or buff it out.  I’m so happy I got palladium!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

^^

Very pretty!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

So, I have an interesting view on this.

I ended up having the metal custom alloyed, it’s white gold with palladium, so that I wouldn’t have to continually have it plated. For reference, this is my ring, I’ve had it for 19 months, never plated, last cleaned about a week ago.

The bottom is a little beat up, but it’s still a beautiful white gold color! Good luck with the decision, I can say I’m thrilled that the jeweler suggested the alloy.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would absolutely choose palladium!!!! It’s white without replating!! I’m also allergic to nickel, very much, and white gold does not bother me (10k, 14k are fine for me). I have read that other bees have allergic reactions to white gold though, so it depends.

I went with platinum myself, not knowing of the existence of palladium, and I love love love it. It just keeps its gorgeous white colour. Palladium is not too dense, so the ring will be light, similar to white gold. Platinum is heavier. I’ve seen how a platinum band ages on a man’s hands, and I love it. It looks satiny. For my wedding rings though, the top part is still very shiny after many months. The bottom is getting that patina, which I like a lot 🙂

I think you would not regret palladium, you’ll be so glad you chose it!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I took some pictures of my 2 year old engagement ring with my never-been-used wedding bands to compare. I hope the pictures capture them accurately. The bottom of my engagement ring is visibly less lustrous than the new bands, which I guess is the patina. The top actually seems just as reflective as my bands, which surprised me, but there are some tiny signs of wear if you look closely. I had the ring polished around a year and a half ago and I remember it did come back shinier.

I also chose palladium due to nickel allergies and the natural white color. I’ve never had a reaction to 14k white gold, but I didn’t want to risk it. I’m very happy with my choice!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a white gold set that is alloyed with palladium rather than nickle! Interesting tid bit to  know there are white gold rings free of nickle. 

Edit: I’m adding this link because I think it’s interesting http://www.foxfirejewelers.com/White-Gold.html

#nerdybee

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My engagement ring is palladium. I’ve had it for 7 months and it’s still super shiny!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I choose palladium over white gold and platinum. I do not have allergy, but found that palladuim has the best both worlds when it comes to white gold and platinum. It does not turn yellow, it is cost effective, not a heavy metal and easy to shine up, just to name a few positives. I had my ring custom made. They only draw back of palladium is it is difficult for jewelers to work with and most dont like to work with it. Good Luck!!

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@lizzieb:  Your metal looks like the color of YG.  Is it just the white balance in your photo?  Or does your WG need replating?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

@ceebree:  Just the photo, I guess, although it doesn’t look that way to me…

The lighting isn’t the best. It doesn’t need plating, that’s the whole point.

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sometimes people with pre-existing nickel sensitivities can have their allergies get worse with age.  It sounds like your allergies are bad enough that it’s not worth the risk to get white gold.

 

Palladium’s nice because you won’t need to plate it.  The only downside I’ve heard about Palladium is that many jewelers don’t know how to work with it, and that like platinum it can scratch easily.  To me those downsides are worth it for a ring that won’t give you an allegic reaction and won’t need expensive replating every few years.

 

As for patina, my platinum rings have developed it.  It’s basically small scratches that give your ring more of a brushed instead of shiny look.  You’ll se it more on the bottom of your rings.  I don’t think it’s a big deal, but that’s a matter of taste.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

palladium! no replating and it is a gorgeous colour

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m allergic to nickel too. And all gold has some concentration of nickel in it. I can’t tolerate any nickel so I ended up going with platinum because our jewelry store did not do palladium yet. I have had no issues with the platinum and have been wearing it for just about 1 year.

People would have thought that my ring would be heavy because of the platinum but it’s not. It weighs the same to me as the gold ring.

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