Platinum is very rare and very special metal. Our most beautiful and valuable jewelry is made of platinum 950 per mill.
Who does not know the exception of platinum

For those who does not know the platinum's exceptional properties yet such as its grayish glow, its chemical resistance and its preserving function, I'm going to list some of the interesting facts about it and were left out during the chemistry class :)

Platinum - unintentionally - was used by ancient Egyptian masters instead of silver. The Indian tribes of Ecuador made jewels before the arrival of Spanish conquerors.
Platinum is a chemically resistant metal. It is soluble only in hot aqua regalia or hydroelectric acid and only in in the presence of oxidant.
98% of world platinum production comes from these three countries: 49% from the former Soviet Union, 43% from the Republic of South Africa and 6% from Canada.
35-40% of platinum is used as a catalyst for petrol-powered cars, and the remainder is used for the production of nitrite acid, jewelry, teeth implants, bone replacements and astronomical mirrors.
They have been working on its replacement due to its high price.

As a catalyst, they are trying to substitute with palladium which is another platinum metal. It is also required for the fuel cell of hydrogen-powered trial cars. It is also true for platinum - as with all other precious metals - that the demand is higher than the conventional mining can produce.

One of the most valuable properties of these precious metals such as platinum is that they are perfectly resistant to oxygen! "They do not grow old."
Platinum is also at the forefront of this; time makes no damage to it!

I don't know whether you have seen on National Geography that on the 100 -year- ago sunk Titanic, a platinum polished solitaire with diamond gem was found on the wreck!
When they cleansed from the algae, the jewel looked like it had just been removed from the showcase. It was almost incredible to see it!
When in use, the platinum made jeweler will not be discolored like the gold alloys with lowe metal content. It keeps its glow even after a thermal bathing.

Until it was not known how rare and special platinum metal was, the money counterfeiters "diluted" their gold coins with platinum.

The weight of platinum rivals with the lead's weight. In 1758 the Spanish crown also prohibited trading with platinum.
The gold craftsmen in norther Esmeralda and Atacanes inka in northern Ecuador, in contrast to the conquering whites, knew how to handle the "heavy silver"
Hard little grains were mixed with little gold powder and heated in boiling charcoal in drops of dough.
The molten gold covered and squashed platinum grain.
The proportion of platinum in the mixture ranged from 55 to 60 percent; the rest was other gold and little silver. The finished jewelry resembled mostly to the contemporary white gold objects.

Thanks to this archaic machining style, we can find the oldest and most beautiful platinum decorative items. Of course, in addition to the Old Egyptian findings It is interesting that in Ancient Egypt many techniques and materials were known and worked with worked while in Europe it took hundreds or thousands of years. How is that possible?

In 1751 platinum was finally tested as a separate element; its specific gravity was determined and described how resistant to acids and alkali was.

In the 18th century of France in Paris, sample meter rod and kilogram weighed was molded using this this imposingly heavy metal because its length and weight are least influenced by changes in heat fluctuations or air humidity. Even nowadays, the most accurate measuring instruments are made from this "template"!

At the turn of the 18th-19 th century even platinum money was issued in Russia.
Ducats were made that corresponded to three silver rubels. Furthermore, binary and quadruple ducats were made. (If you have such coins at home, let me know. Their value is growing steadily :)

Before the First World War, the price of platinum on the precious metals value chart had already been in the first place. After the World War II, it surpassed gold value by three times.
During the recent global crisis, gold price caught up with the platinum price! Nowadays, its value is 70 times more than the silver's!
Since then, it is also the most valuable precious metal; it is not only used to make jewelry, but also to record bones since it is completely tissue-friendly and the only metal that does not react with body fluids. Nine tons of this heavy precious metal would only correspond to a 1.6 m cube!
Proud is the owner of this rare noble metal; just think about it- in the best sites there are only three grams (!) of platinum in one ton of ore!

András Mihalovits
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