Gold has always been a pretty pleasing jewelry metal. But in past few years it was platinum that became the new-found-friend of many jewelry lovers. The naturally white metal with high level of hardness and durability is now a preferred choice for fine jewelry especially engagement rings.
It’s a known fact that platinum is a rare metal. In fact it is 30 times rarer than gold, so obviously has higher value. But what else is there in platinum that enchants the fashion folks. Let’s explore this precious metal and introduce some lesser known facts to your neurons about it.
Platinum is a very hard metal with high melting point and metal density. This makes the metal resistant to any shape changes or scratches. It also helps in secure and firm holding of diamonds and other gemstones.
The metal is completely safe for all type of skins. It is naturally hypoallergenic and doesn’t cause any reaction or irritation. So even if you are sensitive and allergic to other metals, you can easily wear platinum jewelry.
Naturally white, platinum never tarnishes. It always remains shiny and silky, thus perfect for everyday wear. And you don’t have to be concern about the maintenance.
That’s not all, platinum is resistant to all types of chemicals. It is the only metal suitable to make electrode in lifesaving pacemakers and it is also used to make nitrogen fertilizers.
In 2005, one third of the platinum mined was used in jewelry. Since introduction, it has been a favorite choice of jewelers. Cartier, Tiffany, Faberge, Garrard and Bvlgri have used platinum to create their unique jewels. The coronation crown of Queen Mother and the wedding bands of duke and Duchess of Windsor were made of platinum.