Hello Orchid friends,
I am recently engaged- yippie! my engagement ring was custom made
with 18k and rhodium plated. what i didn’t know is that in the US
nickle is most commonly used (instead of palladium) for white gold.
i’m hoping my nickle allergy won’t be an issue if i keep up on the
plating. if myself or my fiance had known this, we would have gone
for platinum or ensured that palladium (and not nickle) was used.
i have been considering making our wedding bands but i’ve never
worked with gold (only silver/copper/brass etc). i have taken a
casting class and have considered asking my instructor to help since
i haven’t worked with gold (casting or otherwise). if i were to make
them, i’d like to get white gold w/palladium to avoid allergy issues.
do you think rhodium plating the 18k (w/palladium) will match the
engagement ring? do you think it is worth attempting to making the
i also have been considering going platinum for the bands and making
them from prefabricated half round wire (no casting). this would
avoid any skin allergies i have, but i’m not sure how platinum and
rhodium plated 18k engagement band would look next to each other.
also, as you may have guessed, i’ve never worked with platinum. but
my thinking is that if i don’t have to cast something i might be
do you think it would be too risky for me to attempt working with
white gold or platinum given it’s high cost and my lack of
experience? i like the idea of making our bands- it’s more
personal…but is it worth the risk? what are your thoughts?