(Closed) Can you mix metals?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

These days I’ve seen a lot of mixing metals in pics online. I can’t tell ya what would look best though.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Palladium maybe? It’s in the platinum family and pretty much has all the same properties, but it’s lighter weight and far less expensive.

I’ve read that platinum “eats” gold, so I don’t know that mixing platinum and gold would be a good idea.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@Milk and Honey:  Palladium! And you can absolutely mix metals. I know someone that has a platinum engagement ring and a white gold band. I think she’s had them for like 8 years with no problems. You can just see the color difference. The color of palladium is just a bit whiter than platinum but it should match pretty well. I just think platinum will patina a lot darker and will have more scratches.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

In general I love the look of mixed metals, but some say platinum will rub away gold if they are stacked together and worn like that daily (as e-ring and band, most frequently). Don’t know if there’s truth in it.

Is the platinum version really much more expensive than the gold version? Gold investment prices surpassed platinum investment prices a little while ago…currently $56/gram for gold, $52 for plat, is that not reflected in jewelry prices? Both are alloyed with other metals in jewelry…platinum generally less so, but that still wouldn’t explain a big price increase. Palladium is stronger than gold as well but much more affordable, so it can’t be for that reason either. If jewelers are not bringing their prices down for platinum, I have my suspicions that they’re taking a big margin for themselves.

I’d imagine you could go for a 10 or 14karat gold alloyed partly with a strong metal like palladium if you like the contrast color look (pink or yellow gold). That would give you the hardness you need to “defend” your gold ring from your platinum one, and will lower your cost as well. (You can specify the exact alloy you want if you go custom, with a local independent jeweler, which is what I recommend). If you ‘d like both rings to be white toned perhaps pure (well, 950) palladium would be best.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Platinum and gold are actually pretty close to the same price right now. The band I want is $800 in platinum and $750 for the same thing in white gold.

I think if you were doing 2 different colours (ie: white gold and yellow gold, white gold and rose gold or yellow gold and white gold) it wouldn’t look so bad, but to have 2 different white metals together I don’t think would look good. My grad ring is white gold and my e-ring is platinum and if I wear them next to each other, there’s a pretty big difference in the colour and shine of the two. It just doesn’t look right, kind of like if you’re wearing a black suit where you’ve clearly worn and washed the pants more often because they’re a few shades lighter than the jacket. If you do two different colours though, it just doesn’t look so bad, like if you do black pants with a grey jacket, it can look really nice…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you get the two rings soldered together, then you avoid the issue of platinum wearing on gold or another metal, so I think you could do gold if you wanted to.

 

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