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Platinum 950

Platinum, a rare and precious metal, has a fascinating history in jewellery that dates back to pre-Columbian South America, but it wasn't until the 18th century that platinum was recognised and used in Europe.
Gold has been used for jewellery for thousands of years, with its earliest known use dating back to ancient Mesopotamia around 4,600 BCE, then later by the Egyptians around 3,000 BCE. Platinum in jewellery is recent compared to gold. Although platinum was known to ancient South American civilisations, such as the Incas, who used it in combination with gold around 1,000 BCE.

Platinum got its name from the Spanish word "platina," which means "little silver." This term was used by Spanish explorers and conquistadors in the 16th century when they encountered the metal in present-day Colombia. The diminutive form "platina" reflects the explorers' initial perception of the metal as an inferior or less valuable form of silver... how wrong they were:

It wasn't until Antonio de Ulloa, a Spanish scientist and naval officer brought attention to platinum in Europe after his expeditions to South America in the early 18th century.  In his reports published in 1748, he described this new metal as resisting melting and having distinct properties compared to other known metals.

Despite its initial undervaluation, Platinum's properties including its resistance to tarnish and corrosion, exceptional strength, and brilliant lustre, along with it's rarity made Platinum highly desirable leading to its esteemed status. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, platinum became synonymous with luxury and sophistication, particularly in the Edwardian and Art Deco periods. Jewellers favoured it for its ability to hold intricate settings and securely display precious gemstones, especially diamonds. Platinum's rarity and durability continue to make it a premier choice for high-end jewellery, including engagement rings and wedding bands. Its enduring appeal lies in its elegant appearance, hypoallergenic nature, and the prestige associated with its exclusivity.

Platinum 950 alloy

Platinum was never used in ancient trade, so Carob seeds (carat) have no significance to platinum like they do to gold. Just like gold nowadays though, platinum is measured in parts per thousand to denote its purity. Our platinum wedding rings are made up of 95% platinum and 5% ruthenium. In this proportion, ruthenium adds very little to the platinum’s aesthetic but does improve the workability, making it easier for jewellers to shape, mould and polish the metal. Ruthenium enhances the corrosion resistance of platinum alloys, ensuring that jewellery made from these alloys remains resistant to tarnish and discolouration over time. These qualities make platinum alloys with ruthenium ideal for creating high-quality and long-lasting jewellery pieces.