Guide to Platinum used in Celtic Rings Ltd products.
Platinum is pure, an expression of integrity, a reflection of inner truth. Platinum's purity endows it with a brilliant white luster. This helps to reflect the true radiance of diamonds. First discovered by the Egyptians around 3,000 years ago, and reaching the peak of its popularity in the early 1900s when more and more people began to prefer it for ornamental purposes. When World War II broke out, platinum was declared a strategic metal and was not allowed to be used in non-military applications. Thankfully, this is no longer the case!
The Platinum element is one of the rarest and most durable precious metals. It's rich, white luster enhances it's brilliance and maintains its shining luminosity forever, unlike other white metals which, over the course of time, have a tendency to tarnish. Platinum is resistant to tarnishing and discoloration from chlorine and other chemicals. These factors, along with its strength and white luster, have made it an increasingly popular choice for jewelry, either on its own or as the setting for diamonds and other precious gemstones. Platinum's purity makes it hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin.
The Platinum element is rare, and as such has become the coveted treasure of discerning individuals. It is one of the strongest and most enduring metals, and also one of the heaviest, weighing 60% more than gold. Though stronger than gold, it is still not quite strong enough in it's pure form to be used for a ring, so other metals from the same family are added to increase it's strength and durability. Owing to it's brilliant polish and luster, some of the world's greatest treasures such as the Hope Diamond are set in platinum.
Platinum jewelry is the perfect choice for a lifetime of everyday wear. Its density and weight make it a durable jewelry metal. It does not wear away and holds precious stones firmly and securely. In addition to its strength and density, platinum has another remarkable quality - pliability. Like all precious metals, platinum does scratch. However, the scratch on a platinum piece is merely a displacement of the metal and none of its volume is lost.
Platinum is a symbol of true love, purity, rarity and strength. These qualities of platinum reflect the ideals of eternal true love. All over the world, engagement rings, wedding bands and anniversary rings made in platinum symbolize the everlasting endurance of love.
Did You Know?
Annually, only about 133 tons of Platinum are mined, compared to about 1,782 tons of Gold.
Ten tons of ore and a five month process is needed to generate one ounce of Platinum Bullion.