Platinum the metal that rules the ramps and designer jewelry stores has some unique features that make it the most sought after metal in today’s jewelry lines. This metal is far more solid than compared with gold and it also doesn’t tarnish at all.
Platinum mining is more concentrated in Russia and the maximum percentage of platinum that is mined is used for making jewelry and the remaining small percentage comes into use in scientific and automotive industry.
Platinum is in fact a family of metals and there are nearly six other metals from this family which are mixed with pure platinum before it can be used for designing jewelry. Even the currently popular white gold is made by mixing in yellow gold with palladium which is a metal from the platinum family.
What’s unique about platinum
We all know of platinum as being a rare precious metal that is used in crafting fine jewelry, but beyond its rareness its durability is what makes it the most sought after metal for everyday jewelry. Platinum is quite a sturdy metal and does a good job of holding fine gemstones like diamonds firmly in place. And its non corrosive and non tarnishing properties lend a longer life term to your jewelry.
When it comes to diamond jewelry this is the most preferred metal because of its ability to hold the diamond in place and because of the lovely lustrous backdrop that it provides to make your diamonds sparkle.
Shopping for platinum
When you go shopping for platinum jewelry, the most important aspect is the amount of platinum that the piece of jewelry contains, by weight. The purity for platinum is determined by the parts of platinum present in the jewelry per thousand parts of the total metal. An ideal piece of platinum jewelry should contain no less than 950 parts per thousand of pure platinum, to be labeled as true platinum jewelry.
And lastly, even though platinum is seen as a sturdy and durable metal, platinum jewelry still needs the same kind of care that gold jewelry demands.