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Palladium vs. Tunsgten vs. Silver

So, I looked back through the archives and could find various posts about wedding bands, but none that compared various metals.  I am starting to price wedding bands, and I want to get a metal that is resilient.  My FH does ATM repair and installation so he works with his hands a lot.  I am a clutz and dont want to spend money on a ring I will scratch to hell the moment I put it on.
What are the various opinions here about Palladium, Tunsgton or Silver rings?  Platinum is too expensive for us.  I need something cost effective but something that will last.
Thanks so much in advance!!

edit:  Which, out of these three do you think is the best choice?  Is there a choice I am missing?



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Oct. 10th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
You're missing out on Titanium. It will not lose it's shape and many places have anti-scratch treaments for it. We got my husband's titanium ring from The Original Titanium Workshop.

Silver is a bad idea, as silver's a very soft metal and deforms easily. It's not something you should wear on your hand as a piece of daily jewelry if you're rough on it.

Edited at 2008-10-10 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I can't help with comparisons, but I can give you my experience with tungsten. My husband has a tungsten band and he loves it. We got it at a chain jewelry store (Zales or Kay, can't remember right now) for a couple hundred I believe. The salesperson explained to us that we could pay an extra $50 (I think) for the service plan, and he highly recommended it. See, they can't resize tungsten rings, so in the case that it doesn't fit anymore, you have to get another one. We did pay the extra $50 and my husband did end up needing a different size, so we got a new one for free pretty much! He's a mechanic on submarines, so he works with his hands a lot, and his ring still looks perfect. It's laser engraved and looks like this:
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Tungsten for us too. From Zales. No interest, no payment when I signed up for their credit card. Also got the lifetime guarantee. My hubby works with his hands now and then and Tungsten doesn't bend, it breaks so that was important for him. I don't want him catching his ring, therefore hurting (or removing) his finger.
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thats wonderful! We want to get something with some sort of engraving or celtic knotwork on it. Thanks for the pic.
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
My wedding band has celtic designs, so his actually compliments it well. I want to say we got it at Zales, and when we were there about a month ago they still had it.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
I believe my ring is (reclaimed) palladium. I think it scratches kind of easy, not big scratches, but I notice it. I can't really compare it to any other metals though, so maybe all bands get scratched up. Our jeweler said that platinum is better, but way more expensive. He didn't push it or really even sell it. I know that he also only uses gold in yellow gold, not white. There is one kind of metal that can't be cut with metal cutters-- like if your hubby got hurt and they needed to take it off in the ER. I can't remember what it is and I don't think it is that common...
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
There is currently no metal used in jewelry that cannot be removed in an ER. That is an urban legend and also a myth that many jewelry stores use to try to get people to buy platinum because it's more expensive. Sadly, it's perpetuated.

Titanium is commonly the one people claim cannot be cut, but that's not true, as it CAN be cut using a standard jewelry saw. It simply takes a tiny bit longer than gold.

Tungsten cannot be cut, but it can be shattered in a vise (it's brittle).

There are not any exotic metals used in wedding bands that cannot somehow be removed using methods ERs are trained in.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
yeah, they can cut it off in the ER. jewelers that say that are LYING. and it's one of my biggest pet peeves.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I don't fully believe it either. I didn't mean to offend you.
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, you didn't offend me. I just wanted to make sure no one gets misinformed, that's all :)
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
FWIW - I wasn't offended either!!!!
Oct. 10th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Just as a side note: I work at a Renaissance Faire and our safety team assures all of us that no amount of steel boning, heavy fabric, or even plate armor (our jousters wear full armor) will stop their EMT shears.

If medical professionals can cut through metal plate armor and chain mail, I think they can deal with a wedding band no problem.
Oct. 10th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have heard this a few places, but like other stories that probably aren't true, there are never any specific details :) Hubby had a friend at work that told him he had a ring like that. So who knows :)
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Maille and plate are generally made from mild steel (or at least, they should be to be historically accurate...) which can be cut with pliers up to certain thickness gauges.

Corset boning is more of a problem because it's hardened steel, but that just means it needs bolt cutters. And there's always the fabric gaps in between at attack with scissors :)
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
But if you're gonna cut me outta my corset, it had *BETTER* be life-threatening!

I hear you, though. Was at a hockey game where one of my teammates was carted off in an ambulance, and despite her injuries, she threatened the EMTs with serious bodily harm if they cut off her equipment...
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
*LOL* I hear you!

