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Some boring tips about platinum

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Of all the precious metals used to manufacture jewelry, platinum is the most valuable. Because of its resistance to chemicals and high temperatures, as well as being a superior conductor of electricity, it also has many industrial applications. Not only is it used in jewelry, it is also used in laboratory equipment, dental and surgical equipment, the automobile industry to make catalytic converters, and for various electrical uses. Both its rarity and its demand make it a highly sought after commodity.

Platinum is an ideal metal for manufacturing jewelry as it is tarnish resistant, strong yet malleable and has a lustrous, silvery-white appearance. Platinum and white gold look similar, but platinum is a naturally white metal whereas white gold is created by adding alloys to yellow gold. Over time, white gold may need to be replated to maintain its white color. Platinum is also denser than gold and would be around 60% heavier than an identical item made out of 14kt gold.

Some boring tips about platinum

Using Platinum in jewelry manufacture first caught on in Europe when special tools were invented to work with this extra strong metal. It first became popular in the U.S. in the early 1900′s, and then all jewelry made of platinum was discontinued at the beginning of WWII because the metal was needed for the war effort. Platinum jewelry has become popular again over the past few decades for it’s beauty, rarity, luster, strength and durability. It’s more expensive than silver and gold, but platinum lovers wouldn’t consider wearing anything else!

When checking your jewelry, look for stamps such as PT, 950, 950 Plat, Platinum 950 (which is 95% pure platinum), 950 Plat, Platinum 900 (which is 90% pure platinum), and Plat Irid, meaning 90% Platinum and 10% Iriduim.