(Closed) white gold, pallidum or platinum?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What metal did you choose?
    white gold : (54 votes)
    47 %
    pallidum : (19 votes)
    16 %
    platinum : (43 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @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
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
    14569 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    my husband picked platinum over white gold cause he liked the weight of it.

    Post # 9
    1586 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I chose platinum… Obviously no because of the price but mostly for the weight and look.

    Post # 10
    7339 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Fiance picked out white gold and I love it.

    Post # 11
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    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 # 13
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012
    Post # 14
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    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
    9737 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    3400 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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.

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