What metal would you choose? Palladium or white gold or platinum?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Wedding bands- What metal do you prefer- white gold, palladium or platinum?
    White gold : (25 votes)
    27 %
    Palladium : (14 votes)
    15 %
    Platinum : (54 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 2
    3661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I vote platinum. It never has to be dipped, it displaces metal rather than loses it, so the shank won’t thin over time. It’s extremely hypoallergenic (many people are allergic to white gold).

    Since you’re looking for wedding bands, I would get whatever your engagement ring is. Mixing metals is not usually a good thing in terms of one ring wearing down another.

    Post # 3
    692 posts
    Busy bee

    I would pick platinum as well. Palladium is finicky and prone to cracking or breaking. White gold needs to be redipped.

    Post # 4
    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    Post # 5
    992 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Following this as my engagement ring is palladium and i’ve been trying to figure out what to do for a wedding band 🙂

    Post # 6
    8588 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I have 14k white gold but would love to have platinum..rhodium dipping is annoying! Platinum only has to be buffed and polished every few years if you dont want a patina.

    Post # 7
    4910 posts
    Honey bee

    I always wanted platinum for my ERing and wedding band. I never thought it would be in my price range, so I had already told myself I would need to settle for white gold. (I didn’t know about palladium until coming to WB.) But, when we got my anniversary “ERing”, we were able to get the setting in platinum! I was over the moon. I love it so, so much.

    My wedding band is white gold at the moment. But I am hoping to have a platinum band custom-made to fit my ring exactly. My “ERing” is still fairly new, so I don’t think it looks aged yet.

    This is the two metals together:

    My original wedding band was yellow gold on the outside edges and inside of the band and white gold in the middle. It is about 16 years old, and I’ve never had it redipped / replated / whatever. I’ll post a picture of it so you can see how that metal ages without being dipped.

    It might be hard to see, but I think you can tell how the metal in the middle of the band (where the squares / “cushions” are) is a sort of creamy yellow. I’ve  never been a huge yellow gold fan — for many reasons — but I think the age on white gold is particularly lovely.

    Post # 8
    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    If you can afford platinum, go platinum for the low maintenance! That’s one of the reasons I actually prefer yellow gold, but that’s my personal taste

    Post # 9
    4649 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Strawberryshmoo:  I can’t say I know anytiing about palladium except a couple jewelers mentioned it doesn’t hold the stone so if you’re getting a stone, you might not want that. Who knows how true that is?? They seemed to think it’d be fine in a plain band. They also said it’s not a precious metal, but not sure how important that is in the scheme of things.

    Platinum is the most expensive so naturally I went with white gold. Lol! I wore white gold before and it didn’t need redipping in the few years I wore it. Plus redipping doesn’t cost much and was suggested every 3 years. I did see a ring where the yellow was starting to show through and it wasn’t that bad. People that are allergic are allergic to the nickel in the gold. So white gold is plated with rhodium to make it more hypoallergenic.

    Post # 10
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Platinum. I’m klutzy and tend to gesticulate a lot, and I don’t want to have to worry about flinging my ring against hard surfaces. My e-ring is platinum, as will be our wedding bands. 

    Post # 11
    40 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Platinum! My FI thought it best because of the wear resistance, and how many projects we do together that I might forget to remove it for.  Its developing a patina, I will try to post pictures if I can this week, but its quite lovely really, I think.  I have been wearing it for 4 months now and it looks really shiny you can just see the scratches if you try.  My boss has a platinum ring that is about 15 years old and it looks quite nice too, very aged and matt finish which is something some people desire!  


    I plan to get my ring buffed before the wedding so it matches the finish on the wedding band (which has never been worn).  At that point it will have been worn for 7 months almost to the day!

    Post # 12
    277 posts
    Helper bee

    I love love love platinum. I love the weight and grey sheen. It does get dull, but that doesn’t bother me, I feel like it makes the stones pop more. People talk about having a forever stone, but to me, platinum is a forever metal (NOT that gold isn’t for some people, I am super rough on my jewelry).

    I’ve read that platinum and palladium can be worn together without a problem since they are from the same family… I don’t now how true that is though.

    Post # 13
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

    I think platinum is ridiculously overpriced. WG (which my FI chose for me) is cheaper and a beautiful colour, but it wouldn’t have been my first choice since it needs to be ridipped (how often depends on the wearers body pH and ow often you wear it though). I think palladium is pretty much the same as platinum, but cheaper. It is more unusual though, meaning there’s less choice of bands.

    Post # 14
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Platinum!  White gold is too light for my taste (and I don’t like that you have to get it re-dipped).  

    Post # 15
    10886 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I chose platinum, and I am very glad that I did.  Prior posters have done a great job of extolling its virtues.

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