Post # 1
Bees, I’m torn…
I have my dream ring in mind, but I just need to make a decision between white gold and palladium.
Here’s my (over)thinking.. 😉
- Pros: Naturally white, never needs replating. Scratches can be buffed out, and metal is not lost in the process.
- Cons: Very light for a metal, not sure if I like this or not. Althought it’s white in color, it is darker than white gold and develops a patina over time…again, not sure if I’m a fan or not.
- Pros: Super white, will shine along with the diamonds and stand out. Less easy to scratch than palladium.
- Cons: Occasionally needs to be replated with rhodium to maintain the white color. Loses metal when scratches are buffed out.
Being that it’s such a dainty ring, things like losing metal in the process of replating the rhodium scares me..since there isn’t a lot of metal to begin with. However, since I’ve never owned a ring like this before, my fears could be totally irrational.
Bees, please help me pick the best metal for this e-ring! Tell me why you picked the metal you picked, and how it has help up over time! 🙂
Post # 3
I have a platinum ring, largely because I inherited it, but I would have gone for platinum (or possibly palladium) over white gold. If you want the white white of rhodium, you can have both platinum and palladium rhodium plated (although I don’t really see the point).
White gold isn’t really that white, which is why it has to be rhodium plated for the look most people want.
Platinum and palladium are also a lot stronger than gold (which is why a lot of gold rings used have platinum prongs even with a gold shank, I’m not sure whether they still do or not).
Post # 4
Palladium has some issues, including brittleness. I just found this, it might help you make your decision.
I personally prefer unplated white gold, I think it has a lovely color. It’s slightly darker than rhodium with a little warmth.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
I voted white gold as that’s what I went for. I like the darker silver colour of it and think its classic. It doesn’t scratch as noticeably as yellow gold in my opinion and has a nice weight to it. I have another 18k white gold ring that i wore every day for over 10 years without ever rhodium playing it or having it polished and it still looks good. But its best to go and look at both too see which you like best and which works better with your skin tone too. Good luck and gorgeous ring by the way!
Post # 5
I don’t have a link handy, but I know that Scott Kay now does a LOT of work in palladium and has a section on his site all about why it rocks. Personally I don’t have anything palladium, but it would be interesting to check out. My gut wants to trust his opinion 1) because he’s a well-known designer and 2) palladium is often cheaper. If he was trying to get people on the palladium bandwagon for profits, it would definitely be an expensive option.
Post # 6
I have palladium and love it. I wasn’t sure if I would like the “lightness” compared to platinum and white gold, but i find that I really like how its not heavy! Its also a great bonus to not have to get it redipped every few months!
Post # 7
Our wedding bands are palladium. We did have issues because my hubby’s band needed to be re-sized. About 3 months after the wedding his ring cracked at the soldering line. They tried to repair it, but it cracked again. So now they are re-making his ring. There haven’t been any problems with my band though, so I think as long as you don’t need the ring re-sized it should be ok.
Post # 8
I have a palladium ring and I love it. But it’s also not for everyone–the shine is a lot greyer than white gold or platinum. Another con is that you can’t always find a jeweler to work with it–it’s a pain to deal with if you need to do anything other than buffing/cleaning.
According to my jeweler, the patina will develop without cleaning and buffing so if you notice it looking a bit dull, clean and buff it and it’s gone. Less maintenance than rhodium plating imo. I hate the idea of rhodium plating and I also worried about losing metal from scratches and polishing.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the responses so far, Bees!
I remembered one more thing…I’m like 99% sure I want to pair a 14k rose gold diamond eternity ring as my wedding band. (I loooove rose gold, like the mixed metal look, and don’t want to deal with my wedding band spinning..so that’s how I came to this decision!) Is it bad to mix palladium and white gold (i.e. will they scratch each other)? Or does that basically mean I have to go with white gold?
This is the ring that I would like as my wedding band (it’s the exact same width as the e-ring! 1.8mm!):
Post # 10
You have to be careful mixing alloys. Platinum tends to “eat” gold, not sure if this is also true of Palladium, but definitely check. I know many jewelers will not work with Palladium because it is brittle, and since it’s a relatively new material (for the jeweler), there might be a risk working with it. I love white gold.
Post # 11
@KatyElle: Ouch that’s a scary thought! I’ll be googling, but hopefully someone has experience with this! This is definitely making me lean toward white gold..
Post # 12
Hey there. I have an 18 karat white gold e-ring that has been alloyed with palladium. It seems it is just fine to mix white gold and palladium (although I’m not sure about platinum). Most white gold rings are alloyed with nickel. I’m an environmental health scientist and nickel is a dermal sensitizer, meaning it can cause you to develop rashes/irritation from wearing it every day, and I didn’t want to risk that. Mine is not dipped in rhodium, either, and I think it is the most gorgeous color. It has stayed “like new” shiny and has barely scratched at all since I got it in mid-September (and I am clutzy and bang my ring on things kinda often… haha).
Regardless of what you choose, I suspect that once you’ve been wearing it for awhile, you’ll stop caring so much about every imperfection because you’ll just be happy about what it symbolizes. 🙂
Post # 13
My e-ring is palladium, and I love it. It’s just as heavy as my gold rings, but it’s completely nonallergenic, which is important to me because I’m very nickel-sensitive. All of the jewelers here in Seattle have at least one palladium option – maybe because we’re very ‘alternative’, and none of them thought that there’d be any problems sizing it or anything like that.
Post # 14
@lilfurybug: You seem to have the perfect combination of metals! Did you have to have your ring custom made for them to alloy it that way, or is this readily available?
Post # 15
We’re going with palladium due to FI’s having a nickel allergy. 2 of my closest friends have palladium rings as their wedding bands, and haven’t had any problems so far, 3 years later (and they NEVER take them off, except to clean them and what have you). The color is darker, his especially because he doesn’t have it cleaned or buffed like she does, but I like it…it almost reminds me of pewter. Luckily, they found a local jeweler that they really liked who works with palladium with no problems (he had her engagement ring specially made of palladium with platinum prongs so it would match their bands).