With the news that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, it seems appropriate that platinum is the traditional gift for such an auspicious milestone. It’s 30 times more rare than gold, corrosion resistant, heat resistant and extremely hard-wearing – perfect attributes for a successful and long-lasting marriage.
These characteristics also make it ideal for jewellery.
Did you know?
- Platinum is hypoallergenic, another reason its use in jewellery is popular
- Many of the world’s most precious gemstones, including the Hope Diamond, have platinum settings
- South Africa is the world’s largest producer of platinum, producing almost 70% of the world’s supply
- It is estimated that if all the world’s platinum mining were to stop today, the current supply would be gone within a year
- The density of platinum is double that of silver
- All of the platinum ever mined would barely fill a 7.6 cubic metre box. The block would weigh over 16 tonnes
- The annual production of platinum is about 130 tonnes, which is not very much when you consider that the USA produces nearly 260 tonnes of steel
- Platinum has a melting point of 1,769°C and its boiling point is 3,827°C
- China is the world’s largest market for platinum jewellery