Post # 1
Does anyone have or is considering a Palladium engagement ring setting?
My boyfriend and I are seriously considering going with Palladium. It is similar to Platinum but is less dense (so lighter) and is roughly the same hardness (maybe harder). Depending on which jeweler you ask it is priced either at the same price as white gold or slightly more, but way less than Platinum. I also heard it is more eco and politically friendly since it is mined in the US.
What are the reasons you chose to go with one type of metal over another?
Post # 3
My Husband had my ring custom designed and molded in White Gold but the inspiration ring was in Palladium. Personally I LOVE my white gold band and in the long run it will have a higher value. I don’t know how the value of palladium ages?
My personal vote is white gold. I have a very thick band so it’s sturdy and not going to bend. My husband does Sound Engineering sometimes so he has to move speakers and big heavy boxes and help so I made sure that whatever ring he got me would be able to stand up to that and not get all bent out of shape.
Good luck finding a wonderful ring and post pics when you have it 😀
Post # 4
My husband’s ring is palladium. I think it holds up well to every day wear and tear. We did have to have it repaired with in the first few months after getting it, but that’s because my husband accidentally dropped it down the garbage disposal. 🙂 Even then, the only reason we had to have it remade was because the garbage disposal bent it into a slight oval shape. It actually came out of the garbage disposal with little other damage!
Post # 5
My FI’s ring is going to be palladium. I personally like it better than traditional white gold rings since it won’t have to be replated. Its similiar to white gold in that its a metal mixed with a white gold base (and sometimes nickel). Do be sure to ask what your palladium ring is made of – some include nickel which people can be allergic to.
Post # 6
From what I’ve read, a palladium setting (compared to a palladium mounting) is 95% pure… compared to white gold which is a certain percentage gold (depending on the karot), some other metal, plus a plating (usually rhodium or palladium). It doesn’t tarnish and doesn’t need to be replated. It does not contain gold or nickel.
As Brandonsbride mentioned… one reason to go with white gold or platinum is that you have confidence in its value. I am concerned that a palladium ring will not hold its value over time. But given that I plan to where it “forever”, I think I’m willing to risk it.
Post # 7
I have a palladium engagement ring, and I LOVE it! We went with palladium because we felt that it avoided the pitfalls of white gold (having to be replated, wearing through on the bottom after many years of wear) and platinum (it’s not as brittle, so it’s less likely to chip if you hit it on something. Also, we’re getting in on the bottom floor of what I think is going to be a palladium craze, so if you look in the right places, it’s really inexpensive. Because it’s fairly new to the market, no one is really sure of it’s value yet, so there are some places where is very pricey and others where it’s not, so be sure to find a good deal (we ordered through Danforth Diamonds and were very happy with their prices). The great thing about going with palladium, other than the fact that it looks really lovely and will last and hold up well, is that it frees up more of your budget to spend on a fantastic diamond (or diamonds). Here are some pictures of mine! (Sidenote: I have to be honest, I really didn’t consider whether it’s value would increase over time. I guess I don’t really care since they’re going to have to pry it off my cold, dead finger. Ew. That was gross. I apologize. But really, the only value that really matters to me is the sentimental one. However, I do think that the awesome diamonds we have are going to worth a pretty penny, and I have a sneaking suspicion that palladium is about to have its day in the sun.)
Post # 8
I have a platinum ring because…… that is what my Fiance picked. We never discussed white gold v. platinum. If you would have asked me the day before he proposed which I wanted I would have said white gold because it looked the same to me and it was cheaper… and I’m nothing if not thrifty.
But, I must admit that I am so glad he got platinum. I never have to have it replated, it will never yellow (it does get a patina which a lot of people prefer over “new” platinum look, I’m undecided but its easy to remove if you dont like it). I like that the ring has a heavier weight, and I like that even though platinum is softer, it doesn’t ever lose volume (if you scratch it, it just displaces material it doesn’t lose material). So I won’t ever have to get a different setting bc its worn thin, i can just have it buffed back to new.
Post # 9
my ring is palladium white gold. i am pretty rough on my rings (i wear them all the time, except for bed) and it’s held up really well these first 2 months there are no dings or nicks. my fiance researched palladium before he bought me the ring and he thought it was a good idea and this is a man who will research the hell out of something and never make a decision until he absolutely has to and it only took him a month to decide it was ok with him to get a palladium white gold ring.
i actually enjoy the color of my ring. it looks very dark grey, because it has hints of yellow. if you got 100% palladium it would be very bright white, brighter than platinum. if you decide to go with palladium white gold, it’s a better choice than nickel, because it is hypoallergenic.
Post # 10
My boyfriend and I have decided to go for palladium.
He would much rather get me a top notch diamond than have platinum, and we both don’t want white gold. Also, I love that palladium doesn’t need to be dipped, is strong, natural and has the platinum look.
I could care less about the value, I am never ever ever going to get rid of my e-ring, so why would I care about the value of the metal. It is more the value of the diamond in my opinion.
I also think in 5-10 years palladium will be the new rave.
Post # 11
I also have a palladium white gold ring. Basically my ring is 18k gold, so 75% gold and 25% palladium…nothing else. Our rings were custom made and this is the only type of white gold they use because the resulting rings are hypoallergenic and don’t require rhodium plating.
My only issue with it is that it looks like platinum and I don’t like the colour of platinum (slightly greyer than most white gold)…I suppose many people would count this on the positive side. 🙂
Post # 12
All 3 of my rings are palladium, and I absolutely LOVE them! They’ve held up beautifully, the metal is more white in color than white gold, and I’ll never have to get them replated.