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Did you know that at BAUNAT we not only have jewellery in yellow, white and red gold, but that you can also buy stunning variants in platinum, too? But what is platinum exactly? And how does platinum differ from gold? Time to examine the most noble of precious metals that is adored for jewellery, by women but also by men.
- What is platinum exactly?
- Where does it come from and why is it more expensive than gold?
- How to attain lifelong enjoyment of durable platinum jewellery?
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1.50 carat ring in red gold with round diamondsFrom € 3.330 (excl. VAT)
0.90 carat solitaire diamond ring in platinum with six prongsFrom € 1.210 (excl. VAT)
XO earrings in red gold with small round diamondsFrom € 600 (excl. VAT)
1.00 carat solitaire diamond ring in white goldFrom € 1.740 (excl. VAT)
0.20 carat diamond design infinity necklace in platinumFrom € 1.330 (excl. VAT)
In addition, platinum is a hypoallergenic precious metal. Ideal therefore for those who react sensitively to jewellery
This is not the case with platinum. Precisely because platinum is so strong and durable, the biggest part (85-99%) of platinum jewellery is made up of pure platinum. The rest is supplemented with iridium, ruthenium or cobalt, for example. Platinum rings that bear the inscription 900 or 950, are respectively made up of 90% and 95% pure platinum.
This clarity means that, in contrast to white gold that is very similar, this metal will never lose its colourfastness. The colour of platinum is, and remains, a softly shimmering light grey. Yet, choosing between platinum and white gold is no easy task.
For centuries scientists tried to ascertain how to manipulate platinum. It wasn't until 1895 that a safe technique was developed
During the interwar years the jewellery trade underwent a brief, yet significant revival. The Art Deco movement had a real penchant for the sophisticated elegance of platinum. But then the Second World War came about, and the American government banned the use of platinum other than for military use only. To compensate for the scarcity of platinum, white gold was developed after the war as an alternative silver-coloured metal. However, since the 1960s, platinum has undergone a renaissance.
Why is platinum more expensive than gold?
What else is platinum used for?
One remarkable application is as a medicine against certain cancers! Cisplatin that is partially made up of platinum, is an effective cure for cancer and is even listed on the WHO's list of essential medicines.
Why should I choose platinum?
What does platinum mean in the music industry?
To date, Elvis Presley has had the most platinum albums to his name (53)
In Belgium 20,000 singles must be sold to attain platinum status. This is on the proviso however that the single is sung in one of the country's native languages. If the single isn't in Dutch, French or German, it has to be sold 30,000 times. In a large country such as the USA, a single must be sold 1 million times.
What platinum jewellery will you choose?
Every precious stone is given its unique certificate of authenticity
So, go ahead, browse our collection of platinum engagement rings and order your choice right now for your loved one online.