It takes something quite special to upstage gold in the precious metal stakes, and platinum is just that.
|Name origin:||Derived form the Spanish platina, which translates as little silver.|
|Pure platinum:||Unlike pure gold, pure platinum is durable. Therefore, only requires a small amount of alloy metal to make it hard enough for jewellery. It will typically be 90-95% pure.|
|First discovered:||1700s (although Ancient Egyptians and pre-Columbus South Americans used it to make artefacts much earlier than this)|
|Found in:||South Africa, Russia, Canada|
|Notable platinum:||The frame of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was made from platinum|
|Popular culture:||Music that has gone platinum is a higher achievement than gold. Many reward schemes also have platinum as their highest level.|
|Annual production:||Approx 130 tonnes|
|Anniversaries:||20th (modern), 75th|
Wondrous white metal
It takes something quite special to upstage gold in the precious metal stakes, and platinum is just that. The key is its rarity and intensiveness taking 10 tonnes and five months to produce just 1 ounce! Unlike gold, platinums existence has only been known relatively recently first documented scientifically in the 18th century. Platinum's rarity made King Louis XV of France declare it the only metal fit for a king and its exclusivity endures today.
It may look like silver, but that is where the similarities end. Platinum is highly resistant to tarnishing (unlike silver) and very corrosion resistant even in high temperatures. In fact, its general non-reactive properties and hardness make it the ideal base metal for jewellery that will last a lifetime!
Modern jewellery is turning more and more to platinum for a contemporary look and practical finish. When teamed with precious gems, including popular favourites diamond and emeralds, it is hard to beat.
Caring for your platinum
Although platinum is very durable, it still requires simple care to keep it looking its best. Clean your platinum by gently wiping it with a soft cloth, clean warm water, and a mild soap. If unsure, please check with your jeweller.
We recommend that you never wear your platinum jewellery while undertaking vigorous activity. Its also a great idea to have your platinum professionally cleaned and polished every two years.