(Closed) What metal would you choose? Palladium or white gold or platinum?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Wedding bands- What metal do you prefer- white gold, palladium or platinum?

    White gold

    Palladium

    Platinum

  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee

    I’d go platinum. My set is platinum. It’s great to never get it redipped. Fiance and I prefer the look of platinum over white gold. In Aus at least, it was harder to get platinum resized – I ended up having a really good jeweller attach a sleeve inside it instead (I had a nightmare time when another jeweller ruined my setting by resizing it, leaving it wonky and with a scar down the back of it… ended up with a new setting)! Platinum is more expensive as well. Platinum and palladium are good for people with allergies too – I always had a funny reaction to gold. Palladium is nice – I have a palladium ring. It’s cheaper and basically the same quality as platinum. It’s lighter than platinum. I hear it can be hard to get a jeweller (at least in Aus) to work with palladium… I’ve never seen it sold here. Since they’ve updated the site, I can’t tell where you’re from, so I might be giving you useless info!  

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 6 months ago by  FemShepN7.
    Post # 17
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    My er is platinum but think we are going with palladium for my wedding ring as I would like diamonds in it and in platinum it’s just too expensive. My best friend works in a jewellers and said palladium is fine to wear with platinum, just don’t wear white gold with platinum or palladium. 

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My engagement ring is platinum, and my wedding band is a mix of white and rose gold. The white gold is an unplated palladium alloy, so no redipping required. 

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

    I spent ages agonising over this. I like the colour of platinum and the fact it doesn’t need to be dipped, and the weight feels makes the ring feel sturdy. But on the flip side in some rings I felt the weight was too much, and I really don’t like the patina it gets over time. In the end I picked white gold because it stays shiney even though I’ll need to get it dipped once in a while. Plus the rings I’m getting are quite deep so I thought platinum would make them feel heavier than I would like.

    i think white gold is a good choice if the chemical make up of your skin doesnt rub the plating off quickly. Cost wasn’t really an issue for us, I just didn’t want my ring to look scratched!

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee

    Ok, well we recently custom designed my engagement ring. It has a 1.7mm band so it is very dainty and thin. I asked the lady about having my ring made in platinum and she actually wanted to advise me against it.

    Platinum is a great metal for thicker settings yet for something as thin and delicate as mine it’d be more difficult to make the ring look as elegant as it could look in white gold, especially since i’m having diamonds within the band and they are only held in by prongs as there’s no border around the diamonds within the band & halo.

    I hope this makes as much sense as it did in my head LOL!

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

    I thought I wanted platinum until I saw my mother’s beautiful ring developing a very noticeable patina. She’s been remarried for nearly 5 years and her ring is very dull in some spots already, despite her being very gentle to it. From what I have been told, once platinum becomes dull there is no easy or cheap way to fix it. I know some folks prefer that look though! 

    Personally, I went with white gold. I like that my skin is non-reactive to it and that rhodium dips are easy to get when needed. In fact, many jewelers will include them in your maintenance plan very affordably! 

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    wvlefty:  “once platinum becomes dull there is no easy or cheap way to fix it”

    You just take it to the jeweler and get it polished.

    Post # 24
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I made the choice of palladium – because I didn’t want to have to keep getting white gold redipped. Palladium has the same properties as platinum, but is lighter and much cheaper, although a (very) little more grey. I don’t think my rings have gotten dull at all, but they obviously don’t stay mirror polished. As long as you have a jeweller that can work with palladium, getting them re-sized if neccessary is simple, and mine always gives my rings a quick clean a polish when I go in.

    Post # 25
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Both my rings are palladium, and I am very happy with it! Cost wise it was cheaper than other options, and it holds up really well. My e-ring, which I’ve been wearing everyday for 15 months now, looks just as good as the first month I had it.

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

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    Jabberwocky:  Ah, thank you for letting me know. 🙂 I was told by the jeweler selling me FI’s band that it took a lot more effort than that and it would never be as shiny. I took her word for it because the platinum band I was looking at was nearly twice as much as the white gold option- I figured a commissioned salesperson would have no reason to talk me into a less expensive option. She was newer than the other jewelers though, maybe it was a mistake on her part? 

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My ering is platinum, for allergy and durability reasons. I would have been ok with palladium, but I too have had jewelers say that platinum is better for prong set stones. My wedding band will be platinum as well. I didn’t think I would care, but I have to say I love the weight. My FSIL’s white gold set feels like costume jewelry compared to my ering.

    I’ve had my ering for 15 months and I had it buffed just a few weeks ago because I like it super shiny. It took 5 minutes and it was free!

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee

    White gold for the following reasons:

    • Cost effective; 
    • Lighter weight than platinum; and
    • Holds stones better than platinum (as told to me by my jeweler).

    At the end of the day, it’s really just a personal choice. Six of one, half dozen of the other. 

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

    Platinum wedding band, palladium engagement ring… The ering shows less wear because it is knife edge.  I love the weight of the platinum better though. 

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