Like its gold counterpart, platinum was
already used in ancient civilizations in Egypt and even in the Inca
civilization of South America. Later, King Louis XVI of France declared
that the only jewelry that was fit for royalty was platinum. But in the
1990ís, platinum was disallowed for public use in America during the war
because it was declared as a metal that was needed by the United States
military. And it was during this time, that white gold was used to
substitute for the demand in platinum.
Now, many people confuse platinum with the ordinary white gold but there
are distinct dissimilarities between the two. Platinum is already white in
color without having to mix it with other metals whereas white gold
achieve its color through a combination of different metals including
rhodium. Rhodium is usually used to plate the outer surface of the white
gold to enhance its color but the plating can erode through the years and
it would reveal the real color of the metal which is yellowish-gray.
Another way to distinguish platinum from the ordinary white gold is
through its weight. Platinum is distinctly heavier compared to its
Platinum is also rarer than gold therefore you can expect that its price
would be comparatively be higher than gold. To give you a bit of an idea
how difficult it is to mine platinum, ten tons of ore is needed to be
mined in order to produce an ounce of platinum. Not only that, it usually
take up to five months to process the ore into platinum. Also, platinum is
generally almost pure in form, it usually contains up to 95% pure platinum.
In addition, platinum is denser than 18 carat gold by a third so the
craftsmanship required to make a platinum jewelry is more specialized. And
unlike any other metal, when platinum is scratched, none of its metal
content is lost; rather it is merely displaced so your jewelry retains its
volume. And the content can last for years without thinning or wearing
Platinum is also used in combination with yellow gold for versatility and
understated elegance. Some popular uses for platinum include engagement
rings and wedding rings both for men and women. Resizing platinum rings is
also an option in the future. Because platinum is a lot more expensive
than other precious metals,
it is not a popular choice for the everyday
choice of jewelry like earrings, pendants, and bracelets. Nevertheless,
people recognize that platinum is one of the best precious metal there is.
Some tips for taking care of your platinum jewelry include storing it
separately from other jewelries so that you avoid scratching it. You
should also remember to remove your jewelry when working with your hands.
And although chemicals will not harm the platinum jewelry in itself, it
may harm the gem that is placed on the platinum, so donít wear any jewelry
when you are using chemicals just to be safe. Also, clean your jewelry
periodically so that it will retain its beauty.
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