Post # 1
Do any of you brides out there have a palladium wedding ring (engagement or wedding band)???? If so, what do you think about it? I’ve heard both pros and cons of palladium…..I hear it’s a create subsitute for platinum, but does it compare?
Posted pictures would be great!
Post # 3
I have one! and I love it!. I am allergic to white gold and we just coulnd’t afford platinum. So my Fiance picked this out. It needs to be cleaned and that is a moissanite stone.
Post # 4
My ring was originally white gold and we had it remade in platinum BUT we did look into palladium a lot during the process, so I can tell you what we discovered.
You are right that palladium is a great (and less expensive!) substitute for platinum. In fact, it is better than platinum in some ways. It does not scratch as easily and is more durable. Palladium is lighter in weight than platinum, but that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Some people like feeling the weight of their ring, others don’t.
The deal breaker for us was that palladium can be more difficult to work with, simply because it is less common and some jewelers are not familiar with it. There are easy ways around that but we decided it was not for us.
Post # 5
FH and I have talked to several different jewelers about the pros and cons of platinum, white gold, and palladium for his wedding band. They have ALL really recommended palladium for men’s bands… lighter weight and cheaper than platinum, doesn’t wear like white gold, and it is starting to be a lot more readily available.
The only caution we heard was that some jewelers are hesitant to set large stones in palladium because they don’t yet have a lot of experience working with it and have fear that there could be problems down the line (a reputable jeweler isn’t going to work in a metal they aren’t 100% familiar with). HOWEVER, tons of vintage jewelry is palladium (during WWII, both platinum and gold were restricted to weaponry use), so it is not like using palladium is a new or unfamiliar thing.
My FH loved palladium for his band solely because it was so much lighter (I liked the cost…). He has never worn a ring before, so was a little scared of how heavy the platinum rings were.
Post # 6
I have a palladium engagement ring and love it. All the points that runskiclimb made is why we went with palladium. And yes, our jeweler was hesitant to work with it. Because of the point septcabride made about being hesitant putting stones in it, the jeweler made the prongs out of platinum.
I highly recommend going with it. It is harder but lighter than platinum, suposedly doesn’t get the antiquing sheen platinum gets over time, and is cheaper than platinum. But just like platinum it is almost 100% pure, compared to white gold which is mixed with other metals and could require replating. It is about the same price as white gold, maybe more expensive due to the jeweler charging more for the extra effort involved.
Post # 7
Palladium e-ring here! I love the look and practicality of it. I’d never heard of palladium until we were engaged and Fiance explained the differences. He knew I preferred the look of platinum but didn’t want to pay platinum prices, so it worked out perfectly.
We will get the wedding band in palladium and I wonder if it will be limiting factor…
Post # 8
I have 2 palladium rings, and I’m totally satisfied with them. For my purposes, it’s really got all the positive points of platinum and then some. It’s harder than gold, it’s naturally white, it’s even lighter than platinum, it’s just as durable as platinum and it’s much cheaper. It doesn’t have the price tag of platinum because it’s less popular and therefore hasn’t gotten the insane mark-up yet.
Post # 9
When my Fiance and I went out looking at E rings we found out about palladium from a local jeweler. I had never heard of it before than but he mentioned the same points as everyone else on here including that it doesn’t have the yellow tinge that the white gold actually has. I never noticed it before with my white gold rings, but next to my palladium e ring I can see it. Though I love platinum, cost is a factor so we will continue with the palladium for my wedding band.
Post # 10
My e-ring is platinum, but I’ve been looking at maybe getting a palladium band. Does anyone know if I will be able to wear them together with no problems? I heard that I can’t wear the platinum with any gold because the platinum will rub the gold away.
Post # 11
My e-ring and wedding band are palladium and I really love them. From an economic standpoint, it made total sense for us. I am really hard on my jewelry, so I didn’t want to do gold and I couldn’t begin to justify platinum prices with our budget. I just had my rings cleaned at the jewelers today and they look more beautiful than ever!
Post # 12
FH is getting a palladium band and honestly, we could not tell the difference between his and the platinum except for the $1000!
Post # 13
@MsTerrapin: Do your rings ever scratch? Did “cleaning” them get rid of any nicks or scratches? I have a Verragio engagement ring made in Palladium and I have a few nicks in it. I haven’t taken it to the jeweler my fiance purchased it from, but I have a feeling they will want to sent it to Verragio to have them buff out the nicks…from what I hear, jewelers are apprehensive about working with Palladium. What experience have you had with your jeweler in working with your Palladium rings?
Post # 14
My fiance considered palladium but went for platinum because he was told the diamond would be more secure. He found out that many jewelers aren’t as well versed in working with palladium so that could make the settings less reliable. I don’t think palladium as an option has been around very long so that’s why people/jewelers don’t have much experience with how it wears over the long haul.
Personally, I also like the heaviness of platinum – some people like that palladium is light, but I like the fact that my engagement ring has some heft and feels substantial. That’s just my opinion though.
Post # 15
I have a palladium engagement ring, and I love it. I was the one who suggested it to my fiance, for all the reasons listed above. The jeweler we went with did the CADs and then sent it off to a place in Chicago to do the actual manufacturing, whereas had it been gold or platinum it would have been done on site. But they do the cleaning and maintenance here, locally.
We’re looking for a wedding band now, and I’d like it to be palladium too. I’m either going to do a matching wedding band (beadset diamonds) or an engraved metal band. Some of the places that carry engraved bands don’t carry palladium. And some places, you specifically have to ask them if they will make it in palladium for you. But those difficulties will not keep us from getting my palladium wedding band.
P.S. The ring is just dirty, does not have random staining on it. Though I will also add that when I was at the jeweler today the salesman said that my ring was doing remarkably well, in terms of its condition. (I’ve had it 5 months.)
Post # 16
I love my ring here is a pic:
I love the weight of the rings and love that I don’t have to get it flashed everyo so often. The maintenance on palladium is great, I’m really happy we went with that metal:)