Platinum v.s. Palladium

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@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
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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Sugar bee

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
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1470 posts
Bumble bee

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
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7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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3112 posts
Sugar bee

@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
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
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173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

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
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Helper bee

@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
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
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Sugar bee

@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.

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