White Gold or Palladium

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which Metal Did You Choose?
    White Gold : (20 votes)
    53 %
    Palladium : (18 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I got palladium for it’s hypoallergenic qualities, it’s weight (not a fan of how heavy platinum is), it’s low maintainence, and the fact that my setting kind of default came in palladium.

    Post # 4
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    1870 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2006

    I went with white gold because my dream ring was pre-owned. I just knew it was what I wanted and loved it. That being said, I’ve owned white gold jewelry over the past few years and have had the rhodium replated about every two years for the pieces I wear most often. 

    Post # 5
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    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @GatsbyMama:  I got palladium and I LOVE IT!  I like very low-maintenance stuff, and the idea of replating WG every year or so sounded absolutely insane to me.  When I first heard about palladium I thought it was too good to be true.  I am in love!  I’m allergic to nickel, so WG was kind of out anyway.  I am so happy with palladium.

    Post # 6
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    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 1993

    My setting came in Platinum, or 18kt, 14kt, White Gold.  Palladium wasn’t an option.  However, I have never had to have my white gold rings redipped and they still look as good as the day I bought them.  I take them in to have them cleaned and inspected quite regularly.    

    Post # 7
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    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Palladium wasn’t available at the jewelry store we went to, and it seemed like it would hard to find, so we went with white gold. After a few months, my engagement ring yellowed on the underside, and I’ve been wearing my wedding band since our April wedding and it’s now yellow too. The top side that everyone sees is still fine for now, but I expect to dip every year.

    Post # 8
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    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was planning on getting palladium since I think I’m allergic to nickel, but we ended up getting platinum instead since our favored ring designer didn’t work with palladium. It ended up being very reasonable though since I like thin bands anyway.

    Post # 9
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @GatsbyMama:  I wouldn’t get palladiium as too many jewelers won’t work with it.  An inexperienced jeweler could crack the ring as palladium is brittle. Palladium also gets a “patina” (oxidizing) and is not as bright as white gold. Monetarily it’s also worth much less than gold (40% less compared ounce to ounce), although some vendors charge similarly to gold thus making a higher profit margin. The downside to white gold is that it has to be replated occasionally although some enjoy the warm hue white gold gets when the rhodium wears off.

    Good luck, whatever you choose.

    Post # 10
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    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My rings are white gold and I have yet to re-dip.  I’ve had my ering for 13 months and my wband for just 2 mos however they match in color perfectly.  I know I’m going to have to re-dip at some point but for now I think I’m OK.

    Post # 11
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    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Palladium has a lot of the same properties as platinum. White gold needs to be re dipped and sometimes is mixed with other, less desirable metals, depending on where you get it. Platinum and Palladium are pretty much similar and hypoallergenic 

    Post # 12
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    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Part of my wedding band is a palladium white gold alloy, so best of both worlds. If it’s nickel white gold vs. palladium, I’d definitely pick palladium though. I react to nickel like vampires react to holy water. 

    Post # 13
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    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We chose palladium and I love it. I love that it will never yellow. It does scracth more easily than gold from what I’ve heard though.

    Post # 14
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    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    I went platinum, but if I couldnt have gone that route I probably would have gone palladium.

    Post # 15
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Jabberwocky:  lol I always thought of my reaction to nickle like that of a werewolf to silver. Sometimes I wonder if nickle allergies are actually the root of that bit of mythology, it certainly looks like I’ve been burned when nickle touches my skin.

    Post # 16
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    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Eckle:  Werewolf is a good comparison too. I like that. 

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