Our series on Platinum jewellery has so far been about the history of this luxe metal, and the trends that are the flavour of the season. But we know that for many women out there Platinum jewellery may be the first time experience. So, if you are one of them, then this feature which is all about the unknown facts of platinum will sure come as a pleasant surprise for you!
A Rarest Metal
Pure & PiousWhat can be purest when it comes to metal? If you thought what you have been using for ages is the purest, time to get the facts correct! It’s only platinum that is the purest jewellery metal available, and thus the jewellery made out of it is also pure and therefore, pious. Yes, the amount of platinum used is usually 95 % and 5 % is alloy, but that is only to strengthen it to hold delicate diamonds properly.
Value for moneyThis is one thing that an average consumer is concerned about, be it jewellery shopping or investment. So if you thought that spending on platinum jewellery will not prove to be a wise investment, you will be surprised to know that it is the only metal that assures the right value for money. How? Since it’s 95% pure, you are getting more metal as compared to any other. Secondly, it loses very little metal in daily wear and tear, your jewellery still remains intact in it’s purest form!
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Platinum versus Other Metals
Facts on Platinum
· A 6 inch cube of platinum weighs the same as an average man
· If you put all the platinum that has ever been mined in an Olympic swimming pool it would just cover your ankles (gold would fill over 3 pools)
· 80% of the world’s platinum is mined in South Africa
· 1 in 5 industrial processes involves platinum
· Platinum occurs as only 0.003 parts per billion of the Earth’s crust making it 30 times rarer than gold
· It takes 10 tons of ore and a five month process to make one ounce of platinum
· A 6 cm cube of platinum could be drawn into a wire long enough to wrap around the circumference of the earth
· 1 gram of platinum can be drawn into a wire 2km long