(Closed) So confused about platinum and palladium… Need some help :)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@JustLove25:  Palladium would be an excellent choice for you. I don’t know who told you that it or platinum can be very malleable – not at all.

I have palladium and am VERY happy with it – I like the lighter weight than platinum, no risk of nickel/alloy allergies like with white gold, and the price was a bonus. I think based on what is important to you, palladium would be excellent.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Basically I want something white that doesn’t need re-plating… affordable and can stay strong without any maintenance.


You are describing palladium.  I love my palladium e-ring and found a plain palladium band pretty easily.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Okay, Palladium is harder to mine than Platinum, so the rarest of the two metals. However, Platinum is about 5% stronger than Palladium, and depending on the mm size of your band, and the size of your stone, Palladium *is* prone to breakage. Palladium should keep it’s beautiful white color as it ages, and Platinum will require a replating as it gets older. 

As long as you don’t get a super skinny band with a big rock, I think Palladium is a good choice.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Platinum and palladium are both softer than gold, so both are more likey to warp.  Both will patina, some say pd patinas more slowly however.  I prefer platum for the heft, and because every jeweler will work on it.  NOT every jeweler will work with pd, and if it is worke wrong, it will become brittle.

19k white gold of X1 white gold does not need replating.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jcent:  this info is wrong. Platinum and palladium are substantially stronger than gold. Check the Mohs ratings. I don’t know where people are getting this misinformation. Even on gold rings, the prongs are often platinum because it is harder.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

my ring is white gold with a palladium mix instead of the Nickel. I like it so far. 

ETA: I have 18k white gold

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@NAvery:  
I found a good explaination somewhere about it:

“Metal, as is all matter, is made up of molecules. If you were to strike a piece of platinum really hard, it gives; the densely packed molecules simply get shoved around. Your ring might get bent out of shape, but all the molecules are still there. The original weight is retained. Gold is alloyed with different metals to make it harder, i.e., karat gold. If you strike a piece of 14K or 18K gold, it is too hard to give under the pressure. Therefore, you literally knock off microscopic scraps of the metal. Over time with wear and tear, enough of the molecules of gold have been knocked off so that it is no longer the original weight.

It seems counterintuitive, but that’s why the softer platinum is actually safer for diamond jewelry. Many jewelers recommend platinum prongs to hold down diamonds. If you were to strike your ring really hard, the prongs might get bent out of shape, but they’ll likely still hang on to your diamond. All you have to do is take it to the jeweler to get them reshaped. If they were gold prongs that were struck really hard, perhaps they would just snap off and your diamond would go flying! I don’t think it’s a likely scenario, but anyways, there’s the explanation.

There is a difference between STRONGER and HARDER, platinum is stronger because it is softer.”

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@elle_z:  I have a 100 year old family platinum ring that had never been replated.

I’m not sure what you mean, it’s the first time I’ve heard of replating platinum.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have palladium and love it! I wanted something that didnt need to be dipped, was strong, and was lighter than platinum! It was more expensive than the gold option, but cheaper than the Platinum and totally worth it!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

No, it is not wrong.  Platinum is more duable, and will not scratch off or flake away, but is softer.  You are looking at 24k, 100% gold.  Pure metal will be softer.  Platinum is 95% pure, therefore it is going to be much softer than gold, that at best will be 75% gold…25% other alloys make gold stronger.  But often just 57% gold…

And prongs are often done in platinum yes, beause platinum is more durable.  It also has no memory or springiness, meaning it will not snap back into old position during setting.  So you can set precious stones with less effort and force.  As well, because it is softer, should you hit a prong, you are less likely to break the break the prong and lose the stone.  The platinum will just bend.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

@MrsJenBee:  you beat me to it 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jcent:  Ack, so sorry, I take it back! Hanging my head in shame 🙂

Either way, OP – any of them are a great choice for wedding jewelry!!

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