General Information on Platinum
The most expensive and hard wearing of the precious metals and a wonderful contemporary steely-white colour. The combination of diamond and platinum in an engagement ring is a wonderful sight and unsurpassed in brilliance. Platinum does not tarnish and its purity means that it will not cause an allergic reaction when in contact with the skin, even for people with the most sensitive of skins.
Platinum's strength make it an ideal metal to set the most valuable of stones into. If you set a diamond into platinum, you can be sure that it is as safe as it can be.
Platinum's expense is, amongst other things, due to its rarity. Apparently if you put all the platinum in the world together in an olympic sized swimming pool, the depth would not even cover your ankles! Because of its rarety, the world's platinum will become exhausted and although it is not great for the environment to extract platinum it is used for important medical issues.
Platinum is an element with the symbol Pt and atomic number 78. Its name is derived from the Spanish word platina when it was discovered in South America by the newly arriving Spanish in the 16th centuary. The Incas, before them, had come across the metal.
Platinum is really the best choice for your engagement ring if you are thinking of a steely white metal, though the cost has to be taken into consideration.
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