I do a lot of wedding bands in palladium (the Pd 950 alloy from
Hoover & Strong). I have a ring made of this myself and am very happy
with its performance, and I am very hard on rings.
I have some info on metal choices on my website heRe:
including pictures of what the various white metals i use look like
compared to each other.
Personally, I recommend the Pd 950 alloy or 14k palladium white gold
for wedding bands- these are sturdy, pretty non-allergenic, and
metals that are nice to work with (important for my designs).
Argentium is a GREAT sterling, IF people really want sterling.
Argentium has not made my customers happy when they choose it for
price reasons, because it DOES behave like sterling (it gets dinged
up far more easily, for instance). So: if they want silver- then,
yeah, Argentium; if they want white gold or platinum- but can’t
afford it- they are much less likely to be happy with Argentium even
though they themselves chose it because they could afford it more
I’ve done some work with a sterling with 3% Pt, and was not at all
happy with the porosity of the mill goods. H&S’s Pd/sterling is far
better- no porosity!- but I am not convinced it’s worth the premium
over Argentium, though it’s a lovely metal in itself.