is a valuable white metal. Platinum has an atomic number of 78 and a chemical

symbol of PT. Platinum's name is derived from a Spanish word platina which means

little silver. Platinum is a malleable, ductile, gray white precious metal.

It has 6 natural occurring isotopes. Platinum is one of the earth's rarest elements

in its crust.


is the most ductile metal of the metal family i.e. Gold, Silver, Copper. Platinum

like Gold doesn't oxidize but will and can corrode with sulfur, cyanides, halogen.

Pure Platinum is a good deal harder then pure Iron. Platinum is a great metal

for use in jewelry due to its inability to tarnish and durability. Platinum

can be mixed with Gold to make a beautiful wedding band or a chain with Gold

and Platinum links.


is a beautiful color but does and will get small scratches which are semi difficult

to remove unlike Gold which is fairly easy to remove scratches out of. Platinum

isn't a jewelers favorite metal to fix due to its hardness. Once you bend Platinum

a few times its hard to retain its original shape. Jewelers have trouble sometimes

with Platinum and setting stones if the Platinum has been bent a lot. I enjoy

Platinum because I know it's a strong metal and can definitely with stand my

daily activities.

I have

never had any complaints about my Platinum jewelry because it has never let

me down. The only down side to buying a Platinum band is if the ring doesn't

fit and must be sized you need to look for a good jeweler who a long experience

with sizing Platinum cause it can be tricky and the end result may not be as

good as you expect with a less then seasoned expert. Platinum is a costly and

rare metal but still is widely used in a vehicle catalytic converter to help

with vehicle emissions.

Of the 245

tons of Platinum mined in 2010 113 tons where used in vehicle emission control

devices. Platinum is used in many other things from oxygen sensors and engine

parts. Platinum is mostly mined in South Africa and is much rarer to find then

Gold and Silver. Platinum is often mistaken for Silver because of its similar

color. Platinum, like Gold and Silver, can be formed into ingots and coins which

are traded and collected on the precious metal market.

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