Post # 1
Hello everyone! I’m not engaged yet, but my boyfriend and I are probably going to get engaged within the next few months and we’ve started looking at rings. Platinum is out of our price range and I wanted something a little more interesting than white gold, so I thought we’d go the Palladium route.
Did you get or know anyone who has a Palladium ring? I’d love to see some pictures and hear about your experience.
Also, does anyone know of good places to look for Palladium e-rings and wedding bands? Bonus points if they are online and/or in the DC/Baltimore area.
Post # 3
I posted about my good experience with iweddingband.com yesterday. They are a very competitively priced online retailer that carries palladium bands. They don’t have ones with dimonds or other gemstones in them though, so it would really only work for wedding bands, not e-rings.
Post # 4
I think most ring designers have the palladium option.
My engagement ring is by Sholdt http://www.sholdtdesign.com/Rings.htm and they have a palladium option for their rings.
My engagement ring is platinum, but I opted for palladium for my wedding band b/c of pricing and b/c palladium is lighter (weight, not color) than platinum.
My wedding band is by Ritani http://www.ritani.com/products/category/18 and everything I looked at had a palladium option. My wedding band is an eternity ring so I know palladium works with rings with diamonds.
If you see a ring you like online, your jeweler should be able to contact the designer and have the rings delivered for you to try on in person.
I can’t see a difference between the color of the metals, but there is huge difference in the weight of the metals.
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I have a palladium ering and I love it. I live in MT where it is mined so I think we have more options for palladium rings but it sounds like it is spreading. My ring is a lot like the classic tiffany solitare engagement ring.
Post # 7
My e-ring is palladium, looks just like platinum but wayyy less expensive! It is an antique look bought at RobbinsBros. and the designer is Scott Kay. Its beeeeeutiful.. oh and this is a way better route than the white gold, where it can turn a lil yellow down the road!
Post # 8
Thank you everyone for your help! I just found out that iGorman in DC has a bunch of Scott Kay and Sholdt e-rings in Palladium, and I’m going to try and get there next week to check them out.
Post # 9
yes, I was going to tell you Scott Kay! I have a palladium e-ring & *heart* it…it is from Bailey Banks & Biddle…custom made, please PM me if you want pics…
Post # 10
My wedding rings will be milled in palladium! My Fiance and I are having my bands, a double eternity set that nestles my engagement ring, custom made. This option was perfect for us, as I wanted to incorporate heirloom diamonds. Palladium was actually the safest option as far as maintaining the integrity of my diamonds.
Our jeweler (http://www.scottscustomjewelers.com/) has actually decided to discontinue his work in platinum. According to him–and he’s been in the business for a substantial amount of time–platinum is just too cumbersome. Not only is it heavy, but it isn’t as durable as palladium, and it’s also incredibly costly. Palladium, however, is both incredibly durable and very beautiful, so more jewelers are beginning to prefer it. One of my best friends is a chemist, and he believes that it’s the best alloy for wedding sets due to its above qualities.
Obviously, I think you should go for the palladium. You may want to look into having your rings custom made as well. The process, although it sounds costly, is actually much more affordable. And if you wanted to mix platinum and palladium pieces (a possible option), a jeweler who’s designing your set would be able to do that for you. I don’t know of any retailers/jewelers in the DC area, but you’ll surely find one. Good luck!
Post # 11
My class ring is palladium, and it still looks as shiny as it did the day I got it. We thought pretty hard about palladium, but in the end, the place we got my diamond from threw in the ring… So I happily have platinum.
They are in the same column of the periodic table, although as freeman said palladium is more durable and lighter. Palladium is still a rare metal, but with less demand it is way cheaper than platinum.
Good luck deciding!
Post # 12
Both my engagement ring and wedding band are palladium. I absolutely love this metal. It is light, shiny and doesn’t show scratches. I’ve had them cleaned three times in the last year and a half and they look maginificent and have help up nicely. If you’re looking online, try adiamor.com and brilliance.com. Both jewelers use palladium.