Platinum is the traditional gift for an auspicious milestone such as the 70th wedding anniversary celebrated by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The choice as platinum for this milestones seems appropriate as the metal is 30 times more rare than gold. Further, it is 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 which makes in a popular choice for jewellery
- Many of the world’s most precious gemstones, including the Hope Diamond, have platinum setting
- South Africa is the world’s largest producer – producing almost 70% of the world’s supply
- It is estimated that if all mining were to stop today, the current supply would be gone within a year
- The density of platinum is double that of silver and the metal 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