Platinum Facts And Information

by: Josh Swain

Platinum is one of Earth’s rarest metals, and is highly valued among many jewelry and gemology connoisseurs. Here are a few things that you might like to know before making a purchase.

platinum facts and info

Platinum Definition

Platinum comes from the Spanish “platina”, or “little silver” it is an incredibly non-reactive metal, meaning that it will not rust or corrode, this is why it is often used in jewelry such as wedding bands to represent the things that do not fade over time, like a good marriage. It is also very malleable which allows jewelers to create stunning designs with this beautiful metal.

Sources

Platinum was first discovered in South America prior to Columbus’ arrival, but was first taken to Europe during the 17th century. The precious metal’s number one producer is South Africa, but platinum can also be found in Russia and Zimbabwe.

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Fun Facts about Platinum

  • Platinum is one of the densest metals on Earth, coming in at approximately 12.4 ounces per cubic inch, nearly eight times the density of water.
  • About 130 tons of platinum are mined each year, which only comes up to about 6% of that of gold.
  • Approximately 10 tons of ore are extracted from mines to create only one ounce of Platinum, and the process can take up to six months.
  • The first study introducing the element of platinum was by a British Scientist known as Charles Wood, thanks Chuck.
  • Recording artist Beyonce Knowles owns a platinum split engagement ring with an 18 – karat diamond, creating a total value of near $5 Million USD.
  • A Couple’s 70th wedding anniversary is known as a “Platinum Anniversary”.
  • Many believe that platinum represents dedication, grit, and determination, which is another reason why it is popular in symbolic jewelry.

Color

Platinum always appears in one color, which is a few shades lighter than Silver to give it a more “pure” aesthetic.

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Uses of Platinum

Due to its useful characteristics, Platinum is not only used in jewelry, platinum can also be found in catalytic converters in automobiles, cancer fighting drugs due to its low reactivity, and electronic microchips.

Cleaning

Platinum is a non reactive metal so cleaning will not be a laborious, frequent chore, however all owners should take their rings to a professional once or twice a year to check on any gems that may be fitted to the piece of jewelry.

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Price of Platinum Rings

Due to its scarcity, Platinum is among more of the expensive metals, but a simple band of around 2mm thickness could run around $300 USD, which is not as expensive when faced with the lifetime of its use. If one would like to add some beautiful gemstones to it, silver-platinum alloys are available as well to save money for a nicely cut diamond or other lovely mineral.

Stores

Platinum rings can be found nearly at any jeweler but is often cheaper online than in person, but it is advised that you attempt to try and find a reputable source even if it means spending a little extra to guarantee that what is being purchased is the real deal.

Platinum is one of the most beautiful metals this Earth has to offer, and any recipient of a platinum ring or other piece of jewelry would be ecstatic to own one. This precious metal is for those who want to display their determination and dedication to never letting something special rust or fade.

SOURCES:

http://www.livescience.com/39144-platinum.html

http://www.chemicool.com/elements/platinum.html

http://www.gold-eagle.com/article/platinum-rich-mans-gold

http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/element/78/platinum

Sue Fox

Love You Tomorrow was founded by Sue Fox, a jewelry and wedding enthusiast from New York. Her father, Simon, was a jewelry appraiser, whose family had deep roots in the mining industry. Sue grew up schooled in the different properties of gems and metals, as well as in the care and appraisal of jewelry. She was most fascinated by how different gems, materials, cuts, and settings could be put together in endless combinations to make thousands of unique pieces of jewelry. Best of all, each piece was distinct in its purpose and design to match the personality of the wearer. Love You Tomorrow began as a passion project in 2016. This was around the time when many of Sue’s friends and family members were getting married. Knowing her expertise, they often sought out her advice on wedding and engagement rings. The blog started out as a place to house Sue’s now in-demand knowledge. Her first posts were buying guides for diamonds, roundups of her favorite ring recommendations around the web, and practical tips about choosing the right gemstone for you. It became apparent pretty quickly that the most common visitors to her blog were couples in the market for wedding and engagement rings. Since rings were only one item on an engaged couple’s to-do list, Sue also began to receive inquiries about how the perfect rings would fit into the rest of the whole wedding picture. Since then, Sue’s vision for the blog expanded to become a one-stop shop for other resources on weddings in general. Today, Love You Tomorrow is a wedding blog that features not just Sue’s expertise on wedding and engagement rings, but also insights from her “Wedding Party”, a team of wedding experts and enthusiasts who write guides, recommendations, and tips for happy couples looking to tie the knot. Sue is now currently based in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula in California. She lives with her husband Jess, and their three dogs, Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc.

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