Post # 1
Hi everyone! I think I have decided on the ring (round stone with halo and pave setting) I want and will attach a photo- but it comes in 14ct white gold or 950 palladium and I cant decide which would be a better choice for me. I am a medical student, and will be a doctor next year so I think I would rather have the stronger metal palladium because my ring will take a lot of abuse with frequent handwashing. Also, palladium wouldnt have to be redipped every year to prevent yellowing like white gold does. However, I have read that palladium develops a greyish patina after a while, and Im worried it wouldnt be very easy to buff or polish because is is an intricate ring. I want my ring to stay shiny and white, but would like it to be as low maintenance and as durable as possible. Which one do you think I should choose? Any advice about this? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d say do the palladium. I found a ring that I fell in love with, but with my engagement ring … it was REALLY really big. But, I loved it!
I’m not a flashy person and I’m very rough on my jewelry because I constantly use my hands (and am clumsy) so i knew that the ring wouldn’t be feasible simply due to constant worrying and fixing, etc. I’ll be wearing that thing forever, I really don’t want to have to constantly worry about it, etc.
Believe me, you can keep it the palladium for 10 yrs and when you renew it, if you’re ready for a gold band, you’ll change it up then. You never know! 🙂
Post # 4
I’m personally a fan of white gold- that’s what mine is. Re-dipping it makes it look brand new so any wear and tear will no longer show. And, it’s pretty cheap to do that. highly recommend it!
Post # 5
I would go with the palladium. The hand sanitizer in hospitals wears down rhodium plating extra fast (I’m in my last year of med school too!). Is there a reason you’re not considering platinum? Because it has a bit of give, the tiny prongs on the pave are less likely to break if you bang it on something, so you’re at a lower risk of losing stones (or so I hear)!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t do platinum if you’re rough with your hands. It dents really easily and the dents can’t be fixed without remaking the ring. I guess in this instance I would actually go with 14k gold because even if the rhodium wears down every 3 months, you can get it replated to look like new, and 14k is tougher than the platinum metals.
Post # 7
Well here’s the thing: Palladium is naturally whiter than white gold, but it scratches easily. White gold has a natural yellow tint which can be made whiter with rhodium plating. So given that you are going to be rough with your ring, I think that symphony has the right idea in that redipping the ring will help you “renew” the ring periodically and keep it whiter/newer looking.
On the other hand, it seems like a bit of an uphill battle to demand that your ring be shiny and new for the long haul (although when you’re first engaged, who doesn’t want their ring to be shiny and new?), especially if you have a hands-on job, so just to put this out there, perhaps you also want to weigh in which metal ages better to you as a factor, since at the end of the day, your ring will age, no matter what.