Platinum or palladium help!

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

Yes, you can wear them together.  They should not damage each other.  Gold and platinum’s another story, but palladium and platinum should be fine together.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@charmxcl:  I think you can wear them together, however they will look just a bit different. Some jewelers may not work with palladium. Since the wedding ring is worn for the duration of your life and your ering is of the finest metal, I would not try to save costs on the wedding ring. I would go with a platinum wedding band to match the ering.  In the hierachy of precious metals in jewelry, silver is at the bottom, followed by pallidium (used for more budget friendly hs class rings for years), followed by gold, with platinum at the top.

 

My 2c, you may deserve change.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@gemgirl6:  I couldn’t disagree with this more.  My palladium jewelry is in MUCH better shape than my platinum jewelry as it is harder to scratch and doesn’t lose its shape over time like platinum (plus platium can patina, palladium doesn’t). 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@MrsMittansJohnson:  actually palladium gets a patina as well.  Yes it is a tad harder than platinum and has been used for budget friendly class rings for years for those who didn’t want to pay for gold. Glad you’ve had a good experience with your palladium. Lots of bees here have their diamond sims set in palladium and like the metal.

OP could wear her platinum ering with a palladium wedding band as I said. However, her ering is platinum, I wouldn’t want something less than as my wedding band since they’re a set. Palladium is worth less than platinum and gold. It just is.

She asked for opinions so I gave her mine.

Smile

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@charmxcl:  I would definitely get palladium!  Pic of your ring?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@charmxcl:  Yep, they should be fine.  Palladium is in the platinum metal group (along with rhodium), so they’re pretty similar.  And I can’t see any color difference between the two.  My only concern would be making sure you can find a jeweler that works with it.  Palladium is both rarer than platitum, and less in demand, so not as many people work with it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

Palladium melts more easily than platinum, an issue for sizing etc and many jewelers will not work with it. The upside of course is that palladium is much cheaper than either platinum or gold.  Palladium is becoming more popular due to it’s lower price and the fact that it doesn’t have to be rerhodiumed (replated) like white gold.Smile

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

It is fine to wear them together. However, they do have slightly different properties; for example, palladium is slightly harder than platinum and scratches less easily, it is less dense than platinum, and it is harder to work with than platinum. I would say that you should weigh up the pros and cons of each, and go with what suits you best. What I personally wouldn’t do however would be to let the cost affect my decision: although there is a difference, yes, IMO the wedding band is not a place to make savings as you will be wearing it for life, and so you need to be happy with it.

I have a platinum engagement ring, and have gone with platinum for my wedding band. My reasons for this were:

Although there would have been a saving, it wasn’t substantial enough to affect my choice, plus I wanted to take cost out of the equation as it’s something I’ll have for the next 40/50 years

I was concerned about the fact some jewellers don’t like working with palladium; I want to be able to get it re-sized if necessary (for eg) with minimal hassle

I personally prefer the density and ‘heft’ of platinum; I love how weighty my engagement ring feels. I wasn’t keen on the relative lightness of palladium

I actually like that platinum scratches more easily, as I like how it looks when the pristine high-polished sheen wears off a bit

 

I am actually also getting a plain 2mm band, and will probably go with palladium for that. I won’t be wearing it often, so in this instance, cost is more of a factor.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Why save costs on the wedding band? You’ll have that forever. Everything else is just one day. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I wear my palladium wedding ring next to my custom, hand forged heavy platinum e-ring (into which I had a moissanite set! Le gasp!)

The colour looks the same, I wanted a palladium wedding ring, it reminds me of Iron Man, it’s less expensive. We didn’t *need* to save money on my wedding ring but I wanted it to be less expensive. I wanted to wear it like I wear my marraige, through everything, and without the fear of ruining something so expensive that I got from my engagement ring (which was actually more expensive than the very good 1ct Oval diamond in simple Platinum I liked from blue nile because of the weighty platinum and the hand forging but I love it. I’ll admit I was surprised a 1ct diamond was in our budget at decent quality because I imagined them to be tens of thousands but Ovals are less than rounds apparently and my estimates of diamond costs assumed them all at D flawless XD) 

I like to look at expensive things but after owning a (for us) very expensive ring I wanted something more moderate for my wedding ring and i’m allergic to white gold so… Palladium. It’s beautiful and I love it. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Anardana:  it reminds me of Iron Man

Hahaha, I’m pretty excited that the white gold part of my wedding band is alloyed with palladium because of Iron Man too.  I also just think it’s really interesting that it’s 15 times rarer than platinum and 30 times rarer than gold, but there’s so little demand for it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Jabberwocky:  Good choice! 

I didn’t know about these super white gold Alloys you could get when we were ring shopping! All the things that were a problem for me (allergies, replating) don’t have to come with white gold and that’s good to know. 

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Anardana:  Palladium white gold is harder to find (though I think it’s more common in Europe.  The company we’re getting our bands from is German), and more expensive, but it’s a good option to have for nickel allergies.

Post # 16
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Newbee

As someone who has a palladium set, I have both good and bad things to say:

Good:

1) It looks great – just like platnium.

2) Durable. 

3) Cheaper than platinum. 

Bad:

1) It’s rare, so jewelers aren’t accustomed to working with it. Case in point, my finger size changed so drastically after I lost weight that I had to get a Fingermate installed. But, Fingermate isn’t made in palladium, so I had to get entirely new custom rings made in either 14k white gold or platnium so that I could accomodate the Fingermate. 

Ultimately, I was happy with the quality of the palladium, but I didn’t forsee the potential problems. So, I would advise against it simply because of this. 

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