Platinum - The most precious of metals

By: Stevan Tomar

Platinum is a metal that is white and pale silver in color. In its pure form, platinum is easy to form into a wide variety of shapes. Therefore it is being used to a great extent in many types of manufacturing industries.

Platinum also can be an incredible durable and strong metal. It is not affected by corrosion, which serves to further increases it's in the market of metal products. Platinum has a history of being used for many centuries, by making a variety of products that include jewelry, dentistry instruments, and lab equipment.

While there are many uses for platinum, perhaps the most common use is in the creation of jewelry. The ancient Egyptians used platinum in their jewellery and many other cultures have followed in their footsteps. It wasn't until the 1800's, however, that the use of platinum for jewelry became popular. It was during this time that the royal families in many countries started to wear platinum jewelry.

The Hope Diamond and the Star of Africa are two famous jewellery pieces made in Platinum.

Exotic diamonds can also be encased in the safety of platinum. Since the metal is durable, that is the reason why the jewelry pieces made in diamond have lasted for so long.

The use of platinum took a bit of a nose dive during World War II. It was at this time that the government of the United States decided that Platinum could only be used for government business. After this declaration, the use of platinum in jewelry stopped for some time.

Platinum is enjoyed a remarkable resurgence and is once again at the forefront of the jewellery business. It is frequently used as the base setting for diamonds and other precious gems. Because platinum is more expensive to purchase that silver or gold it isn't in the budget range of most people. However, if you can afford platinum, it is an excellent choice because of its beauty and strength.

Platinum is such a pure metal that people with some kind of skin allergies can also wear jewelry made out of Platinum. People with allergies also have a hope of wearing special pies of jewelry made out of platinum.

For the platinum jewelry to keep on looking good you will have to take good care of it. Caring for platinum is not tough but you have to remember and take simple care of it. Do remove the jewelry item when ever you feel that your working condition may harm it, e.g. when you are working with chemicals. For cleaning rings and other pieces of jewelry you will need to soak them in a mild solution of soap and water for an hour or so.

Platinum does not scratch easily; all the same it is good to take care of your platinum jewelry. Store it away from any hard surfaces or metals that may harm it.

With a liberal/ loose budget you can surely consider buying your next jewellery piece made in diamond. It will be good to have a few pieces of jewelry set in platinum because despite its cost it is durable and long lasting.

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