Why Choose a Palladium ring over a White Gold Ring?
Most people who have purchased a white gold ring did so because they like the fact that gold is a precious metal and they wanted a white color metal for their ring. But white gold is not a true white metal. Think about it…what color is gold when it comes out of the ground? That’s right, it’s yellow! So to make a 14kt white gold ring, the jeweler takes 58% pure gold (remember pure gold is bright yellow) and alloys the pure gold with white metal alloys, like nickel. These alloys “bleach” out the metal leaving it with a slight yellowish color. So white gold is not a true white color like platinum, palladium, silver, titanium or steel.
The last step before the ring makes it into the jewelry store showcase, or in the jewelers’ gift box, is that the ring is then rhodium plated. Rhodium plating the ring makes it look like platinum in color. It’s kind of like chrome plating the bumper on your car. But the rhodium plating wears off after little time, showing the true color of the white gold ring. Of course, you can go to a jeweler and pay to have your ring re-rhodium plated. Average cost is about $30 - $50 to rhodium plate a ring.
But a palladium ring, because the metal is a naturally white precious metal, does not ever need to be rhodium plated. It will stay white forever.
White gold rings have a certain amount of nickel in them. Palladium rings have no nickel in them and are the perfect choice for those with sensitivity to nickel. They are hypoallergenic – unlike white gold rings.
White gold rings come in several purities – 10K is 41% pure gold, 14K is 58% pure gold and 18K is 75% pure gold. But palladium rings are 95% pure. Therefore, palladium rings are much more precious than white gold rings.
Palladium is harder than white gold too, making palladium rings and wedding bands incredibly durable. And because there are no alloys in a palladium ring that can tarnish and cause spotting, these rings are virtually tarnish proof.
Palladium rings have better luster and shine than does a white gold ring. And because the metal holds up to friction better than white gold, a platinum prong will hold up much better and last longer than does a white gold prong. What better to secure your valuable diamonds than a palladium ring?
Palladium can support more intricate designs than white gold can. So for filigree work palladium is the better choice.
Value is another consideration. Even though the price of one ounce of pure gold is more than double the price of palladium, palladium is much rarer than gold. So purchasing a palladium ring now could prove to be a wise decision.
Why Choose a Palladium Ring over a Platinum Ring?
Recently the NY Spot price of platinum went over $2100 per ounce! The last several years however it has traded in the $1500 - $1700 range. In comparison, during the same time period palladium traded in the $500 - $750 range. So a platinum ring will cost several times more than a similar styled palladium ring! Both are rare precious metals that are naturally white, both are generally 95% pure, hypoallergenic and beautiful. But one will cost you a lot more shekels!
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