We have a couple of really big re-enactment events that run every year or second year, and we have actually trained the local hospital that if someone comes in injured then they will always cut the laces/ strapping on armour/ boots/ gloves etc to remove it, unless it's seriously life-threatening. Which is rarely is, our insurance company deems us less of a risk then amature football teams *L*
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
There is currently no metal used in jewelry that cannot be removed in an ER. That is an urban legend and also a myth that many jewelry stores use to try to get people to buy platinum because it's more expensive. Sadly, it's perpetuated.

Last time I was in the ER, I was sitting next to a guy with a tungsten ring on a horribly swollen finger. He was really depressed that he was going to have to lose his finger because "you can't cut through tungsten". I told him I thought he'd be fine, and sure enough, he came back out with his wedding band broken and his finger intact :) Urban legends are weird, eh?
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
My husband has a tungsten ring and LOVES it. It has a silver inlay, but we knew it would get scratched so it actually looks really cool with a matte silver inlay with shiny tungsten. He is an odd job carpenter/do-it-your-self-er and has yet to do any damage to it. Just make sure you get the right size, and maybe a little snug, because they can't re-size.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Another alternative is titanium. My fiance's ring is from www.boonerings.com, and I hear they are a hard metal and very durable.

Oct. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Titanium is hard, but it DOES scratch, unless you get a coating on it. That's the trick. My husband's band is uncoated titanium and has a bunch of tiny scratches, but he actually likes the scratches since he thinks it gives is authenticity. Silly man :)
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
i've heard that white gold scratches less easily than platinum metals, even though platinum is harder.

i have a platinum e-ring and a palladium band, and both have little scratches on them.

hubby has titanium, and his has scratches too.

i'd say - you will scratch any metal you get. you can just go into a jeweler and they can plate your ring with rhodium to remove the scratches and make it shiny again.

i'd suggest palladium or white gold. white gold needs to be re-plated periodically anyway (because it starts to lose its whiteness and turn a bit yellow).
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
p.s. don't get silver. if resilient is what you want, silver is the furthest thing from that. it is a very soft metal. you can bend a silver ring (or break one) with your own hands. it tarnishes, too.
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
My jeweller told me that white gold and platinum will scratch up about the same, however white gold will gouge (ie. the metal is still all there, but the shape has moved), whereas platinum will chip because it's harder.
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Tungsten doesn't scratch!
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I think (though I'm not 100% sure), but tungsten is a very durable, scratch resistant band, though I believe that tungsten cannot be resized, so you may want to take that into consideration.

Also, two other points... I know you can get white gold bands that have a 'brushed' finish, therefore they won't be so glossy, and any little scratches wont appear as much.

And, depending on where you buy your ring (mine is from People's in Canada [not sure if there is a People's in the US?]), but my lifetime warantee includes unlimited redipping. I can have it redipped, and then all the scratches are gone and it looks brand new. Larger chain jewelry stores should have this kind of service available. :)
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have palladium. cheaper than platinum, doesn't need re-plating like white gold. stirling silver is not strong enough for a ring that will be worn every day.
Oct. 10th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Palladium is supposed to be amazing. More affordable than platinum, but almost the exact same qualities - platinum just has that 'bling' factor. I think it's definitely worth looking into!
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
My FH's ring is tungsten, and he loves it. It was $35 on Ebay and the thing is practically indestructible.
Oct. 10th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
We have Palladium bands, and they're lovely, but mark pretty easily. I've already had mine rebrushed once.

14k white gold is probably the most durable of the "white" metals, save for titanium. I have pieces I've had for 15 years, that have never been redipped and haven't marked up at all.
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
My husband is very hard on his hand - he is in the army in a combat MOS - and he is happy with his plain white gold band.
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Tungsten is the most durable metal--even more so than titanium or stainless steel. Generally, you have to scratch tungsten with more tungsten, or diamonds...so it's unlikely that he'll scratch it in his day-to-day wheelings and dealings.

Palladium is an excellent metal, with all the properties of platinum, except the heavy weight and price. The major differences between Palladium and Tungsten is the much whiter color (Tungsten has a more gunmetal gray color), and the ability to scratch. Fortunately, you can take it to a reputable jeweler and they should be able to easily buff out any scratches. Really, the question is: Which color of metal does your fiance prefer on his skin?

I think they're both excellent choices, and are both metals that are made to withstand the test of time. It's just a matter of how much maintenance you want to put into it in terms of appearance.
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
We got our tungsten carbide bands off ebay for about $25 each - with shipping!
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
My wedding bands are silver, and the ring I wear as my engagement ring is silver too. Silver is my favourite metal, and I don't see the point in spending extra money to buy something that looks like silver (white gold or platinum) when silver is what I want.

My grandmother's wedding band is silver and it's done her just fine with daily wear for 50 years :) If you polish silver regularly, it looks beautiful.
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