VPrecious Metals - Platinum
Platinum comes to us from the stars in the heavens above us, Platinum is the product of supernovas, which released meteorites upon their explosions, some of which eventually landed upon the earth.
Platinum has been discovered and used by many different people of different continents.
The Egyptians imported gold, which was caressed by Platinum from the Nubian kingdom.
Platinum was incorporated into their jewelry and other adornments.
The ancient Incas artisans fashioned some of their ceremonial jewelry of Platinum.
The Spanish conquistadors mistakenly considered Platinum to be a second-rate metal, as they pitched it into the rivers to ripen.
In the 18th century after arriving in Europe, Platinum was much sought after as an ingredient to be included in elixirs and potions.
King Louis XVI of France and King Carlos III of Spain both held Platinum in the highest regards of being a precious metal of regal standing. The tradition of the Easter Fabergé egg was first created using Platinum. In the late 1800’s the use of platinum was rendered as thread for royal clothing. After the Titanic sank, mourners of the loved one’s aboard wore jewelry with Platinum as the most popular precious metal in mourning jewelry, as the colors were white and black. Platinum moved through our history as use for jewelry until 1939 until 1945 as Platinum was then used by military forces and forbidden as use in jewelry and white gold was in use. After the war, Platinum has again regained its place among precious metal to be used in jewelry making. Priscilla Beaulieu Presley said “I Do” with wedding rings gifted by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis. Today Platinum is the precious metal of choice by many jewelry enthusiasts.
Platinum is the heaviest of all the precious metals, weighing compared to gold Platinum is almost twice as heavy, and its very strong and will not wear down as quickly. It can however be scratched but the scratching is only its particles being displaced rather than volume of the precious metal being lost, and only needs to be polished to regain its beauty. Ten tons of ore is to be mined to produce an ounce of Platinum, and the process of turning ore into pure Platinum takes five months, which contributes to Platinum’s rarity. Platinum can only be fashioned after being processed. In the U.S. Platinum, jewelry contains 90 to 95% of pure Platinum, so the hallmarks for Platinum are 900 or 950 and an identification serial number.
Many jewelry designers incorporate both Platinum and gold into many fashionable jewelry pieces, as the elegance of white Platinum and the yellows of gold compliment each other.
Since Platinum is so strong and durable, it is best to store Platinum jewelry pieces separate in your jewelry box or a chamois bag, as they will scratch gemstones and other precious metals. Platinum should be cared for, and may be cleaned in the manner as other fine jewelry, and should be taken to a professional jeweler for inspection and any adjustments that are needed for the jewelry, which is recommended as every six months, as well as a professional cleaning.