Post # 1
I’ve been reading other posts about palladium vs platinum rings and they all seem to be close to 5 years old! Just wondering if any of you ladies have any updated opinions about palladium? My SO and I are trying to decide between the 2 metals, and the price of palladium is very intriguing…even though I have always thought I wanted platinum!
Any info about durability, appearance etc would be appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
@Lizzy272: originally we were looking at palladium for both wedding rings (however, mine was only about £200 to upgrade to platinum…so we did) we went for palladium for DHs ring. its only been 2 1/2 months of wearing but it is holding up as well as my platinum band is. it has got the inevitable scuffs and knocks from constant daily wear and tear but is still looking FAB. its a bit brighter than platinum but unless you are holding the two metals side by side then i dont think you could tell a difference.
Post # 4
@Lizzy272: Both of my rings are palladium. We chose it because I wanted a white metal, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between palladium and platinum when I compared them side by side, and palladium was £300 cheaper. It’s also strong and hypoallergenic like platinum.
I’ve had my engagement ring for a year now and although it has some minor scratches it’s beautiful and shiny. I love it.
The only downsides I can see are that not all jewellers use palladium so it may be more difficult to find a band and I’ve heard some jewellers don’t want to resize it. But there are still lots of bands out there if you look around 🙂
Post # 5
@Audrey2: +1. i love my palladium rings. they are not bright white like rhodiumed white gold but the color is still great. i think they are more scratch resistant and when they do you dont lose metal like with platinum. ive had many white gold rings over the years and the yellow coming through all the time really twerked at my ocd. been wearing my set for a year and i love it as much as day one. and im hard to please and indesicive. ring porn!
Post # 6
My ring is palladium and I love it! It does show scratches a little more than my white gold rings do BUT with a quick polish, it shines like new again. I also enjoy knowing I’ll never have to get it redipped!
Post # 7
I love my palladium rings. They scratch a little more than white gold, but it’s just the patina exactly the same as platinum. The colour is more grey than platinum, but not by much, and I haven’t had any issues getting people to work with palladium. You do want someone who knows what they’re doing though, a poor resize will leave a dark line.
Post # 8
My first e-ring was palladium, and the metal itself held up fine (granted I only wore it for about 5 months) but the craftmanship of the ring was terrible, but that had nothing to do with the metal. I very much prefer platinum however.
Post # 9
@Lizzy272: My engagement ring is palladium and I’ve been wearing it since July and it’s still super shiny. There are some little scratches on the underside, but no different than my other 14k white gold rings. I bang the thing on everything, so I’m surprised there are no scratches on the top or the bezel, honestly. I was nervous at first because I know it’s hard to find someone to work with palladium, but I live in a big city and checked around before I purchased and found someone who can work with it nearby, if I need anything done. I just love that I don’t have to have it replated. Plus, I’m kinda looking forward to it getting the patina, if it ever happens! Below is a photo from within the last month when I was trying it on with my wedding bands.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’ve been wearing my palladium rings for 3+ years and it was definitely the right metal for me. It’s the look of a naturally white metal (so it never needs re-dipped), hypoallergenic (a must for me due to metal allergies), and not heavy to wear like platinum is (I don’t like to feel my rings on my fingers very much). I also wear a gold ring every day on my other hand. The palladium and the gold ring are equally dinged. But when I get the dings polished out of my palladium rings I don’t lose any of the metal. I can’t say the same for my gold ring.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
I prefer the look of white gold over palladium. My first e-ring was palladium and the combination of the bad setting and the soft metal caused me to loose stones (I think the setting was more the problem than the actual metal though).
The color of my palladium ring was comparable to a pewter grey, I think. Where my white gold is very bright and shiny.
Here’s a picture using flash of palladium (top) vs white gold (bottom).
Post # 12
If you’re looking for durability (my husband was), you could also look at Tungsten. Rings that are like $400 at the jewelry stores are $18 on Amazon for the same thing.
Post # 13
One ring is palladium, the other is white gold. Can you guess which is which?
Post # 14
Dh’s band is palladium and we’ve been happy with it. The only issue we’ve had is jeweler’s around here don’t like to work with it, so we had it sent back to Blue Nile for resizing.
Post # 15
Thank you so much for all the info! I definitely don’t want to deal with redipping so that ruled white gold out for me. Many of you have said palladium is grayer than platinum, I suppose it’s difficult to capture it on camera becasue I honestly can’t tell the difference!
Also, I thought I would like the weight of platinum, but I only wear one sterling silver ring on my right hand which feels like nothing on my finger, so maybe the lighter metal would be better…
Post # 16
@FutureDrAtkins: I can kind of tell the difference here. Is palladium really that soft? I was under the impression that it was stronger than platinum.