(Closed) Palladium wedding rings

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Newbee

Futuremrs.wood, My SO’s sister has a palladium ring, so I have def looked into as an option. I thought heck it looks just like platinum, so what’s the catch? I found a few things. First off, she had hers sized for her at the jewelers, I learned this because she said her only regret about palladium is it’s difficulty to size. She is worried that when she has children or get’s hurt(she plays tennis) that she might have to get it resized and palladium is not a great metal in this dept.  Also, it is MUCH lighter than platinum, I feel like a child when I say this, but when I feel a “light” ring I think “crackerjack” ring. Of course she loves this bc she can wear it when she plays and it doesn’t bother her.  Another thing I found while comparing was this

“Ahh…the metals used to mix with platinum and palladium are generally in the platinum family of metals, of which palladium is a sibling.   Some is alloyed with ruthenium and some with iridium, both expensive platinum family metals.  Either platinum or palladium are generally sold as “950” meaning the alloy recipe is 95% the main metal and 5% alloy components.   So, palladium is marked 950PD.   Platinum is marked PT or PT950 among other ways to indicate the amount of alloy metal.  Not as with gold which has silver, copper and a touch of zinc in the mix, most platinum and palladium metal is entirely precious metal.

To know just what mix a palladium ring might be is hard to find out.  The makers have been trying to get the most workable and suitable alloys on the market and often do not give up their secrets.   We do know that palladium by Scott Kay is alloyed with 5% ruthenium.  The others? I really don’t know”

– from http://en.allexperts.com/q/Jewelry-Gems-Minerals-689/PALLADIUM-VS-PLATINUM-RINGS.htm

I thought this was interesting that jewelers could sell a palladium ring without telling what percentage of the ring was actually palladium or other metals..hmmm….interesting..

Post # 18
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1074 posts
Bumble bee

@malbec: Do you know what makes it difficult to resize? Is it just another issue of jewellers being unfamiliar with it or is it something to do with the actual metal itself?

Post # 19
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227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@FutureMrs.Wood: Late to replying here, but I thought I’d let you know that my husband’s ring is palladium, and I was able to just take it to the jeweler and have them buff out the scratches in under five minutes. It was a much easier process than I thought it would be.

For those thinking about palladium, just be aware that it seems to scratch pretty easily. My husband’s ring has scratches on it almost immediately after being buffed.

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