Firstly, apologies if you have been repeatedly asked these questions.I have an 18K white gold engagement ring and thankfully to date, I have had no problems with it turning yellow.However, I am a nurse and not able to wear my ring for work.My partner and I get married next year and I am in the process of considering wedding bands.
Given the problems with white gold, I wanted to ask your opinion on Palladium? I am able to wear a plain wedding band for work and given the frequent hand washing and use of alcohol gel, in your opinion would Palladium be more hard wearing?Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards, Lu
Although I’m not a huge fan of mixing metals in a wedding set – a palladium wedding band to wear at work is, I think, a great idea.
Both palladium and platinum are white metals that are not usually plated – so there is no color difference as the rings wear to worry about. White gold is an alloy of gold (yellow) and other metals that are added to “bleach” the color out – but it is impossible to bleach all the yellow color out of the alloy – although some higher quality alloys do come pretty close. To make the white gold alloy appear whiter the jewelry is often plated with rhodium or occasionally with palladium or platinum. When the plating begins to wear off and the actual slightly yellowish color of the white gold alloy begins to show it is often confused with or referred to the metal “changing” color.
Both palladium and platinum are durable long lasting metals and many customers assume that means that both are also very hard. In actuality both metals are relatively soft and scratch and bend easier than white gold alloys which tend to be harder and stiffer.Over time both metals develop a nice unique patina to them that I find attractive – but not everyone would agree.
The other advantages to palladium and platinum are the most common alloy is 95% pure (there are newer lower quality alloys being produced so it is important to check) and both are hypoallergenic – perfect for a nurse.I hope I’ve been helpful – if you have any further questions please feel free to ask.