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Everything You Need to Know About Platinum

29 March 2017
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Platinum is one of the world’s strongest metals and is renowned for making engagement rings, diamond necklaces and other pieces of jewellery.

Platinum is a beautiful metal that brings out the sparkle and shine in any diamond or gemstone. Due to its rarity, platinum has become synonymous with the expression of love, becoming the perfect metal for weddings, platinum engagement rings and anniversaries.

A Brief History of Platinum

Platinum is one of the world's purest and rarest precious metals, that has a rich history. It was highly valued by Ancient Egyptians and Pre-Columbian Indian after its initial discovery in 1735. However, platinum is often thought of as a modern metal, due to the origins of its name. Before getting the name ‘platinum', it was referred to as ‘white gold' because of its silver and white colour. However, after being ‘re-discovered' by Spanish conquerors in the 17th Century it was renamed to ‘platinum'. This word derives from the Spanish word ‘Platina' which means ‘silver'. Following this re-discovery, platinum was introduced to Europe in the 18th Century, and it is thought that in early 1800s, British Chemist W. H. Wollaston was the first person to obtain a pure sample of this noble metal.


White Gold or Platinum?

Due to its rarity and because it is mined much less than gold, platinum is a much more expensive metal. 1,500 tonnes of gold is mined yearly in comparison to 160 tonnes of platinum. Alongside this, platinum is 11% denser than gold, and as precious metals are priced by weight, a platinum piece of jewellery that weighs the same amount as a gold piece of jewellery will be more expensive.

Platinum is a silver-white noble metal that is very resistant to corrosion and tarnishing, and doesn't oxidise. The atomic structure of platinum means that it is easily malleable and can bond with other elements, which is why you often find jewellery has a platinum finish. Platinum is one of the densest elements, weighing 12.4 ounces per cubic inch, which is six times the density of a diamond.


Here are 3 Stunning Platinum Pieces of Jewellery.

This Halo Cushion Diamond Ring


This beautiful halo diamond cushion engagement ring set in platinum is the perfect way to ask your beau for their hand in marriage. The brilliant cushion cut diamond rests in a four prong setting, and the extra detail of the diamond cluster is the perfect detail that shows ultimate commitment and love.


This Vintage Full Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This vintage full set diamond platinum wedding is the ultimate ring to give after saying your vows. It will add beauty and sparkle to your everyday life, and remind you of the commitment you and your spouse have to eachother. This intricate design features brilliant cut diamond set in platinum that will last for eternity.


This Sapphire and Diamond Tennis Bracelet


This sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet is the ultimate accessory for any outfit. Whether it is a black-tie event or a casual lunch, it will add colour and sparkle. This intricate design features beautiful blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds, set in platinum.