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Monday, January 10, 2011

Interesting Platinum Facts

Platinum is one of the rarest and most sought after precious metals.
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About 133 tons of platinum are mined every year compared to approximately 1,782 tons of gold.
It takes 10 tons of ore and a five-month process to make 1 ounce of platinum.
By the 18th century, platinum had captured the interest of the scientific community.
It was first believed to be an alloy of gold and iron.
In 1751, it was concluded that platinum was in fact, a new metal.
Platinum's superior properties, such as resistance to heat and acids have made it popular for scientific, medical and industrial purposes.
Some of the world’s most renowned jewellers, including Cartier, Faberge and Tiffany, have created many of their timeless designs in platinum.
The world-famous diamonds including the Hope, Jonker I, and the Koh-I-Noor are secured in platinum.
In the early 1900's, platinum reached its peak in popularity and was the preferred metal for fine jewelry in North America.
Platinum jewelry usually contains 90% to 95% of pure platinum.
Platinum jewelry does not tarnish or lose its rich white luster.

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