You keep wondering why all celebrities take pride in owning a platinum piece of jewellery while the gold rates keep soaring on one side. Let us find out the reason and also more about platinum and how it was invented?
One day you happen to overhear your parents' conversation. With the festive season round the corner, your mother demands a platinum necklace from your father and your father replies platinum is so expensive why you don't settle for diamonds instead. And you are in a fix! You always thought diamonds were the most expensive.
You keep wondering why all celebrities take pride in owning a platinum piece of jewellery while the gold rates keep soaring on one side.
Let us find out the reason and also more about platinum and how it was invented?
Discover the history of Platinum
Platinum belongs to the family of metals like ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, and iridium. Platinum dates back its origin to the Egyptian tombs in 1200 BC. The Egyptians during this time imported the metal platinum from Nubia. In 700 BC, the priestess Shepenupet was buried with her body decorated in gold and platinum. Till this time, the worth of this metal was not known.
In 100 BC, platinum was also found in South America and fine jewellery was made out of it. In 1791, a Swedish scientist Theophil Scheffer recognized this precious metal and identified its unique properties and rare qualities. He classified platinum as precious metals considering the unique qualities and rare existence.
Platinum has been making its way from the American market and its use in jewellery has substantially grown in the past 10 years.
The metal slowly started gaining popularity in industrial use because of its strength and its chemically inert property. Soon this metal was used in gun parts and in sophisticated batteries and fuel cells.
The word platinum comes from the Spanish word platina which means little silver. Platinum is more expensive than gold because it is rare and there are lot of difficulties involved in mining this metal.
Know the Properties of Platinum
Platinum is heavier and denser than other metals especially gold. So if you wish to make a ring out of platinum, the ring is bound to be heavier as compared to a gold ring made of the same size and design. Platinum is a versatile metal with highest melting point. It is resistant to corrosion and this makes it the perfect metal for any piece of jewellery.
Platinum is white in colour and when it combines with gold in any piece of jewellery, it enhances the standards and makes it a unique piece altogether giving it a royal touch. Platinum has a smooth lustre which is an added advantage when it comes to jewellery as it becomes easy for the jeweller to give a great design to the piece of jewellery.
Did you know, to make one ounce of platinum one requires at least ten tons of ore to be processed? Well, this is sure to give you an idea why platinum is so expensive and is considered as one of the rare metals. So the next time, someone gives you an option between gold or platinum and platinum or diamond, you know what to choose!