(Closed) Ring advice?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think that the way the price of gold is going, unless it drops – that platinum is a good bet.  It used to be much more expensive than gold, but right now if I’m not mistaken it’s cheaper or the same price.  The bonus with platinum is that it doesn’t yellow over time like white gold does.  You wouldn’t need to have it redipped or polished.  As far as durability goes, white gold is really strong too, you wouldn’t have to worry like you do with silver.

 

EDIT – I have a diamond, I actually didn’t even know what a moissy was until I already was engaged and on here.  From what I’ve read though, they look great, and if you’re not caught up on having a diamond, they seem like a good bet!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

How about palladium? Same properties as platinum (hypoallergenic, naturally white/never needs rhodium plating, scratches can be buffed out without losing metal, etc.), but more lightweight and way less expensive! The only con I can think of is that, from what I’ve read, many jewelers are unfamiliar with it and hesitant to work with it.

I don’t have my ring yet, but it will be palladium with a peridot stone. It’s sentimental (SO has bought me peridot jewelry in the past), lime green is my favorite color, and I generally prefer the look of colored gemstones in jewelry. I’m a little worried about how it will hold up, since it’s a “softer” stone (6.5-7 on the Mohs scale) but I guess time will tell, and it won’t be expensive to replace if it comes down to it.

I did consider going with Moissy for a while, though. Sounds like Moissy or Asha are right up your alley!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yay for my 100th post!

@Regina Phalange:  +1 palladuim rocks! the look of platinum for a fraction of the cost!

Also if you’re looking for diamond alternatives you should defintely look into moissys! They are super durable, super sparkly, and (in my opnion) wonderful! ORRR if you’re thinking of getting engaged a little later since you should for sure look into the Amora Gem.  It doesn’t come out until 2015 (??) in the US but its supposed to be the best thing ever! 

good luck!

Post # 8
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235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say palladium would be your best bet. It’s got the durability of platinum and never needs replating and it’s more cost effective than platinum.

Personally I went with 14k white gold. I like it, but the main thing you would want to ask yourself if how much it will bother you when the rhodium plating wears off. It bothered me for a while when the e-ring and band didn’t match, but rather than replating the e-ring, I’m choosing to just wait for them both to fade out to the pretty buttery hue of unplated white gold. Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll get them replated as a gift to myself for a special occasion.

As for stones, Darling Husband and I were on a very tight budget at the time and chose to go with lab created white sapphires. Also, really didn’t want a diamond, but I wouldn’t have minded going with moissanite. Maybe someday we’ll upgrade, but for now I’m really very happy with my white sapphire. It’s just as strong as any other sapphire or ruby, just one notch below diamonds on the MOHS scale, and I really like the way it looks. It’s got a unique sheen to it. Some of my relatives thought that I was marrying wealthy because they couldn’t tell the difference (haha… yeah, right). It’s got a whiter glow to it than a diamond and not quite the multicolored fire, but it’s still very pretty.

Good luck on your search!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I have a yellow gold band. I’m allergic to nickle which makes white gold not an option for me. I have a diamond and sapphire setting, and I would say that I think that lab created gemstones are often more beautiful and affordable than natural ones.

Post # 10
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3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m hyper-sensitive to nickle, so white gold was not so much an option and I’m not a huge fan of yellow gold. I went to a local jewler who has a large selection of designer setting and the one I fell in love with just happened to be palladium. It’s actually slightly lighter than white gold, about the same price, and with very similar properties to platinum. Personally my center stone is a green sapphire which is a 9 on the mohs scale, but if you want something with more fire than a white sapphire I would definitely look into moissainte.

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