Posted by Erin: February 25 2013
I am finally back to work after a Christmas of seemingly endless stomach bugs, viruses and snotty noses. I have been furiously catching up on my customer orders but also trying to re-stock my cabinets. I am now working on platinum pieces for stock. I love platinum. It doesn't oxidise when heated, it is a noble metal and it's resistance to wear makes it perfect for jewellery.
Noble metals (ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, osmium, iridium, platinum and gold) are metals which are resistant to corrosion and oxidation in moist air.
Platiunum prices plumited in 2008 but it had been creeping back up since then... "During periods of sustained economic stability and growth, the price of platinum tends to be as much as twice the price of gold, whereas during periods of economic uncertainty, the price of platinum tends to decrease due to reduced industrial demand, falling below the price of gold. Gold prices are more stable in slow economic times, as gold is considered a safe haven and gold demand is not driven by industrial uses. In the 18th century, platinum's rarity made King Louis XV of France declare it the only metal fit for a king." - Thank you wikipedia.
Because platinum has an extremely high melting point (1774o) I cannot melt it 'by hand' like I do with gold. Instead, in order to achieve my molten edges I have to make a pattern in silver and then cast into platinum. The finished product looks great!
If you are interested in platinum jewellery please contact the shop.
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