Post # 1
Does anyone have any experince with platinum v.s. palladium?
I’ve decided I want a platinum setting, I dont want to have to deal with getting the white gold re-plated all the time & i like the strength of platinum. My boyfriend discovered that he can get a palladium setting from Moissanite pretty cheap to have my diamond set in. I’m not sure how I feel about that?
I’ve done some reasearch online and it looks like the two metals are very similar, but palladium is alot cheaper. But I guess its hard to find jelwers that work on palladium. If its not worked with properly it becomes very brittle.
Does anyone have any experience thoughts?
Should I stick with my origional decision and go with platinum or try palladium?
Have any Moissanite girls had any problems with your palladium settings?
Post # 3
@showmethebling: I have a palladium e-ring and I love it. Absolutely no problems and it meant I got a shiny white metal I adore in our budget without needing replating.
My advice would be: if you want an unusual wedding ring (eg. vintage, engraved, scroll work etc – something very fancy. Or something from Tiffany’s where they don’t sell palladium) and you can afford platinum, go with platinum. You will find it much easier to find the wedding ring of your dreams to go with your e-ring.
If however you want a plain band or a standard diamond (or moissanite) band such as channel or pave set, you will have no problems finding a palladium wedding ring.
If price is an issue, go for palladium. It has the same properties as platinum (naturally white, hypoallergenic), except that it is lighter. I have heard there is also a slight colour difference between the metals but you’d only notice if you put them side by side.
Either way I think you will be very happy!
Post # 4
I have a palladium setting, and it has not been a problem at all. I called 3 local jewelers to get estimates on resizing, and all of them worked with palladium. You’d probably be out of luck at one of those “5 minute jewelery quick fix” mall booths, but you don’t want to take your e-ring there anyways!
The durability has been very good. My FI has a platinum wedding band, and it has picked up scratches/patina much more noticeably than my palladium band (although we could just wear our rings differently). My jeweler also thinks that her husband’s palladium band is more scratch-resistant than her platinum one.
Post # 5
My e-ring is palladium and I’ve had no probelms at all with it. No scratches, no discoloration or anything. I would call around to jewelers to see if they work on palladium before making a decision. My FI bought my setting from a small local jeweler and he does wonderful work with palladium.
Post # 6
FI wants a palladium ring. It seems cool to me…I’m getting white gold and I’m dreading the redipping/maintenance aspect 🙁 I would probably have preferred to go with palladium myself if I’d known about it.
Post # 7
My only concern would be finding a jeweler willing to work with it in case you need it resized or fixed for some reason. DH’s ring is palladium and mine is platinum. They look almost exactly the same in color, although I do think his is more scratch resistant.
Post # 8
@showmethebling: I just got my new palladium ring this week, so I can’t comment on long-term wear. But I absolutely love it! I called three jewelers and asked them if they are used to working with palladium and they all said yes. I am very happy with my palladium decision!
Post # 9
I’m interested in knowing more about the differences also… I HATE having my white gold redipped constantly. I’m one of “those” people who has to do it several times a year 🙁
Post # 10
I’ve had my palladium e-ring since December, and I love it. The color is nice, it doesn’t get scuffed up or scratched easily, and I never have to worry about replating. Plus, it’s so much cheaper than platinum. I wouldn’t hesitate to go with palladium if you can find a setting in it that you love.
Post # 11
I LOVE my palladium setting, my eternity band will also be set in palladium (as well as my plain band if I don’t go with rose gold), and my FI’s ring will be palladium. It’s much more resistant against scratches than platinum, and platinum can “lose it’s shape” over time.
Post # 12
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I have both. Ering is palladium and have a matching palladium band. I also have a platinum diamond band and plain platinum band. Platinum weighs more, but they are both equal otherwise… Gorgeous! I actually prefer the weight off platinum.
Post # 13
@bleusteel: Where did you get yours from if I may ask …was it local? Just curious about any local jewelers who also work w/palladium if that’s where you got it. 🙂
Post # 14
@showmethebling: I have a platinum setting which I adore, and I think palladium is equally as good if not better. I went with platinum because I love the weight of it, a heavy ring was something I wanted, and because the jeweller who made my custom setting didn’t offer palladium. Also I travel a lot and didn’t want to ever worry about finding a jeweller who could work with my ring…in, like, some freak ring emergency. (;
Aside from the lighter weight (which is an advantage to many people), I think palladium may actually be better than platinum because it is slightly harder. It has the strength of platinum but is more scratch-resistant. My platinum band is WAY more scratched and dented than my white gold bands, and the platinum also doesn’t hold its shape as well. Palladium might not have these issues quite as much.
Post # 15
@JoCoJenn: Yes, it was a local place. It’s called Holland’s Jewelers and they’re in downtown Apex. FI said he had a great experience buying the e-ring there and we’ll be back to buy our wedding bands I’m sure.
Post # 16
@bleusteel: Awesome. Thanks much.