What is Platinum?
Platinum is one of Four Precious Metals (Sterling Silver, Gold, Palladium). Platinum is the most expensive of the four metals because of its durability and strength. Lets take a closer look at why it’s demand is growing continuously.
Platinum was, for a long time, considered only for the rich folks of the world. Dating back to ancient Egypt times which was more than 5000 years ago. Incredible to think how far it’s come, right?
It wasn’t up until the late 1800’s that Platinum’s usage increased and was eventually recognised by the rest of the world as a highly precious metal.
With most of the worlds platinum coming from South Africa, more than 60% in fact, it’s not hard to see why its more expensive than the other precious metals available to choose from today.
Is Platinum Durable and Why?
Platinum is the most durable of all the precious metals used in Jewellery due to it’s density. It doesn’t change shape, discolor or wear away and is the most perfect metal to wear for a life time. Although every metal does have its cons. See below.
Platinum Is Naturally White – Unlike White Gold, Platinum is naturally white in colour.
It’s The Rarest Metal On Earth – As mentioned above, Platinum is not easy to come by. It’s the rarest metal used in Jewellery with only 133 tons mined annually. Compared to 1,782 tons of Gold mined annually.
Density & Weight – Platinum is perfect for every day wear as it is the heaviest of the precious metals weighing almost twice the amount as Gold. It is the least reactive metal and has very high melting point.
Platinum Doesn’t Change Shape – This factor is why platinum is the over all, go to metal for wedding bands and engagement rings. It wont change thus holding onto any diamonds you may have on that special ring safely and securely.
Platinum Scratches - Being the premier choice for jewellery you would think it does not scratch, however just like all other precious metals, Platinum does scratch. Most individuals believe it gives their item an antique look, whilst others do prefer the polished look of Platinum, and this can be achieved by regular visits to your jeweller for polishes.
Platinum Can Bend and Break – With excessive force and power, platinum can bend, break and twist. Most often occurring between sizing lines and between the band and setting but this also depends on band thickness.
Part of our work, here at Sonny’s Jewellers, involves the remaking of such occurrences should they happen. If you have one of the mentioned issues please feel free to call us or contact us.
Although Platinum is the strongest, most durable metal in the jewellery trade, it still has it's draw backs. Pretty much like any other precious metal there are some cons in each precious metal. But how you treat your platinum will determine the amount of time it will stand strong and continue to shine. Sonny's Jewellers suggest popping your loved item in for a checkup or a polish every 6 months with your chosen jewellers.