OrthodoxRings.com is proud to offer every single one of its ring and wedding band designs in platinum. Why is it the perfect metal for your ring or wedding band? Check out these facts!
Platinum, the newest of the noble metals, was introduced to the jewelry industry in the 18th century and became the jewelry metal of choice in the first part of the 20th century. Many of the gorgeous pieces designed during the Art Deco Period (1925 to 1933) owe their beauty to the fact that they were fabricated in platinum. However, with the onset of the Second World War (1940), platinum was placed on the strategic metals list, and its use in jewelry manufacturing was prohibited for decades. During this time, white gold, which had been developed during the 1920's, was widely used as a white metal substitute for platinum.
In the 1980's, platinum was taken off the strategic metals list and found widespread usage in the electronics and automobile industries. Today platinum also plays an important role in medicine. It is not affected by blood oxidization, has excellent conductivity, and is compatible with living tissue. At present, more than 50,000 people are living on pacemakers thanks to platinum.
It was also during the late 1980's that platinum began its resurgence as the premier jewelry precious metal. Its density and weight makes it more durable than other precious metals and platinum does not fade or tarnish. The purity of platinum endows it with that coveted white luster. Platinum is inert and hypo-allergenic; perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Interesting Platinum Statistics
- Platinum is mined in very few places in the world and is 30 times rarer than gold. It's estimated that if all the platinum in the world were poured into one Olympic-sized swimming pool, it would barely be deep enough to cover one's ankles. Gold would fill more than three pools.
- Platinum is generally 95% pure (and always at least 95% when purchased through OrthodoxRings.com), compared to 18 karat gold which is 75% pure.
- Platinum is extraordinarily pliable; one gram of the metal can be drawn to produce a fine wire more than a mile long.
- Because it is so dense, platinum does not wear away. While platinum scratches, this is merely a displacement of the metal, and none of its volume is lost.
- Approximately 10 tons of ore must be processed to produce 1 ounce of platinum, whereas it may take only 3 to 4 tons of ore to produce 1 ounce of gold.
- All the pure platinum in use today would fit into a room measuring only 17 x 17 x 17 feet.
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