|Palladium or White Gold for Puzzle Ring Bridal Sets?|
|This is counterintuitive, but the white precious metal you get your puzzle engagement ring in NOW will depend upon the type of wedding band you ultimately wish to place with the ring LATER.
Okay, I know, you’re not even engaged yet, so how do you know what kind of wedding band the two of you will ultimately want? Relax, this isn’t about choosing a style, it’s about choosing a kind of band.
Even though it may be a tad early in your decision making process, this is important enough that I need you to give this some thought!
Here are different types of wedding bands and the metal choices you have for the puzzle ring, so the two rings will match in color.
Further down on this page, you can read about WHY we don’t recommend 14K white gold for all puzzle ring bridal sets.
|Celtic wedding band in any style||Palladium or platinum|
|Traditional poesy wedding ring in any style||14K white gold or platinum|
|Custom poesy ring in any style||Palladium or platinum|
|Single or dual shadow bands, with or without embellishment||Palladium or platinum|
|Plain wedding band, whether domed (shown) or flat||Palladium or platinum|
|Any style of wedding band from any other jeweler||Palladium or platinum|
Recommended White Metals
14K White Gold
Custom poesy rings
Custom shadow bands
Wedding rings from
any other source
All rings from any source
Why Not 14K White Gold for Every White Metal Bridal Set?
|Those Bright White Gold Engagement Rings in Jewelry Stores . . .
are that color because white gold rings are all plated with rhodium, a platinum-family metal that is used “jewelry industry-wide” to bring conformity to a metal that is not, well, naturally white.*
But rhodium tends to wear off with wear,
So what is exactly is Palladium?
A green choice
What’s the difference between Palladium and Platinum?
And what about the forums online where jewelers complain about Palladium?
1. Fact: According to the Palladium Alliance International, the main industry group for the use of palladium in jewelry, palladium has been used since 1939 in jewelry, but it never had an industry group, so it did not enjoy wide acceptance. Then in about 2004, there was a big push to encourage jewelers to use palladium. Unfortunately, there was a large, badly alloyed batch that was put on the market, and many jewelers tried it and had a bad experience. They have never tried it again. Meantime, the alloy problem was resolved, and those jewelers who have gone on to use it have experienced great success. Low demand for palladium keeps the price low, so far, anyway!
2. Fact: Some people say it is hard to work with, but here is the truth about it. Both palladium and platinum are a dream to work with for folks who hand-fabricate jewelry, such as our hand-woven puzzle rings. It is relatively soft and malleable to work with, but it has that wonderful quality of work-hardening with wear, which means that for the buyer, it only becomes more durable with wear. (And trust me when I say relatively soft and malleable. If you or I hold a white gold ring and a palladium ring in our hands, right after they have been made, we will not be able to tell the difference in the hardness. This is an issue only relevant to the people making the jewelry pieces. But over the years, palladium and platinum jewelry do not wear away the way gold jewelry does.) The truth is that it is more difficult to cast both platinum and palladium, but there are jewelers (such as Crystal Realm’s custom jeweler who makes our custom-fit, contour bands) that specialize in casting platinum and palladium with great success, so the difficulty in casting palladium and platinum are of no concern to you, the buyer. You only have to enjoy the finished product.
3. Speculation: I can’t say this for sure, but it stands to reason that some jewelers who have always worked with platinum and are used to the high prices it commands may not like a similar metal that is much more reasonably priced for their clients. Could it be that these jewelers “trash talk” palladium?
14K gold is 58.5% gold, 41.5% other metals
These alloys make the product stronger, so 14K gold is much stronger than 24K, and it is even stronger than 18K. (We only make puzzle rings in 14K gold, for its strength.)
When you want to make 14K white gold, the alloyed metals need to not only make the gold stronger, but they need to reduce the color from yellow to white. It is not possible to make 14K gold with any alloys that will make the resulting product a pure, bright white.
Another little known fact is that each manufacturer of gold has its own formula for metal alloys, so the 14K white gold from one manufacturer will have a slightly different hue from that of another.
To make all white golds a uniform bright white gold, the platinum-famly metal, rhodium, is used to plate them.
Once again, we do not plate white gold puzzle rings, so we recommend that, if you want a white metal puzzle ring or bridal set (other than a traditional poesy set), you order palladium or platinum.
If you are certain she will only wear the puzzle ring and not pair it with a band, then, of course, 14K white gold is perfectly appropriate.