(Closed) Palladium Ering… White gold the wedding band?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

i don’t have experience with these metals, but just wanted to tell you how gorgeous your ring is! what’s the price difference between the white gold and palladium band?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

All metals will dull over time and need to be professionally cleaned and buffed to get it back up to its shiny, brand-new looking self!  So I wouldn’t worry about it.  Save the money – get the white gold!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

It’s my understanding that modern white gold has to be replated regularly.  If you factor in the cost of replating, paladium may end up being cheaper in the long run.  We were gonig to do white gold until we found this out.  Now Fiance has no respect for the jeweler who keeps pushing white gold over platinum or palladium.  If you go into the store, they’re probably going to try to get you to buy something else!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

In response to *iswimibikeirun*:

(1) Not everyone has to get their white gold re-plated with the Rhodium finish.  It depends on how “hard” you wear your jewelry and your chemical make up (some people have a certain something that is emitted from their skin that can wwear away at the Rhodium finish, while others do not).

(2) I have had my rings Re-Rhodium plated 3 times – all 3 times it was FREE and they did it while I waited.  NO biggie.

(3) My BF’s ring is Platinum and she has had to have it professionally re-buffed several times – at a cost to her.

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I’ve also heard that most people would need to get white gold rings re-plated repeatedly. But that’s not a deciding factor in what ring to pick, just something to think about. I have a platinum e-ring and was considering a white gold band but they didn’t look great together – could tell the difference for sure. I would suggest trying it on and seeing how you feel about it, but for me personally mixing two metals didn’t work. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I strongly concur with ISWIMIBIKEIRUN…

I understand you re: not wanting your FH to spend additional money.  I suggest maybe asking your jeweler if they will redip/replate at no charge – it is not common to find a jeweler that will do that as it’s a natural element of wear & tear.

If they do charge you, what is the fee and how many times per year will it have to be done?  Do some math with it x 10 (10 years) and then multiply your care for Palladium x 10. 

My FH and I did this same thing this past week – we learned in the long run after 10 years we’ll actually have by having my ring done in Palladium. 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

It’s true that some white gold does not have to be replated.  It depends on what the alloy used with the gold is.  I believe the older white gold had a high nickel content.  Because of nickel allergies, nickel isn’t used any more.  I think that’s caused the need for replating.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

1st of all yay, I’m not the only one with a Paladium ring 🙂  I’d never even heard of it til I picked out my ring (which I thought was platinum) until the sales person told me it was paladium.  From my research and in speaking with my jeweler they do not recommend mixing the metals.  Something about how they wear on eachother because the 2 materials would vary in hardness?  Also, they told me platinum loses its shine faster than paladium so the metals would no longer match after a period of time and would require buffing.  She said she would definitely not wear white gold against paladium though because the white gold is much softer and would be damaged sitting against the paladium.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i would have to agree with getting either a palladium or a platinum ring. both metals are from the same family. i have a friend who has a platinum e-ring and a white gold wedding ring and she’s so disappointed by the difference in color. she showed me and i couldn’t believe the metal difference.

i found this at one point… i hope this helps show you the difference between metal colors. i have a 14K palladium white gold e-ring and we ended up going through brilliant earth to get my wedding band. i had to special order a 18K palladium white gold band so the colors wouldn’t be too different.

http://journal.pricescope.com/Articles/47/1/An-Overview-Of-Common-Alloys-Used-In-Jewelry.aspx

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I also have a palladium e-ring and totally love it–and actually, we’ve found that palladium through our jeweler is LESS expensive than white gold.  For instance, the 3mm 18K White Gold is $320, but the same 3mm Palladium is $245.  I think because Palladium is still new to the market, different places disagree with regards to its value in comparison to gold.  We’ve been purchasing online through Danforth Diamond and have had a wonderful experience.  Maybe look into that–it could save you a good bit of money, and if you’re anything like me, that’s a great thing!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Paladium isn’t particularly new…I think it just hasn’t been very common since the depression era.  My e-ring is from 1930 and it’s paladium 🙂  Apparently it’s coming back in style and we’re just ahead of the game!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Actually  the cost of palladium is very close to white gold. My e-ring is palladium. My fiance worked for a metalsmith back in the days so he knows a lot about all the different metals. It’s not very popular most women want the more known platinum. Palladium is cheaper than Platinum but they are in the same family. Unlike palladium, platium is used to make things other than just jewelry thats why it is more expensive because theres more of a demand for it. Palladium and white gold are similar in price Palladium is naturally the white color. White gold will start to get a yellow color after a while and probably will look dull. I don’t know what jeweler your Fiance went to or if it is more expansive where you live. The only reason palladium has been more expensive for us (personally) is most places where we live will charge us extra because they don’t carry extra palladium to add in for resizing or setting the diamond(if you need those things done). Go with what you want.

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