(Closed) Advice please!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Unfortunately Palladium isn’t as easy to work with as gold is so making a detailed design like it sounds like yours is might not be possible. 9k gold should be very white so you might not even need to redip it, just try to have it polished next time and see how that looks. If you are set on changing the metal then speak to a jeweller about it but it might be hard to get the exact same design…

Post # 4
3227 posts
Sugar bee

@barbie86:  Hmm I’m thinking about going with palladium myself. I would think that a good goldsmith can work with just about any metal. I would ask just to be sure. As for wearing those 2 metals together you won’t be wearing them for long so I don’t see the problem. I know many people wear their white gold and platinum together so you should be okay. Sorry I’m not of much help. Do you mind posting a picture of your ring? Did the jeweler say re-shanking was risky?

Post # 5
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I wouldn’t recommend changing it only because you said you have an intricate deisgn on the band.  Pics??  If you only have to re-dip your ring once in 2 years, that’s amazing and not really an inconveniece at all.  Palladium is a very hard metal to work with, not all jewelers like to do it, and since it’s a less expensive metal than platinum the jewelers sometimes are doing more difficult work and can’t charge a lot for it.  So a lot of them just say they won’t work with palladium.  I guess take the ring in to a few jewelers and ask them if they can remake it, and take it from there depending on what they say.  We want to see the ring though, pics please 🙂

Post # 6
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would leave it alone and just deal every couple of years.  There must be someplace closer by.  I can’t imagine it’s that expensive but maybe I’m wrong.

Post # 7
511 posts
Busy bee

@barbie86:  Obviously because your ring is 9kt white gold (in North America, we start at 10kt but I know it’s different back home) and you haven’t had any issues with the high nickel content in the alloy, paladium is definitely an option for you. 

However, after a discussion with the goldsmith that custom-made my engagement ring, paladium does tend to become a tad grey-looking after time.  I’m not sure if that’s an issue for you?  We ended up going with platinum instead which is softer and can scratch more easily but will never need more than a quick polish. It does cost a little more but is about on par with a higher carat gold.

Hope this helps?

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