Palladium vs. White Gold

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Based on this post and your experiences/expertise, which metal would you recommend for this e-ring?
    Palladium : (49 votes)
    56 %
    White Gold : (39 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
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    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    Member
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
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    3969 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
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    4014 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
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    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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 # 10
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    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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 # 12
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    4 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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. πŸ™‚

    Post # 13
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    6 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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 # 15
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    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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).

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