(Closed) White gold vs. Platinum vs. palladium

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
9877 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My whole set is platinum and I’ve had it over 2 years. I’ve never had any issues with scratching, but my ring has a lot of stones across the top, not bare metal. It may be more noticable with a solitaire type setting, but I’m not sure.

DH’s ring is palladium. Still looks brand new, but a lot of jewelers won’t/can’t work with it so if you need it resized ever that could be an issue. Very similar in appearance to my platinum rings.

The hypoallergenic white gold uses palladium instead of nickel for the white color I believe. It would need to be redipped, but the frequency really depends on your own body chemistry/wear and tear.

Post # 3
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Platinum or bust! I love how heavy and strong it is. And while it does scratch (like every metal) it just redistributes, it doesn’t actually lose metal like gold does. It’s stronger and more durable but softer if that makes sense. There’s a reason many many vintage rings that are still in wearable shape are platinum! I would never consider white gold because of the re dipping thing. 

Post # 4
978 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm

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MsElle:  I’m in the same boat as you, I was diagnosed with a nickel allergy when I was little after a horrible reaction from my new earrings. I’ve decided to go with palladium for a couple of reasons. For one, it seems to have all the advantages of platinum without the expense. I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on metal when I could be putting that extra money towards a nice diamond. Many jewelers have been pushing the nickel free version of white gold on me, but honestly, I just don’t trust it. I can’t tell you how many pieces of jewelry I have sitting upstairs that were supposed to be nickel free that I still ended up getting a reaction from. Because my skin is super super sensitive, someone suggested that it’s possible that I have more than just a nickel allergy, that I may have sensitivities to other metals as well. I feel like going with palladium is my safest option BC of this possibility. Plus the upkeep on white gold is less than appealing. 

One jeweler mentioned to me the difficulty in resizing a palladium ring, but because the setting I’ve picked out is super simple and inexpensive, it would still be cheaper to just replace the entire setting down the road if it no longer fits, than it would be to buy platinum. 

Post # 5
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’ve had my palladium rings for 4 years now, and the metal is perfect for me. I needed hypoallergenic due to a nickle allergy. I didn’t want to have to deal with re-dipping hite gold and I didn’t want the uncomfortable weight of platinum. Palladium gets me a metal that will never be re-dipped that is also light enough to feel comfortable on my finger.

The only downside is that most jewelers do not have the equipment in house to work on palladium. sdince my rings were custom pieces from a local jeweler, that isn’t a problem for me. I take them back once every 6 months for a prong check and shining. When I needed sizing beads put in because I lost weight, they did it at no charge. And when I eventually get them resized after we are done having babies, I’ll take them back to our jeweler for that work, too.

Post # 7
1243 posts
Bumble bee

We went with white gold for my rings. Platinum is gorgeous, but like you mentioned, adds a lot of cost. Also, our jeweler said it’s downsides, gold holds on to gemstones better than other metals. Depend on what kind of setting you’re going for, this may or may  not be a consideration.

Post # 8
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I went with platinum because of a nickel allergy and the ring I wanted wasn’t available in nickel-free white gold. It’s a big cost difference, but I love my ring. I don’t think it’s too heavy and I don’t have any issues with scratching

Post # 9
67 posts
Worker bee

We went with white gold partly because of cost and partly because I prefer the look of not-newly-shined white gold to the look of not-newly-shined platinum.  Some people love the patina that platinum gets between polishings, though!  

Post # 10
3163 posts
Sugar bee

Platinum all the way for reasons mentioned by a PP. But you’d have the like platinum in it’s own right to choose it because it is unique in the way it patinas and wears. I guess looking at my e ring there are some very faint scratches but seriously they’re nothing you would notice and i like them and feel comforted knowing the metal isn’t being actually scratched off 

Post # 11
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Some white gold ends up becoming yellowish over time. My SIL has a platinum e-ring and a white gold wedding band, and just a year later the difference in color is very visible. 

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