Post # 1
So my Fiance has fallen for mokume gane, it is really what he wants.
The ring style I know he likes comes either in Platinum/White Gold/Palladium-Silver or Palladium950/Palladium500/Palladium-Silver
Either way this will be more expensive than the typical mens wedding band, but considering how much he spent on my e-ring and the fact that this is something he is going to be wearing for the rest of his life I’m more than willing to pay the extra money to get him something special he will love to wear, it’s the least I could do considering he’s done the same for me.
The problem is I don’t know which metals to get it in. The jewler I would be buying it from says Palladium, the jewler who made my e-ring says he doesn’t like Palladium and I should go with Platinum. I don’t really know enough to make an informed choice. The all Palladium ring is over $1,000 less than the Platinum and Gold one but I don’t want to default to the Palladium if it really isn’t worth it just because of the savings (although I am very tempted) .
Any bees out there who know more about these metals than I do? Oh and the White Gold would be a palladium alloy so it wouldn’t need coating to maintain the color.
Post # 3
I think the only downside of palladium is many jewelers will still not work with it (I hear it’s because while many jewelers have the equipment, they’re uninformed on how to work with the metal). I think that will change though as the metal becomes more popular. Palladium is awesome because it’s very similar to platinum except that it is lighter and much less expensive.
Post # 4
@DeathByDesign: Thank you for the information! Because the band will be mokume gane we will be restricted in what jewlers are able to resize it anyway so that doesn’t sound like a downside at all.
Post # 5
My Fiance also went with a Mokume gane ring….we bought off of etsy. Still waiting for it to arrive, but it seems like you can get them for a lot cheaper than the 5K models we saw in a jewelry store.
ETA: this is the ring he chose
Post # 6
If the person making it suggests palladium, then they probably know how to work with it. The only bad thing I’ve ever heard about palladium is if someone doesn’t know how to resize it, it can crack. Other than that, it’s got a lot of the same qualities as platinum.
Post # 7
From what I know of Palladium, the only downside I personally see is the weight (because platinum is noticeably heavier, which I like). Otherwise, I think palladium is superior to platinum, because it is stronger and less expensive.
Plus, many people prefer a lighter weight in their rings.
Post # 8
I just read yr post more carefully — are you trying to decide between all palladium and white gold made with palladium, or all palladium vs platinum? If the price difference is 1k between the gold and the palladium, I would go for the white gold. People have used this metal for generations, surely it is durable enough? Also, I understand many people prefer the way white gold wears to palladium/platinum (bc of the way the scratches look).
Post # 9
I’ve had both. I think palladium is a very nice alternative to platinum.
Post # 10
Do palladium adn platinum look similar though, next to each other? I prefer a lightweight and lower priced wedding band but my e-ring shank is platinum. If they look the same next to each other, I would get platinum.
Anyone seen the two metals side by side?