Platinum’s resistance to wear and tarnish is well suited for making fine jewelry while it has an excellent resistance to corrosion high temperatures and bears stable electrical properties, all of which have been thoroughly exploited for industrial applications. Frequently mistaken for silver, platinum is often found chemically uncombined as native platinum and alloyed with iridium as platiniridium.
Platinum’s density and weight make it more durable than most other metals used in the production of jewelry. Platinum is valued for both the fact that it does not wear away and the fact that it holds precious stones firmly and securely. Like all precious metals, platinum does bear scratches from everyday wear, however, in contrast to a gold graze, the scratch on a platinum item of jewelry is merely a displacement of the metal and not a loss of volume. So, even though wearing platinum daily may incur surface impressions, the same mass remains the same.
Always associated with exclusivity and wealth, the purity of platinum jewelry makes it hypoallergenic, consequently ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Platinum is most frequently manufactured in jewelry using a 90-95% alloy, due to its inertness and shine, making its brilliant white luster and untarnishable surface ideal for reflecting the true radiance of diamonds.
Platinum is so pliable, that just one gram of the metal can be drawn to produce a mile long fine wire over. This quality has enabled jewelers to create some amazing versatile platinum mesh jewelry, which could indeed, be fashioned from none other than the ideally suited regal precious metal, platinum, as declared by King Louis XV of France, who declare it ‘the only metal fit for a king.’