- 7 years ago
Platinum and palladium look identical, so you could just go to a jewelry store and compare platinum to white gold. Both palladium and platinum are whiter than white gold (white gold can look slightly warmer, especially when the rhodium plating starts to wear down).
Both platinum and palladium develop a “patina” overtime, which makes the metal not look as shiny. Gold will look shiny longer. Some people love patina, others hate it. Platinum and palladium can be polished though to restore the shine.
Personally, I would say go with palladium. It looks just like platinum, is as light as gold (which some people like, others prefer the heft of platinum), it is hypoallergenic, is a more durable metal and does not need plating to keep it’s perfect white color!
@DeathByDesign: thanks for the help..so the patina that it develops will maybe not be as shiny as brand new, but it will still be white like when new or like new white gold? I have heard that when it wears it ends up lookig gray and not shiny white, kinda like sterling silver looks
My FI was dead set on having a white gold wedding band, then we went to try on other bands and he fell in love with the palladium. I really like it. One thing to be cautious about though is that I don’t think you can re-size the palladium. It has to be ordered in your size from what the jewelers told us.
@Leesh: A lot of jewelers are not equipped to work with palladium, but if you go to a jeweler who knows how to work with it, it can be resized or fixed no problem! Since palladium is rising in popularity, more and more jewelers are learning to work with it now.
You could go with a palladium white gold! WG is most commonly an alloy of gold and nickel primarily, with other metals. But, you can replace the nickel with palladium. From what I have heard, it gives the best of both worlds — no dulling patina, but generally no need for replating. Palladium is supposed to bleach the gold sufficiently I believe.
I have palladium engagement and wedding rings. I’m not exactly sure of how palladium wears over time. That said, I have heard that there are many people out there who swear that they have platinum rings from the WWII era when platinum was reserved for military use, which are likely actually palladium. That suggests that palladium does not look extremely noticeably grey with age.
I was able to resize my palladium e-ring and my husband was able to resize his palladium wedding band, but I did have to call a few jewelers before I found one that worked with palladium.
I am allergic to nickel, and my now-husband actually ordered my e-ring to be white gold alloyed with palladium, and was sent a palladium ring by mistake that he decided to keep. I’m happy with my palladium and am thrilled that there is a jewelry-grade metal out there that is hypoallergenic but not as expensive as platinum.
Both palladium and platinum wear the exact same way – they get tiny scratches all over, but never loose metal (so when you scratch your ring, the metal molecules just move around, which is different than gold, which wears away and thins over time). The “patina” that develops looks like brushed metal, rather than shiny, new metal. If you want the shiny look, a jeweler can polish palladium or platinum on a wheel in about 3 minutes (for free, usually), which will return the ring to it’s shiny, new look. Because you aren’t loosing mass through scratching or polishing, you can polish your ring as often as you want.
Personal note – my husband’s wedding band is palladium (this one – http://www.bluenile.com/wedding-ring-palladium_14194) and he LOVES it. Palladium is much lighter (and much, much cheaper) than platinum, but wears much better than white gold – so it is great for men who have never worn rings. At first he freaked out over every little scratch but now (3+ months in) he loves the patina and will purposefully scratch his ring against stuff.
I have a palladium e-ring and had it re-sized with no issues at all. It sparkles like it’s brand new still.
@sheezacowgurl: My rings and my husband’s ring are from D.NEA, which is a company that specializes in lab-created diamonds–so that would not be a place for you to get a ring if you were looking at a traditional diamond e-ring. I don’t think it is that rare for jewelry stores and companies to offer white gold/palladium alloys as an option, though…especially since so many people are allergic to nickel!
Both e-ring and wedding band are palladium. Had e-ring resized, no problem. Both rings still shiny white.
I have Palladium and I love it, I don’t have to do anything extra to keep it look great. Check out this article, it’ll explain a lot. https://wheatdiamondjewelers.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/choosing-the-right-metal-for-an-engagement-ring/