Post # 1
Which did you choose for your rings? What lead you to that choice? I am about to start my custom e-ring upgrade ( SQUEEE!!) and need to decide. I have white gold right now and it looks fine, never had to have it dipped. But I worry if I get my new ring made in white gold it will need to be dipped and my jewelr is not local so it will be a hassle.
Post # 3
I opted for white gold because I love the look and I’m not a fan of patina (though some love it). But I also won’t mind if mine yellows, it’s fine.
Post # 4
My ring is platinum (it was my grandmother’s) and I love how it looks. My DH’s is palladium, since we didn’t want to shell out for platinum for him. It looks really nice (IMO) but I do think the color is a bit darker than mine, despite what they say about palladium being just as white.
Post # 5
@mixtapehearts: I’d suggest talking to a local jeweler to get advice for the metals matching etc. Most would be willing to give advice and probably it would help making your decision. I’m a yellow gold girl, so I can’t give any advice from personal experience.
Post # 6
All three have their pros and cons!
White gold is less expensive, looks great, less likely to scratch, but needs to be dipped and some people have allergic reactions to it.
Palladium is around the same price as gold, looks and acts pretty close to platinum. Is much lighter than platinum, but develops a patina and is hypoallergenic, doesn’t need to be dipped and stronger than gold. It can be hard to find a jeweler to work with it currently (although that is changing)
Platinum is the most expensive and the heaviest. It develops a patina, is hypoallergenic, doesn’t need to be dipped and is strong.
My rings are 18k yellow gold with platinum prongs. I picked yellow gold mostly because I love the color.
Post # 7
my husband picked platinum over white gold cause he liked the weight of it.
Post # 8
What exactly is a patina? I am leaning towards pallidum, but with no real reason why.
Post # 9
I chose platinum… Obviously no because of the price but mostly for the weight and look.
Post # 10
Fiance picked out white gold and I love it.
Post # 11
I picked white gold because I actually like the way it ages. I’m not a huge fan of the patina for myself. however, I do like the weight of platinum
Post # 12
I can’t wear white gold anymore, as I am allergic to both nickel AND palladium, but do you have the option of either going with Stuller X1 white alloy or a palladium-gold alloy? Both are much whiter and do not need plating at all. Lots of manufacturers/designers work with these now, especially with palladium, due to nickel allergies and restrictions in EU on nickel content.
I don’t like platinum colour/patina, and palladium is similar for me, but it does stay shiny longer. It is lighter than 14k though. I also can’t wear it, ha ha.
Here are my old 18k palladium white gold rings (unplated):
Glamour shots & real life picture (semi-overcast sunlight).
(Sorry the sapphire is a little dirty with a fingerprint in that last pic!).
For reference, the prongs/head is platinum.
The rings are a couple years old now and STILL have that very shiny appearance!
Post # 14
I chose white gold. I have a white gold ring I’ve worn daily for 4 years now and I’ve never had to worry about having it redipped. It shows no yellowing at ALL even where it’s most “worn” (underside, inside, etc.). I beat the thing to death since it’s not a special ring like an e-ring. It’s still QUITE shiny. My e-ring will also be white gold.
Post # 15
We chose platinum, mainly because I had white gold in the past and wanted something entirely new and different. Also had round cut diamond in the past and now have princess cut. I have noticed that platinum seems to get scratched a little bit more than the white gold did, but maybe that’s just my perception. The patina is the same as when new, but I’ve only had it for three months.
Post # 16
I chose Palladium. Lots of people urged me to go to platinum because it is easier to find jewelers to work on it, and because of the reputation of platinum; but I came to realize that those who urged me against palladium had either never owned it, or had no legitimate reason (IMHO) not to get it.
Don’t have my ring yet, but I’m sure I’ll love it (it’s a semi-custom signature design). I mainly chose palladium because I didn’t want to the metal loss associated with gold, and because I couldn’t justify paying almost $600 more for platinum.