(Closed) Did you go with gold or platinum?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What metal did you choose?

    White Gold

    Yellow Gold


    Other- Please explain.

  • Post # 3
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Have you looked into palladium… often cheaper than/same price as white gold, but with all the qualities of plantinum except the heft.  Keep in mind that white gold is plated in rhodium (which is in the same family as plantinum and palladium), which will wear away in time, leaving your ring with a more yellow tint than platinum/palladium would have.  If you think this would bother you, you should get a ring in a pure – rather than plated – metal.

    Post # 4
    4811 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Wanderlusty:  What looks best on your skintone? Do you have cool or warm undertones?


    I originally had rhodium plated white gold. Did not like it that much while wearing it as it was TOO white. Then I had palladium white gold (unplated) which was more a warm-steely-gray with platinum head. Now I am going back to 18k yellow gold. It just appeals to me more and looks WAY better on my skin and overall colouring.

    White metals wash me out. The yellow also works much better with the stones I am getting, in my opinion.

     I never liked platinum. I just do not like how it wears. Sure, the weight is nice, but 18k also has great weight to it.

    You can also look at palladium. The way it wears is somewhere in between platinum and white gold (not as “soft” as platinum, so retains a shinier polished finish longer, etc). 

    If you do go with white gold, see if you can get a palladium alloy as you will never have to plate it, and it will never “yellow”.  It is also nickel-free.


    I’d go for a larger stone and either palladium-white gold or palladium, if you want to remain with a white metal.




    Post # 5
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Palladium. Part of the platinum family of white metals, so it never needs redipping like white gold and I don’t have to worry about nickle alloys like white gold. But it’s less expensive than platinum and doesn’t weigh a ton like platinum does. It was the perfect metal for my custom rings.

    Given the choice between a larger stone or platinum, I’d choose the larger stone.

    Post # 6
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I got palladium 🙂

    Post # 7
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We opted for white gold. I was tempted to go with platinum but the rings I tried on were too heavy for my taste.

    Post # 8
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Just to clarify my earlier comment – white gold is generally yellow gold cut with nickel and then plated in rhodium.  As RayKay noted, many manufacturers are now cutting gold with palladium, which means it does not need to be plated and is whiter than traditional yellow gold.

    FWIW, my e-ring is plantinum and my wedding band is white gold (both are heirlooms, so I didn’t have a choice about them matching)… and you can definitely tell the difference.  It drives me kind of nuts.

    Post # 9
    4811 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @septcabride:  Never mind, I see you already clarified!

    Post # 10
    895 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    We went with white gold. Nothing against platinum, but the setting would have been a few hundred more, and I didn’t feel it was worth it, since I like white gold. We put it into the diamond instead.

    Post # 11
    2536 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have palladium for my wedding set.  I wanted something a little more durable than gold.  It’s naturally white and the same color as platinum, so no worries about needing to have it redipped like white gold. 

    Post # 12
    4811 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    OP, this is palladium white gold, unplated, 18k (the head/prongs are platinum) in natural daylight – you’ll have to ignore the reflections!:


    They are not at all yellow, and never will be yellow.

    I wish more people knew that not all white gold needs to be plated or “dipped” and not all of it contains nickel, as I see that those cited as concerns over and over again! It is one of those stupid little pet peeves of mine!


    Post # 13
    7321 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I got white gold. I just love gold, and I especially love the look of white and rose gold together. I did consider platinum for my e-ring, but I only like how it looks when it’s brand new. Patina bugs me.

    Post # 14
    8503 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have platinum because I’m allergic to nickel and can’t wear most white gold, and I don’t really care for the look of yellow gold rings. Even if I could wear white gold, I would probably go with palladium or platinum instead because I wouldn’t want to bother with having it redipped.

    Post # 15
    41 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I only wear yellow gold because it looks good with my skin tone.   I would get the gold and  get a bigger stone, it seems like that might be an option for you.

    Post # 16
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My fiance got my engagement ring in white gold. Platinum is nice, but it scratches and gets scoffed up really easy, a lot easier than the white gold. Plus bigger diamonds are always better!

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