(Closed) What is your opinion on this setting? Opinions on palladium also please!!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Beautiful! I don’t have palladium, I have white gold, but if I had to choose again I would probably choose palladium. It really does seem to be the best of both worlds. The only possible thing is I’ve heard it looks and feels slightly different from white gold, so you might want to try on a palladium ring to make sure you love it!

Post # 4
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Halos aren’t really my jam but I like the split shank. I have a palladium Ritani setting and I love it. Absolutely no allergy problems even though my allergies are so bad my friends joke I should live in a bubble. I also really like the heft of it as well, platinum feels too heavy to me, but palladium is super similar to gold.

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’ve been rocking my palladium for 3+ years and am thrilled with the metal choice. The only issue you may encounter with palladium is if you ever want to get work done on it later. Many, if not most, jewelers do not have the equipment to work with palladium. So if you want to get it re-sized, need prong work, etc. it may be difficult to find a jeweler to do the work. That wasn’t an issue for us, as we had a local jeweler custom make my ring in palladium, so we know we already have a jeweler for any future work on it.

As a PP noted, palladium is light, like gold. If you want the heft of platinum, then palladium is not the right metal for you. I chose it exactly because it is so light. The weight of platinum is very uncomfortable to me. Like you, I have a metal allergy. Our jeweler offered to alloy gold with palladium if we wanted a white gold instead (my allergy is to nickle), but I prefer the look of straight palladium to the look of gold alloyed with palladium.

Post # 7
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have a palladium ringtone hat I really like. The metal is more gray than white gold, but not noticeable. It took me a long time to find a jeweler who would work on it, but when I did, I really liked them. I like that I never have to get it redipped. I have really acidic skin and my white gold looks buttery in a matter of weeks, so palladium is a good fit for me. 

Post # 8
3101 posts
Sugar bee

@Nena16:  I think solitaires look best without a split shank, but other than that, it’s pretty.

I have palladium and I love it.  No complaints here!

Post # 9
1634 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have palladium.  It saved a couple hundred vs going with platinum. We definitely didn’t want white gold because often you hear the white gold turns yellow.

I have had my rings for 3.5 years now and they still look great. My husband’s band is also palladium.

Post # 10
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I absolutely love it!

Post # 12
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

my entire set is palladium. ive had many white gold sets over the years and they were pretty but when the yellow started to come through it really tweaked at my ocd. i would have rather had unplated white gold. anyway very happy with my palladium rings. love the color and they are durable. been wearing mine for a year now.

Post # 13
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Nena16:  Oooohhh I love it!!  So pretty!

I can’t post pictures from work, but I have a palladium e ring – double round halo, split shank.  I love it.  It’s so light – my ring in platinum would have been much heavier.

The only real negative I can give is what a PP said – getting any work done on it in the future can be difficult, but certainly not impossible.  My ring is from a lab created company online, so to keep the warranty we have to send it back to them to get anything done with it, but when I first got it I had decided to void the warranty and get a spacer/butterfly put inside instead of resizing it (I had heard that palladium rings become less structurally sound after resizing) and called around to no less than 20 jewelry stores in the DC area…and couldn’t find a single one would do the work.

I’ve heard that smaller, family-owned jewelry stores that specialize in vintage jewelry tend to be able to work on palladium though!

Post # 14
8429 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@Nena16:  I had a palladium e-ring and didn’t like it. I got to choose again and chose white gold this time and I’m much happier. I love that setting you chose, but palladium is soft, so it’s not the best for halos and pave. If you bang it on something and accidentally hit a prong, it can break and you’ll lose your stone.

I also don’t care for the dark pewter grey color of palladium.

Here’s are some pics with the flash on so you can see the difference in metal colors.

Top palladium:

Bottom white gold (14k):

Post # 15
2685 posts
Sugar bee

That ring is very pretty.  Seems like it would be a good compromise between a solitaire and something more sparkly.  I have a palladium engagement ring and I love it.  I have been wearing it for over a year and it looks just as nice as the day I received it.  I am also not very easy on my jewelry, so I’m glad that Fiance picked something a little more durable.  Agree with PP’s that it is more difficult to find jewelers who can work on palladium.  FI bought the ring from a local jeweler so this won’t be an issue for us, but it could have been if we had purchased online without researching ahead of time.  

Post # 16
1311 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not a fan of halos but my opinion doesn’t matter, because what’s important is that you and your boyfriend like it, and it’s a great compromise!

I was seriously considering palladium at one point because SO and I aren’t into white gold, but I prefer the heft of platinum and the lighter colour, so I think that’s what we’re going to get.

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