The Important Facts About Platinum

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The Important Facts About Platinum

Platinum is the most popular of the ‘noble metals’ used in jewellery designs and manufacture.

So the science part, Platinum is a chemical element with the chemical symbol, Pt and its atomic number is 78. The name Platinum is taken from the Spanish term ‘platina’, which translates literally into ‘little silver’ and it is a malleable, ductile, precious white metal. One of the rarest elements in nature, Platinum is the least reactive metal and it occurs usually in some nickel and copper ores, plus some native deposits mostly in South Africa, where around 80% of the world production of Platinum is to be found.

It is generally non-reactive and has an extraordinary resistance to corrosion, even at high temperatures, which is why it is considered to be a noble metal. Most often found in the alluvial sands of rivers, it was firstused to produce artefacts by South American natives. The first reference to Platinum in Europe was as early as the 1700’s, in a report in 1748 by one, Antonio de Ulloa, after which it began to attract the interest of scientists.

Used today in catalytic converters on vehicles and for electrical contacts and electrodes, resistance thermometers and in dentistry and laboratory equipment, Platinum is obviously also used widely in jewellery. As just a few hundred tonnes of Platinum are produced each year, it remains a very rare material and that, along with its natural beauty and characteristic durability, accounts for its high value, making it a seriously precious metal commodity. It looks pretty amazing in our jewellery as well! Which is why we are so enthusiastic about it at (formerly and in our award winning workshop, we manufacture your jewellery to your specified design, with Diamonds cut in the style of your choosing, set in Platinum, to a standard with which we guarantee that you will be absolutely delighted. (formerly - your one stop shop for stunning designs and manufacture of your jewellery set in perfect Platinum.